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Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Thriller | 20 August 1999 (USA)
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The story of a girl who is willing to do anything to become Valedictorian, even if it means murdering the teacher that stands in her way.


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Complete credited cast:
Trudie Tucker
Miss Gold
John Patrick White ...


Leigh Ann is salutatorian when she needs to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse than the leader in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle, and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle's class goes awry, mayhem ensues and friendships, loyalties and trust are tested by the teacher's intricate mind-games. Written by <fichaud2000@hotmail.com>

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You've met the Witch, now meet the B-tch. See more »


Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, violence, sexuality, language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killing Mrs. Tingle  »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,326,870, 22 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,946,237, 3 October 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally to be called "Killing Mrs. Tingle". The events on 20 April 1999 at Columbine High School (Littleton, Colorado, USA) in which 13 people were murdered by two of their own classmates, prompted the name change. See more »


When we first see the principal of the school standing on the front steps of the school, he has a coffee mug in his right hand. He moves the mug to his left hand but after a cut, the mug has jumped back into his right hand. See more »


Leigh Ann Watson: I'm gonna burn in hell for this.
Luke Churner: It'll be a party!
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References Jerry Springer (1991) See more »


I Shut Down
Written by Emmanuel Kiriakou
Performed by Emmanuel Kiriakou (as Eman)
Courtesy of Lunapark Entertainment
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Stupid Students Learn Nothing from the Great Ms. Mirren
29 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was zapping until I saw Ms. Mirren's elegant face. Damn, this woman's hot! I think I missed about the first half hour but seeing the utter crap that this film is, I certainly haven't missed much. This is just another one of those trashy teen thrillers and the only good thing about it is (obviously) Helen Mirren. I loved the way she transforms from mean to vulnerable to manipulative. The character is not the best written character (then there's a whole lot wrong with the sloppy writing let alone inconsistency, plot holes and lack of characterization) but this woman pulls it off with brilliance. Katie Holmes is one of the most uninteresting actresses and she should just stick to that snoozefest soap 'Dawson's Creek' where she continues 'advising' her co-stars. Oh wait, that's been long cancelled, hasn't it? Barry Watson and Marisa Coughlan are equally pathetic. I'm sure the director and the writer hated their teachers which is why they want to teach the kids of today that it's alright to kidnap your teacher and beat her up, no matter how mean she is in class because that will surely get you an A.

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