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An ex-mercenary (Tom Berenger) becomes a take-no-prisoners teacher in a drug-ridden, gang-infested Miami high school in this campy morality tale about restoring lost American virtues to the inner city. Berenger's character, Shale, has no first name, a shadowy past as a patriotic gun-for-hire, and is temporarily unemployed and living with an idealistic teacher, Jane Hetzko (Diane Verona). Jane has angered a school gang leader, Juan Lucas (Marc Anthony), by asking the principal to get him transferred after he has ...
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Tom Berenger, Raymond Cruz, William Forsythe, Luis Guzm?n, Richard Brooks (VI) 06/18/1997 DVD Fair 1996 Run time: 114. All our DVDs are the original disc in the original case.

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An ex-mercenary (Tom Berenger) becomes a take-no-prisoners teacher in a drug-ridden, gang-infested Miami high school in this campy morality tale about restoring lost American virtues to the inner city. Berenger's character, Shale, has no first name, a shadowy past as a patriotic gun-for-hire, and is temporarily unemployed and living with an idealistic teacher, Jane Hetzko (Diane Verona). Jane has angered a school gang leader, Juan Lucas (Marc Anthony), by asking the principal to get him transferred after he has threatened her in the schoolyard. After Jane is kneecapped by a gang member, Shale fakes a resume and becomes a substitute teacher, Mr. Smith. He lectures his class on the lessons of Vietnam ("We were fighting Communism") while looking for a way to get revenge on Juan. When he challenges the school's tolerance for student misbehavior, Smith is fired by the slimy principal Claude Rolle (Ernie Hudson), an ex-cop who is running for city council and doesn't want to rock the boat. Shale stays because he cites a union rule requiring two weeks' notice. During that period, tensions escalate and eventually Shale intervenes in a gang war that degenerates into a school-destroying inferno of violence.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Production notes; Cast and crew bios; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Robert Mandel's ludicrously over-the-top action film is an instant camp classic. Tom Berenger stars as a former mercenary who takes over his girlfriend's (Diane Venora) class after she's kneecapped by one of her more unruly students. He wins over his class through the movie-teacher ploy of throwing out the curriculum to talk about real life, and about his experience in Vietnam, which he helpfully likens to a gang war. Berenger quickly runs afoul of the student thugs who work for drug-dealing principal (Ernie Hudson). As hostilities escalate, and the teacher calls in his mercenary buddies to take on Hudson's private army, the film degenerates into a hilariously surreal third act of open combat in the school corridors. When the shooting stops, the students get back their drug-free school, which now looks like a hotel in downtown Beirut. Unfortunately the screen time of Venora, who is the best thing in the movie, is severely limited. Berenger uses two expressions in the film: a sheepish one for his scenes with Venora, and a surly mask for the rest of the film. Marc Anthony is effectively nasty as Hudson's right arm, and the talented Cliff de Young scores as a noxious drug kingpin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1997
  • UPC: 012236044901
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Berenger Shale
Ernie Hudson Claude Rolle
Diane Venora Jane Hetzko
Marc Anthony Juan Lacas
Glenn Plummer Darryl Sherman
Cliff De Young Wolfson
William Forsythe Hollan
Richard Brooks Wellman
Sharron Corley Jerome
Raymond Cruz Joey Six
Rodney A. Grant Johnny Glades
Luis Guzman Rem
Peggy Pope Anna Dillon
Maria Celedonio Lisa Rodriguez
Vincent Laresca Rodriguez
Beau Weaver Janus Showreel Narrator
Noelle Beck Deidre
Jodie Wilson Mrs. Andrewson
Artie Malesci Marvin
Nidia Alvarez Student
Ana Azcuy TV Announcer
Mike Benitez Chemistry Teacher
Juan Cejas Thug
Maurice Compte Tay
Enrique Cruz Student
David Diaz Student
Steve DuMouchel Buyer
Mercedes Enriquez High School Nurse
Lazaro Gomez Student
David Hayes Frank
Gustavo Laborde Drug Carrier
Dwight Lauderdale Himself
Ian Marioles Kod Punk
Melissa Martinez Student
Wilmer Padilla Burgler
Travis Patterson Student
Margo Peace Mrs. Rollé
Claudia Silva Student
Ricky Simon Student
Willis Sparks John Janus
David Spates Michael
Marta Velasco Rollé's Secretary
Jim Warne Bull
Technical Credits
Robert Mandel Director
Steven Bakalar Executive Producer
Jay Cannistraci Makeup
Gary Chang Score Composer, Songwriter
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Devorah Cutler Executive Producer
Morrie Eisenman Producer
Patricia Field Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Foglia Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Fojo Art Director
Ron Foreman Production Designer
