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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.

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 Jonny Bogris ... Barsek (as Yannis Bogris)
Dominic Hoffman 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.

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

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Drama | Thriller

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

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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:

$2,912,400, 3 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,716,080, 7 September 1997
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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In California, 187 is the police code for homicide. See more »

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After Mr Garfield shoots himself, Cesar's face and vest are blood spattered. In the next shot, the blood is gone. See more »

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[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 »

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Performed by Method Man
Mixed by Liam Howlett (as Prodigy)
Courtesy of Def Jam Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A nice, thoughtful alternative to all those countless DANGEROUS MINDS clones made during the time.
7 January 2003 | by CowmanSee all my reviews

Kevin Reynolds' 187, although billed as another "straight-laced-teacher-turns-troubled-urban-highschool-teens-into-well-rounded-individuals" movie, goes above and beyond this tired premise. The provocative story (which was apparently written by an actual highschool teacher) breathes new life into the otherwise stale highschool-drama subgenre.

Samuel L. Jackson's performance as Trevor Garfield is fantastic, and his many emotional scenes and powerfully delivered lines of dialogue work well at allowing the audience to sympathize with the disenchanted Garfield and relate to his humdrum life. Also, the characters are much more dynamic and developed here than in most movies of this kind. The student as well as the faculty roles are all given unique personalities, backgrounds, and adequate motivation for their actions, which is a refreshing departure from the typical "the reason they're bad kids is because they grew up in the 'hood"-style characterizations.

Although a few of the supporting performances are somewhat stilted (mainly because they are overshadowed by Jackson's excellence), the highly original story is clever enough keep anyone's interest piqued until the heartrending (although arguably contrived) ending. 187, aside from being smart, touching, and one-of-a-kind, really shows off Reynolds' ability to successfully convert a good, solid screenplay into a good, solid film. And since this movie was made directly after his abominable WATER WORLD, we should all by doubly impressed by his efforts!


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