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One Eight Seven (1997)

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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.


Kevin Reynolds


Scott Yagemann
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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


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


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


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


While riding his exercise bike, Trevor Garfield (Samuel L. Jackson) wears a Morehouse College sweatshirt, Jackson's alma mater. See more »


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 »


[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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Crazy Credits

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 »


References The Shining (1980) See more »


Written and Performed by David Darling
Courtesy of ECM Records
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User Reviews

Violence breeds violence
25 October 2013 | by ereinionSee all my reviews

This movie offers good insight into the culture of violence that is prevalent in cities like Los Angeles, especially its eastern part. Samuel Jackson plays a teacher who survived a brutal stabbing in a NY school and moves to L.A. in order to start again in a new place, trying to get away from the traumatic memories connected to his old working place. But it turns out to be just the beginning of a new nightmare for him: he gets the worst class imaginable, where some of the students are real thugs and hoodlums. The worst of them are Benny Chacon (played by an unknown actor) and Cesar Sanchez, played by Clifton Collins Jr in one of his first major roles. After Chacon kills a graffiti artist for spoiling one of his "masterpieces", he goes on the run and is later found dead. Garfield (Jackson) is left to deal with Sanchez, who proves to be enough for him to handle.

This shows how violence, psychological violence itself, can make a non-violent individual get more violent and retort to violence in order to solve a problem. Jackson's Trevor Garfield is a traumatised veteran who gets pushed too far by the school bullies and starts bullying back, in his own way. At the same time, this film also lays the blame on the school itself, its principal's tolerance for the bullies' antics and lack of understanding or sympathy for Garfield's plight clearly underscores that. The gangbangers get their way more often than not and Garfield has to fight a lone battle, one which also changes his personality.

It is a pretty strong film which has a sort of sleepy film-noir quality, reminiscent of some older films. Samuel Jackson makes a very good performance, same as Collins Jr and the beautiful Kelly Rowan and John Heard make good supporting performances. Rowan's character seems to be the only one which is "clean" in all this mess. Her role is that of a moral guardian who questions Jackson's actions when he retaliates against the bullies. Other characters are all pretty much despicable, except for Rita, who is just a victim of her own environment. This is the gangland, where only law is the law of the strongest and the most intimidating. It shows how hard it is to fight against this law.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

187 See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,222,984, 3 August 1997

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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