Director: Arthur Hiller Cast: 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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2015
UPC: 0887090098601
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 21,079

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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Teachers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watch this film every so often -- especially when I feel discouraged. It shows numerous teaching stereotypes, but also inspires with humor and frankness. I taught in a school whose population was similar to the one in the movie, and NOTHING surprises me! Both veterans and newer public school teachers should view it ... and smile with pride!