Teachers

Teachers

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Director: Arthur Hiller

Cast: Arthur Hiller, Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch

     
 

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Arthur Hiller directed this satiric look at contemporary urban high schools, examining disillusioned teachers who try to regain their idealism. Nick Nolte stars as Alex, a teacher at John Fitzgerald Kennedy High School, who was once an idealistic teacher but whose main concern now is sobering up before the next class session. The high school is headed by ineffective… See more details below

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Arthur Hiller directed this satiric look at contemporary urban high schools, examining disillusioned teachers who try to regain their idealism. Nick Nolte stars as Alex, a teacher at John Fitzgerald Kennedy High School, who was once an idealistic teacher but whose main concern now is sobering up before the next class session. The high school is headed by ineffective principal Mr. Horn (William Schallert) and an imperious vice-principal named Roger (Judd Hirsch). When a recent graduate of the high school sues the school because it graduated him illiterate, Alex finds himself in conflict with the hard-nosed school superintendent Dr. Burke (Lee Grant). The high school heats up even more when Alex falls in love with Lisa (JoBeth Williams), the attractive lawyer who was once one of Alex's honor students.

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Arthur Hiller's Teachers contains -- or more appropriately, fails to keep contained -- every single issue that could conceivably face the contemporary high school. In turn it serves as a preview of the feverish sensationalism otherwise known as Boston Public, David E. Kelley's overly topical TV drama that would arrive 15 years later. But, earnest moments aside, Teachers is more clearly a satire. One teacher makes his students face the opposite direction and quietly work while he reads the paper; a second attacks her colleague with the squirted blue ink from a mimeograph machine; a third carries a gun in her briefcase. And did we mention there's an escaped mental patient working as a substitute? Teachers stays on top of this messy abundance of subplots by way of its good humor, plus an all-star cast fronted by Nick Nolte and JoBeth Williams. Solid professionals like Judd Hirsch, Morgan Freeman and Richard Mulligan also keep it from going off the rails as issue after issue collide. At the same time, Teachers can't be taken seriously enough to work as a real inspirational film, which it also wants to be. Nolte's best efforts aside, Teachers is working too hard at grappling with its spectrum of hot-button educational issues, featuring all the character archetypes required to dramatize them, to seem like much more than a highlight reel of disastrous incidents. The standard components are shoe-horned in with a basic competency that sometimes approaches real likeability. But Teachers' enduring role is more academic; it's as a first-rate example of a certain catch-all philosophy popular in 1980s filmmaking.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
UPC:
0027616084170
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:47:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Alex
JoBeth Williams Lisa
Judd Hirsch Roger
Ralph Macchio Eddie
Lee Grant Dr. Burke
Richard Mulligan Herbert
Allen Garfield Rosenberg
Royal Dano Ditto
William Schallert Horn
Crispin Glover Danny
Zohra Lampert Mrs. Pilikian
Katherine Balfour Theresa
Art Metrano Troy
Laura Dern Diane
Anthony Heald Narc
Morgan Freeman Lewis
Madeleine Sherwood Grace
Steven Hill Sloan
Mary Alice Linda Ganz
Vivian Bonnell Nurse
Virginia Capers Landlady
Ellen Crawford Social Worker
Aaron Freeman Brinkman
Patricia Gaul Lowe
Ronald Hunter Mr. Pilikian
Julia Jennings The Blonde
Stephen Mendillo Lecture Cop
Jeff Ware Malloy
Richard Zobel Propes
Virginia Smith Lee
Andrew Ream Henson
Tony Lincoln Guard
Wilbert Bradley Guard
Ron Dean Guard
Zaid Farid Cop
Bernard Canepari Cop
Will Zahrn Cop
Simon Williams Attendant
Paul Zegler Attendant
Dick Sollenberger Attendant
Phillip S. Wilson Teacher
Mary Wilson Teacher

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Norman Burza Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Cocker Songwriter
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Jost Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound/Sound Designer
Art Levinson Associate Producer
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
W.R. McKinney Screenwriter
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Michele Neely Costumes/Costume Designer
Night Ranger Songwriter
Aaron Russo Producer
Irwin Russo Executive Producer
Bob Seger Songwriter
38 Special Songwriter
L. Andrew Stone Asst. Director
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Don Zimmerman Editor
ZZ Top Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Teachers
1. Main Titles/Monday Morning [4:32]
2. Mimeo Madness [4:05]
3. Getting a Job [1:43]
4. Classroom Antics [3:35]
5. Pitching In [1:17]
6. Lawsuit Strategy [1:59]
7. Counselor Jurel [3:18]
8. Unwinding [3:17]
9. Getting Served [3:45]
10. Playing Hooky [2:56]
11. Extracurricular Activity [2:16]
12. Lounge Talk [5:38]
13. Unwelcome Publicity [3:29]
14. Accusations [3:55]
15. Passing Away [2:24]
16. Lawyer's Advice [1:50]
17. Troubled Student [5:12]
18. Telling the Truth [4:54]
19. Repeating History [3:16]
20. More Troubles [3:44]
21. Masquerade [3:42]
22. Settlement [3:48]
23. Conspiracy [3:47]
24. Righteous Fight/End Titles [3:39]

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