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The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001)

Former mercenary Karl Thomasson returns once again as a substitute teacher, this time to infiltrate a military school's faculty to cease the actions of white supremacists.

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Robert Radler

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Roy Frumkes (characters), Dan Gurskis | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Karl Thomasson
Angie Everhart ... Jenny
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Brack
Bill Nunn ... Luther
Tim Abell ... Devlin
Grayson Fricke Grayson Fricke ... Ted Teague
Simon Rhee ... Lim
Scott Thomas ... Buckner (as Scott Miles)
Brian Beegle ... Frey
Samantha Thomas Samantha Thomas ... Harmon
John Michael Weatherly ... Mauk (as Michael Weatherly)
Lori Beth Sikes ... Cunningham (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
Moe El Emam ... Robson (as Mohamed T. El Emam)
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson ... Colonel Teague
K.C. Powe K.C. Powe ... Sissy
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Storyline

A former mercenary joins a military academy as a teacher. He soon discovers a neo-Nazi group, code-named Werewolves, formed among the cadets. He also quickly finds that they have military leadership among the officers at the Academy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not an Option See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only film in the Substitute series in which Karl is no longer a mercenary. This time, he is retired from the mercenary business and is now a police detective. See more »

Goofs

When Karl walks in on Jenny having sex with another man, the man clearly looks at Karl when he is standing in the doorway. However, shortly after Karl walks away, the character then asks Jenny what was the matter as if he didn't see Karl. See more »

Quotes

Karl Thomasson: Whine usually makes me tired.
Jenny: [Kisses Karl] Still tired?
Karl Thomasson: No, I'm wide awake now!
[He and Jenny passionately kiss]
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Follows The Substitute 3: Winner Takes All (1999) See more »

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Uniform goofs
29 October 2018 | by grinchbSee all my reviews

LTC Brack is supposed to be a "war hero". No medals for valor are on his uniform. Williams uniform is really messed up. He claims to be Special Forces, no SF Tab, no SF insignia on his uniform lapels.no Jump Wings, no SF or 7th Infantry Division patch though he served in Panama during the Invasion. No Combat Infantry Badge. The branch of service he wears is Armor, combat patch is Calvary.he tells the girl that he was Infantry.


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