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The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999)

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At a college visit to a war buddy's professor daughter, mercenary Karl Thomasson finds her brutally beaten. He then poses as a teacher to teach a lesson, and get revenge, on the brash football jocks responsible.

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Robert Radler

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Karl Thomasson
David Jensen David Jensen ... Macy
Barbara Jane Reams Barbara Jane Reams ... Albanian Girl
Brian Simpson ... Soldier #1
Jeff Jensen Jeff Jensen ... Soldier #2
Rebecca Staab ... Prof. Nicole Stewart
Erin Chambers ... Terri
Michael Shane Davis Michael Shane Davis ... Josh Silver
James Black ... Rahmel
Ed Cameron Ed Cameron ... Bo Robinson
Christian Jensen ... Thad
Maxx Payne ... Muscle
Robert Harvey ... Counterman
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Head Coach Bill Braden
Curtis Lupo Curtis Lupo ... Footballer #1
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Professional mercenary Karl Thomasson, his friend Macy, and an albanian girl are being held in a brutal Kosovo prison where Macy is severely beaten. Just before he dies, Macy gives Karl a medal to give to Macy's daughter Nicole Stewart, who is a professor of english at Eastern Atlantic University on Long Island in New York. Karl and the Albanian girl then escape, and Karl kills their two captors. Three months later, Karl shows up at the university and visits Nicole, who is reluctant to accept Macy's medal because due to his military obligations, Macy was out of Nicole's life more than he was in it. Soon after Karl visits Nicole, she is brutally beaten up. When Karl hears of this, he has his friends Ed Lincoln and Rahmel help him take over as Nicole's substitute under a false name, then Karl brings another mercenary friend named Andy in on the investigation of the beating so Andy can work with Karl, Ed, and Rahmel. Karl believes it was a member of the football team who did it then he ... Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@mis.net>

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality, | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A félelmek iskolája 3: Dupla vagy semmi See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is set in Long Island but was shot in Salt Lake City so the director had to make sure that no mountains appeared in any shot. See more »

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When Andy/Susie is breaking the fingers of the big mobster guy, her left leg is on top of him in some shots and tucked beside him in other shots. See more »

Quotes

Thad: We still gotta do something about that teacher. Get her off our backs.
Bo Robinson: Yeah you're right.
Jeremy: What do you do when someones standing between you and the end-zone? You chop block his ass into next week! Send him home on a stretcher!
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Finnish video version is cut by 55 seconds. See more »

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Followed by The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001) See more »

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Teaches a Valuable Lesson
21 April 2006 | by helfeleatherSee all my reviews

The Substitute trilogy adopts a noble cause. All three films endeavour to teach their audience the great value of violence. The technique is very subtle. The films begin with a school where it seems that humourless criminal thugs have taken control. They bully students and even the teachers, to the point of making their lives a living hell.

Substitute 3 sticks to the formula. That's where Treat Wiliams steps in, fresh from serving as an honourable mercenary on the good side, of course, in some war. (His salary is never mentioned. Perhaps he just does it for the satisfaction of knowing that he is killing bad people. I always feel satisfied when I kill bad people, so it would make sense.)

His problem is not the bad thugs in the school. He can smash them to a pulp with very little effort, and he takes every opportunity to do so. The trouble is that the pretty blond English professor isn't yet convinced that the solution to violence is more brutal violence. It's probably all those arty books she's read. Therefore Treat has to demonstrate by punching, kicking, knifing and shooting as many of the bad guys as possible.

I won't spoil the ending. You'll have to watch the film yourself to find out whether the prof sees how misguided she was.


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