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The Faculty (1998)

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Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

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Robert Rodriguez

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David Wechter (story), Bruce Kimmel (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordana Brewster ... Delilah Profitt
Clea DuVall ... Stokely 'Stokes' Mitchell
Laura Harris ... Marybeth Louise Hutchinson
Josh Hartnett ... Zeke Tyler
Shawn Hatosy ... Stan Rosado
Salma Hayek ... Nurse Rosa Harper
Famke Janssen ... Miss Elizabeth Burke
Piper Laurie ... Mrs. Karen Olson
Christopher McDonald ... Mr. Frank Connor (as Chris McDonald)
Bebe Neuwirth ... Principal Valerie Drake
Robert Patrick ... Coach Joe Willis
Usher Raymond ... Gabe Santora
Jon Stewart ... Prof. Edward Furlong
Daniel von Bargen ... Mr. John Tate
Elijah Wood ... Casey Connor
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Storyline

A horror tale set in a High School where the students suspect the teaching staff of being aliens, who are intent on making the students their victims. Written by Jordan Chamerski

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The new science fiction thriller - From the director of Desperado & From Dusk till Dawn - From the writer of Scream & Scream 2 See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,633,495, 27 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,064,955, 9 May 1999
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 11 mins) When Casey nurses his wounds in the bathroom at the beginning of the movie, graffiti above his head reads, Tito & Tarantula. This is the band of Tito Larriva, who has composed music and acted in director Robert Rodriguez's other movies, Desperado (1995) and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). See more »

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(at around 12 mins) In the faculty lounge near the beginning of the film, when Mr. Tate has the line "Can we say retirement?," Mr. Furlong's green jacket can be seen next to him. However, at that point, Mr. Furlong is actually talking to Nurse Harper and her patient by the table. Furlong doesn't move next to Tate until later in the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Coach Willis: You got to pick up the line. God damn it! Get off the fucking field you limp ass blow jobs!
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Crazy Credits

During the cast pictures at the end, the science teacher who was 'killed' in the film is shown very much alive with a patch over his eyes and bandages over his fingers. See more »

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Another Brick in the Wall, part II
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Class of '99 featuring Layne Staley, Tom Morello, Stephen Perkins, Martyn LeNoble and Matt Serletic
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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Campy, ridiculous, but entertaining high school version of Body Snatchers
11 May 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

This film fuses elements of the Breakfast Club with Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Robert Rodrigues makes entertaining films, and does so consistently. The Faculty is no exception, though the formula is radically different from his standard approach. In place of large guns, spectacular stunt choreography and a silly soundtrack, Rodrigues made "The Faculty" with a classy ensemble cast and some awesome special effects. The script is also very good, featuring strong characterization and interesting dialog. All of these elements make The Faculty a very watchable film, and make up for the completely unoriginal and not very coherent plot.

The film begins as a paranoiac comedy about a typical high school where the students and faculty see each other as alien species. Ho hum. However, after about 20 minutes of set-up, the faculty really starts to become an alien species, as they are assimilated by water-loving parasites with very bad attitudes and a kind of group consciousness straight out of Invasion of The Body Snatchers and Star Trek's Borg. Six kids, very unlikely team-mates representing the archetypal teenage personalities of the postmodern world, team up to try to save the world, once they realize that the aliens can be driven off by, of all things, caffeine. Especially impressive are Elijah Wood, Piper Laurie, Robert Patrick, Josh Hartnett and Clea DuVall.

Like most of Rodrigues' films, The Faculty never loses its sense of humor, and pulls off its own absurdity with artful visualization and a tight, driving pace. Unlike many of Rodrigues' films, however, The Faculty is disposable - it's not really meant to be viewed more than once. See it if you're a Rodrigues fan, or somebody who enjoys the obscure but growing genre of horror-comedy.


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