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The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001)

Former mercenary Karl Thomasson returns once again as a substitute teacher, this time to infiltrate a military school's faculty to cease the actions of white supremacists.

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Robert Radler

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Roy Frumkes (characters), Dan Gurskis | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Karl Thomasson
Angie Everhart ... Jenny
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Brack
Bill Nunn ... Luther
Tim Abell ... Devlin
Grayson Fricke Grayson Fricke ... Ted Teague
Simon Rhee ... Lim
Scott Thomas ... Buckner (as Scott Miles)
Brian Beegle ... Frey
Samantha Thomas Samantha Thomas ... Harmon
John Michael Weatherly ... Mauk (as Michael Weatherly)
Lori Beth Sikes ... Cunningham (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
Moe El Emam ... Robson (as Mohamed T. El Emam)
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson ... Colonel Teague
K.C. Powe K.C. Powe ... Sissy
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A former mercenary joins a military academy as a teacher. He soon discovers a neo-Nazi group, code-named Werewolves, formed among the cadets. He also quickly finds that they have military leadership among the officers at the Academy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not an Option See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second film in which the female love interest is killed off. See more »

Goofs

When Karl walks in on Jenny having sex with another man, the man clearly looks at Karl when he is standing in the doorway. However, shortly after Karl walks away, the character then asks Jenny what was the matter as if he didn't see Karl. See more »

Quotes

Buckner: We're prime for another civil war. This time its whites against blacks.
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Follows The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999) See more »

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Stooopiddd!
31 January 2003 | by teknocydeSee all my reviews

I saw this late last night, not knowing what it was, since I couldn't sleep. Once the film was over, I went to sleep alright.

Anyway, Treat Williams is a merc who goes undercover for some buddy of his to get his son out of a military academy, headed by some "Neo-Nazi" nutcase. Once he gets there, he meets up with another old buddy of his, conviently, who gives him the scoop of what's going on. There he learns that his target has joined an 'elite group' unoriginally dubbed as the "werewolves".

Anyways, the scripting is absolutely the world's worst story - from an anti-racist viewpoint or otherwise - done on neo-nazism, even worse than than American History X. The acting sucks! Whoever played the villian obviously can't act to save his life, though I guess he wasn't handed much of a character in the first place. The direction and/or production sucks because realistically if that kind of a nutcase were in charge of an MA, then he wouldn't have the cast he did.


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