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Detention (1998)

R | | Drama | March 1998 (USA)
After some personal trauma, Wilson Walmsley is invited to work as a substitute teacher in a suburban public high school. He finds lack of authority and interest in the school direction and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John S. Davies ... William Walmsley
Marsha Dietlein ... Louise Germain
Meason Wiley Meason Wiley ... Davey
Kirk E. Kelleykahn ... Tony (as Kirk Kelley-Kahn)
Susana Gibb ... Julie
Brandy Little ... Tracey
Rebecca Sanabria ... Maria
Jonathan Brent ... Willie
Forest Denbow Forest Denbow ... Joey
Gail Cronauer ... Ms. Nunca
Steven Fromholz Steven Fromholz ... Teacher's Rep (as Steve Fromholtz)
Lee Ritchey Lee Ritchey ... Principal Weaver
Carolyn Wickwire ... Moss
Rene Moreno Rene Moreno ... Gonzales
Jodi Leigh Jodi Leigh ... Teacher's Aide


After some personal trauma, Wilson Walmsley is invited to work as a substitute teacher in a suburban public high school. He finds lack of authority and interest in the school direction and teacher body; uncontrolled and abusive students in an environment of disrespect and lack of discipline. He becomes close to the arts teacher Louise and to the smart and abused student Joey. When he saves Louise from a sexual assault of the student Davey, Louise and him are sued by Davey's family lawyer; then Davey's girlfriend beats Louise. The upset Walmsley lures, drugs and kidnaps Joey and six troublemakers of his class and brings them to his isolate real estate in Alpine, Texas. When the seven students wake up, they are naked and caged in cages with electric fences. When Walmsley arrives, he advises that his class will begin, and any disrespect or lack of discipline will be duly punished, and shots Joey to make clear his intentions. And the class begins. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong language, some nudity and violence

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Release Date:

March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Learning Curve See more »

Filming Locations:

Cresson, Texas, USA See more »

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Louise: What are they, crazy?
The Temp: : They prefer goofy.
Louise: So does Pluto, from what I hear.
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Exceptional story and acting marred by gratuitous nudity
9 August 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Hmmm,...this COULD have been an exceptional film for ages teen to adult. However, because the writers and producers decided to include a lot of gratuitous nudity (including genitalia and people urinating), this is NOT a movie for the kids or even the teens--which is a shame, as the movie could have been enjoyed by teens, but I assume most responsible parents wouldn't let their kids see this. In fact, up until the long nude sequence, my 16 year-old was watching the film with me, but I had to turn it off and see it when she went to bed. While I COULD understand the extensive use of a lot of profanity, it would have been easy to do the film without so much skin. Plus, the fact that all these nude scenes are supposed to involve kids about 16 or so, it seems pretty disturbing. Perhaps a pedophile could find the movie very arousing. And all this is a REAL shame, as the film was written and acted so well and really was exceptionally original and interesting.

The story involves a bizarre but very likable substitute teacher who works in a school that is full of rich, pampered punks who run the place and make the adults live in fear. While this aspect seemed a bit over-the-top in this regard, it did make for a VERY satisfying sadistic solution by the sub. Instead of betraying the manner in which he corrects several bad kids' behavior, it's really best you see it yourself--just be sure it's without the kids!

One reviewer said they felt that the acting was bad, though I actually thought John Davies in particular (in the lead) was exceptional. I really liked the job he did in the film and hope to see more of him in other films.

By the way, I usually am not obsessed with minute mistakes in movies, but I did notice a problem with the sequence where the two teachers drink a beer. Before the lady opens her bottle of beer, it already has about 1/3 of the contents missing.

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