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Based on the autobiography of LouAnne Johnson (Pfeiffer), a 10-year Marine turned inspirational inner-city high school English teacher. Naturally, Johnson has to take on the establishment educational system to fight for her kids. If you can buy Pfeiffer as an ex-jarhead, a tough teacher should be no problem. A subplot romance involving Pfeiffer and Andy Garcia was cut from the film to focus on the teacher/student byplay (which seems a real shame); Elaine May did a uncredited script rewrite. Kinda squishy and surprisingly successful.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com

Available on Running time 99 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Urban Drama, High School, True Stories, Teen Angst, Dedicated Teachers, Producers: Bruckheimer/Simpson
Screenplay
Ronald Bass
Cast
Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett, Renoly Santiago, Lorraine Toussaint, John Neville
Cinematography
Pierre Letarte
Director
John N. Smith
Producer
Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lucas Foster, Hollywood Pictures, Buena Vista

Awards

Blockbuster 1996: Drama Actress, T. (Pfeiffer).

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Nicholle

This 1995 movie is based on a true story about a 9 year U.S. Marine who also has a degree in education and decides to followed her dream to become a teacher. Her name is LouAnne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer) and she goes to Parkmont High School to teach. What she didn't expect was that her students were in gangs, took drugs, and didn't care about learning at all. She decided to get down to their level in order to be able to teach them something and communicate with them so she started wearing leather jackets, allowed swearing and taught them karate. She started becoming friends with many of them and even listened to their problems and tried to offer advice. She was going to leave at the end of the year and her students talked her into staying at the school. This movie is really good and Pfeiffer does an excellent job as their teacher.