Dangerous Minds 1995

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Ex-Marine, divorcee and English teacher LouAnne (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrives at a tough inner city school determined to make a difference to the lives of her new special needs students. But first she has to win their trust. Along the way she has to overcome opposition to her unorthodox methods from above.

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Courtney B. Vance
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Courtney B. Vance, George Dzundza, Bonnie Bartlett
Director John N. Smith
Genres Drama
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 15 June 2006
Main languages English

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct 2000
Format: DVD
Michelle Pfeiffer leads the cast in this drama set in a North California school. The storyline is easy to read, and the ending is clear to see half way through the film. Ex-Marine Louanne Johnson (Pfeiffer) is left in a high school classroom armed only with her integrity and courage. With strong acting from Pfeiffer and the students, in particular - Emilio (Wade Dominguez), Raul (Renoly Santiago) and Carrie (Bruklun Harris), the film relies more upon its sentimental value rather than the story. Watch the trials and tribulations of Louanne Johnson as she tries to lead misguided students away from accepting failure towards a brighter future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "littlejunny" on 3 Jan 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is a true story based on LouAnne Johnson who uses unorthodox teachings to try and save the lives of these kids, from rough backrounds of drugs, violence, guns etc
She uses bribes, takes them to the themepark etc
This is a good film for any fan of good movies. Those who say its predictable, are right. But this is a true story based on the book 'My posse don't do homework'- that has been re-made into the book 'Dangerous MInds'
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Dangerous Minds was first published as My Posse Don't Do Homework and it is a true story, based on the experiences of a teacher who taught from her heart and not the textbook. The movie is a Hollywood version, complete with stereotypes and fictional "dramatic touches." It's a nice movie, and perhaps it inspired some kids to do their homework -- if so, that's great. But the movie is not the true story, so if you are going to review the book, be sure to review the book. I think it's a pretty good book, but I have met the author and heard her speak. Anybody who has heard her speak knows that she cares most of all about kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sweet on 6 Nov 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic film I remember the first time I saw it. I was completely blown away to me it's a gritty and raw film. The soundtrack to the film is fantastic. This film is well worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 24 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
A fantastic movie, a bit clichéd for today's times but quite breakthrough in 1995. Well acted, well written, funny at times, serious at other times. Altogether well balanced.

Except the end. I mean, seriously ... what happened at the end??? I know that she left for her "reasons" but it is never actually clear what her reasons are. Is she leaving because she's upset at Emilio's death? Is she upset at the 'system' and it's lack of flexibility? Is she bored with helping these kids?? I don't actually know! The ending seems way too sudden, as if the producers ran out of money and had to finish the film by the end of the day. The movie took the perfect amount of time getting itself introduced. The pace was good, until Emilio's death. I don't know ... the ending left me thinking "Well, why is she so special? She hasn't actually DONE anything except bribe these kids with candy bars and roller-coaster rides!" Overall the message is good, and the storyline is fine. The movie is shot nicely and it works well enough for me. It was entertaining. But it left me wondering exactly why she even bothered trying to educate these kids in the first place if she was so willing to just leave them just at a time when they were starting to appreciate her message!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on 5 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
I love this film even 13 years on it is still a winner with em
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Noronha on 8 Dec 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this movie oh-so-long-ago when it first came out, and now that I watched it again on DVD it still strikes me as it did then: Michelle Pfeiffer is far more convincing as a hawk than she ever was as a teacher, especially a teacher for rough kids in a rough school. The ending reminds me of Dead Poets Society - another pointless teenage death that the screenwriters used to like to foist on audiences some 20 years ago for some sort of effect I never understood. The soundtrack is good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becky on 17 Nov 2010
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As soon as I bought this DVD, I knew it was going to be very good. When I watched the movie, words couldn't express how brillant it was. The acting was brillant, the music was good and generally the movie's message was very inspiring. It's a shame there aren't many good people like this in the real world.

I have watched this movie loads now since I bought this.
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