Roy Frumkes Screenwriter
Tom Irvine Asst. Director
Carol Lewis Casting
Alex Mackie Editor
Alan Ormsby Screenwriter
Barbara Peterson Set Decoration/Design
Rocco Simonelli Screenwriter
Jim Steele Producer
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Cheryl Voss Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Opening Credits [4:31]
2. Miami [1:38]
3. "What Were His Exact Words?" [:49]
4. Sign Of The Times [1:30]
5. Parking Garage [:54]
6. Out Of Work [1:39]
7. Undercover Meeting [1:17]
8. Soldier For Hire [3:46]
9. "Summertime" Crashes To A Halt [1:58]
10. At The Hospital [2:37]
11. First Day Of School [2:27]
12. Class Action [1:43]
13. Roll Call [1:44]
14. Jerome's Rap [:35]
15. Coffee Break [2:07]
16. A Visit To The Principal's Office [1:51]
17. Power Perceived [:30]
18. Shale Assembles His Team [2:50]
19. Authority Challenged [2:06]
20. "I Am The Warrior Chief" [1:03]
21. Under Control [2:16]
22. Two Weeks Notice [4:39]
23. "I'm Sorey" [6:12]
24. "Code 10" In The Front Hall [2:09]
25. "No Talking In The Library" [4:58]
26. Found Out [3:13]
27. Lacas Makes A Deal [2:11]
28. Stakeout [1:38]
29. Deal Gone Bad [2:41]
30. Payback Time [2:43]
31. "You Are History" [1:26]
32. Politics [2:37]
33. An Itchy Situation [2:42]
34. Crash Course In Driving [2:23]
35. Surprise In The School Basement [1:35]
36. No Escape [1:35]
37. Better Late Than Dead [2:38]
38. Game, Set, and Match [2:49]
39. Special Delivery [3:08]
40. "Lights Out..." [3:36]
41. Dealer Special [3:59]
42. Shoot Out At Columbus High [2:11]
43. Rockets Red Glare [3:53]
44. Avoiding A Trap [3:37]
45. Power Achieved [1:04]
46. End Credits [4:15]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Opening Credits [4:31]
2. Miami [1:38]
3. "What Were His Exact Words?" [:49]
4. Sign Of The Times [1:30]
5. Parking Garage [:54]
6. Out Of Work [1:39]
7. Undercover Meeting [1:17]
8. Soldier For Hire [3:46]
9. "Summertime" Crashes To A Halt [1:58]
10. At The Hospital [2:37]
11. First Day Of School [2:27]
12. Class Action [1:43]
13. Roll Call [1:44]
14. Jerome's Rap [:35]
15. Coffee Break [2:07]
16. A Visit To The Principal's Office [1:51]
17. Power Perceived [:30]
18. Shale Assembles His Team [2:50]
19. Authority Challenged [2:06]
20. "I Am The Warrior Chief" [1:03]
21. Under Control [2:16]
22. Two Weeks Notice [4:39]
23. "I'm Sorey" [6:12]
24. "Code 10" In The Front Hall [2:09]
25. "No Talking In The Library" [4:58]
26. Found Out [3:13]
27. Lacas Makes A Deal [2:11]
28. Stakeout [1:38]
29. Deal Gone Bad [2:41]
30. Payback Time [2:43]
31. "You Are History" [1:26]
32. Politics [2:37]
33. An Itchy Situation [2:42]
34. Crash Course In Driving [2:23]
35. Surprise In The School Basement [1:35]
36. No Escape [1:35]
37. Better Late Than Dead [2:38]
38. Game, Set, and Match [2:49]
39. Special Delivery [3:08]
40. "Lights Out..." [3:36]
41. Dealer Special [3:59]
42. Shoot Out At Columbus High [2:11]
43. Rockets Red Glare [3:53]
44. Avoiding A Trap [3:37]
45. Power Achieved [1:04]
46. End Credits [4:15]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
   Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
      Play Trailer [Trailer]
      Coming Attractions
   Cast & Crew
      Tom Berenger as Shale
         Featured Films
      Diane Venora as Jane Hetzco
         Featured Films
      Ernie Hudson as Rolle
         Featured Films
      Glenn Plummer as Mr. Sherman
         Featured Films
      William Forsythe as Hollan
         Featured Films
            Featured Films
               Robert Mandel (Director)
                  Featured Films
               Bruce Surtees (Cinematographer)
                  Featured Films
               Gary Chang (Composer)
                  Featured Films
               Production Notes
                  End Credits
      Marc Anthony as Juan Lacas
         Featured Films
            Featured Films
      Crew [Production Crew]
         Robert Mandel (Director)
            Featured Films
            Featured Films
         Bruce Surtees (Cinematographer)
            Featured Films
            Featured Films
         Gary Chang (Composer)
            Featured Films
            Featured Films
         Production Notes
            Featured Films
            End Credits
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
   Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailer
      Play Trailer [Trailer]
      Coming Attractions
   Cast & Crew
      Tom Berenger as Shale
      Diane Venora as Jane Hetzco
      Ernie Hudson as Rolle
      Glenn Plummer as Mr. Sherman
      William Forsythe as Hollan
      Marc Anthony as Juan Lacas
      Crew [Production Crew]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2001

    A MARC ANTHONY LOVER!

    I love this movie because Marc Anthony is playing in the movie ( as Juan Lacas ) and he is so very cute. MARC ANTHONY: I LOVE YOU FOREVER AN ALWAYS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!!

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