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Teachers (1984)

A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

W.R. McKinney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Alex Jurel
JoBeth Williams ... Lisa Hammond
Judd Hirsch ... Roger Rubell
Ralph Macchio ... Eddie Pilikian
Allen Garfield ... Carl Rosenberg
Lee Grant ... Dr. Donna Burke
Richard Mulligan ... Herbert Gower
Royal Dano ... Ditto Stiles
William Schallert ... Horn
Art Metrano ... Troy
Laura Dern ... Diane
Crispin Glover ... Danny
Morgan Freeman ... Lewis
Madeleine Sherwood ... Grace
Steven Hill ... Sloan
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Storyline

A teacher overcomes his frustration in a high-school full of flunkies. As he attempts to educate his students, his attempts to help them gets him into trouble with the school board, which only adds to his problems. With the support of his students he beats the school board and his frustration. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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They fall asleep in class. Throw ink on each other. Never come in Mondays. And they're just the teachers. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Aufsässigen See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,013,366, 8 October 1984

Gross USA:

$27,774,237
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an unusual move at the end of the film, the picture cuts to an advertisement for the movie's soundtrack album just before the rest of the closing credits roll. See more »

Goofs

When questioning one of the students on how her name is pronounced, Rosenbloom refers to the fact that just yesterday, she said it was something different. It had already been established that this scene was taking place on a Monday, which would have made Sunday the previous day. Highly doubtful that school was in session on a Sunday. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Donna Burke: We, the board members present, think that you should tender your resignation.
Alex Jurel: My resignation? What for?
Dr. Donna Burke: Because, Mr. Jurel, no one here wants to go through the pain of firing you.
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Connections

References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'm The) Teacher
Performed by Ian Hunter
Produced by Mick Ronson
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
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More realistic than people think
18 May 2011 | by ballen78See all my reviews

I'm finishing up my 7th year as a an 8th grade teacher at a typical rural public junior high/high school, and I watch this movie at the end of each school year. It does a few things for me: 1. Helps me realize just how f'd up the people I work with/for really are. 2. Gives me something to laugh about to take the edge off of a long school year. 3. Motivates me to keep teaching year after year even when I've just finished teaching some rough classes.

As for the movie itself, it's up and down. Nolte is his typical mid-80's drunken self. Laura Dern was outstanding as the slutty student, and the rest of the cast fills in the gaps. What I like about the movie is that the teachers, even as stereotypical as they are portrayed, are so real. I can name a fellow faculty member for each role, as most teachers probably could.


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