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The Principal (1987)

A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school.

Director:

Christopher Cain

Writer:

Frank Deese
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Rick Latimer (as James Belushi)
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Jake Phillips
Rae Dawn Chong ... Hilary Orozco
Michael Wright ... Victor Duncan
J.J. Cohen ... White Zac
Esai Morales ... Raymi Rojas
Troy Winbush ... 'Baby' Emile
Jacob Vargas ... Arturo Diego
Thomas Ryan Thomas Ryan ... Robert Darcy
Reggie Johnson ... Jojo
Kelly Jo Minter ... Treena Lester (as Kelly Minter)
Ruth Beckford Ruth Beckford ... Mrs. Jenkins
Julian Brooks Julian Brooks ... Kevin
Joan Valderrama Joan Valderrama ... Secretary
Rick Hamilton Rick Hamilton ... Mr. Harkley
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Storyline

Rick Latimer is a teacher who gets a job as the principal of a school with a very bad reputation. In fact, his transfer there is a kind of punishment because he beat his wife's boyfriend. So, Rick finds himself in a school where drugs, knives and guns are very usual things... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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At a high school where the students major in Rioting, Racketeering and Rumbling...one man who's never done ANYTHING by the book is about to lay down the law. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Prinzipal - Einer gegen alle See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,297,710, 20 September 1987

Gross USA:

$19,734,940

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,734,940
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The motorcycle that Rick Latimer rides throughout the movie is a 1985 Honda Shadow. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Victor Duncan gets out of the car, walks on school grounds to kill Latimer He is wearing a black leather jacket and black leather pants. In the rest of the scene's Duncan is wearing blue jeans. See more »

Quotes

Rick Latimer: [in his office] ... Okay, what's your name?
White Zac: Just call me White Zac. My real last name's O'Something-Or-Other, too long to say.
Rick Latimer: Sweet. Well, Mr. O'Something-Or-Other, can you tell me what class *this* is for?
[holds up a switchblade taken from Zac]
White Zac: Any class Victor Duncan tries to kill me in.
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Soundtracks

Jingo
Performed by Jellybean Benítez (as Jellybean)
Produced by: Jellybean Benítez
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Closest thing to a modern John Wayne.
23 April 2002 | by rogerc172See all my reviews

One of the things I like to ponder is what modern stars would fill the shoes of actors of the past or parts they played. For instance, if they did a remake of Bonanza, John Goodman would fill Dan Blockers shoes pretty well as Hoss, & I think Michael J Fox may be a passable Little Joe. Also of course, Cheryl Ladd did well as Grace Kelly. Some stars have been so one of a kind though that one would be hard pressed to imagine who would be up to the task. John Wayne is one such figure. While James Belushi may not quite have the physical stature of the Duke, his performance in The Principal comes the closest in my impression to reminding me of the "cut the crap" individualism of the screen legend. Public schools could probably learn a lot from this feature.

Of the many comedians of early Saturday Night Live who have gone on to movies, Belushi appears to be the one who has most successfully transcended the comedian stereotype. While Bill Murrey may do well as a comic role being serious, the few pictures I've seen James Belushi in suggest that he's more like a serious actor who's also funny.

Good feature for those of us who are tired of irresponsible youth getting a free pass.


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