15 months after being stabbed 9 times by a student at work as a high school teacher in NYC, Mr. Garfield is working in LA as a substitute teacher come full-time. He refuses to be a victim anymore.

Director:

Kevin Reynolds

Writer:

Scott Yagemann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Trevor Garfield
John Heard ... Dave Childress
Kelly Rowan ... Ellen Henry
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Cesar Sanchez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Tony Plana ... Principal Garcia
Karina Arroyave ... Rita Martinez
Lobo Sebastian ... Benny Chacon
Jack Kehler ... Larry Hyland
Jonah Rooney Jonah Rooney ... Stevie Littleton
Demetrius Navarro ... Paco
Ebony Monique Solomon Ebony Monique Solomon ... Lakesia
Jonny Bogris ... Barsek (as Yannis Bogris)
Dominic Hoffman ... Victor
Martha Velez Martha Velez ... Mrs. Chacon
Method Man ... Dennis Broadway
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Storyline

High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los Angeles to the unruly, predominantly Latino school. He has to tame wolf-like students.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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When schools become war zones and both sides start taking casualties, what then?

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, strong language, drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

5 years earlier, in 1992, Clifton Collins explained to Christopher Lambert what 187 means as they entered their jail cell in Fortress. See more »

Goofs

In the computer class scene when Stevie storms out of the room there's a boom microphone hanging over Ms. Henry's head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
school official: Alright, let's go people, let's go. One minute until tardy lock-down... take your hat off, thank you... let's go, let's go. Everybody move inside, move inside... morning Trevor, good morning. Let's go, get inside... let her go! No smoking - I don't smoke, you don't smoke. Let's go people, today's a *good* day to learn.
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A teacher wrote this movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on USA Network, the scene where Rita is topless uses different camera angles to avoid nudity. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Movie Show: Episode dated 23 November 1997 (1997) See more »

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Labyrinth
Written and Performed by Michael Stearns
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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Interesting insights into boundaries, and what is going too far.
11 July 2000 | by Rich BSee all my reviews

Samuel L. Jackson is superb in this hard look at the pressure that American Teachers can face. The story begins simply enough, but soon leads us into a jungle of what is right and what is wrong. It encompasses the themes of machismo, gangs, respect and the fallen and tainted profession of teaching. Jackson plays the destroyed Teacher, whose life is torn apart after a serious stabbing by one of his own pupils. It follows his fight to cling on to the only thing he has left in his life, Teaching, but soon that too is torn away from him. Watch for this amazing insight into the state of some American schools and for the complex discussions of right, wrong and what it takes to exact a change.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

187 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,222,984, 3 August 1997

Gross USA:

$5,727,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,727,130
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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