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Dangerous Minds (1995)

An ex-Marine turned teacher struggles to connect with her students in an inner city school.

Director:

John N. Smith

Writers:

LouAnne Johnson (book), Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Louanne Johnson
George Dzundza ... Hal Griffith
Courtney B. Vance ... Mr. George Grandey
Robin Bartlett ... Mrs. Carla Nichols
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Mary Benton
John Neville ... Waiter
Lorraine Toussaint ... Irene Roberts
Renoly Santiago ... Raul Sanchero
Wade Dominguez ... Emilio Ramirez
Bruklin Harris ... Callie Roberts
Marcello Thedford ... Cornelius Bates
Roberto Alvarez Roberto Alvarez ... Gusmaro Rivera
Richard Grant Richard Grant ... Durrell Benton
Marisela Gonzales Marisela Gonzales ... Angela
Toni Nichelle Buzhardt Toni Nichelle Buzhardt ... Nikki
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Storyline

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

She Broke The Rules... And Changed Their Lives.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Posse Don't Do Homework See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlingame, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,931,503, 13 August 1995

Gross USA:

$84,919,401

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,519,401
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Pfeiffer previously starred in another movie which had Dangerous as the first half of the title: Dangerous Liaisons (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Raul gets dragged away by the police from his fight with Emilio you can see that his ponytail is ruined, but in the next shot when they got out of the school his ponytail was back. See more »

Quotes

Hal Griffith: How'd they get you to stay?
Louanne: They gave me candy and called me their light.
Hal Griffith: That'll do it.
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Referenced in Studio C: Episode #2.10 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

GANGSTA'S PARADISE
Written by Stevie Wonder, Coolio (as Artis Ivey), Doug Rasheed and 'L.V. (I)' (as Lawrence Sanders)
Performed by Coolio featuring L.V.
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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very inspirational movie
28 November 2002 | by todd2uSee all my reviews

One thing I've learned through th years is that use your own opinion when it comes to movies. Just because someone says it a bad movie doesn't quite mean you wont like it. Dangerous Minds is an excellent movie. I've read reviews on this movie and saying that this was just another Hollywood movie. Their wrong! I watched this movie and I was really impressed by it. For me it was truly inspirational. Michelle Pfeiffer was excellent in this movie. There are some who says that Michelle isn't tough enough to play the character, but sorry to burst their bubble but it's called acting. You can be the weakest person on earth but if your truly a good actor then you can make anyone believe your a tough guy or girl. The music was awesome. The cast was great. The Plot and script was exceptional. I recommend this movie to anyone. You wont be disappointed. I sure wasn't.


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