Dangerous Minds

Dangerous Minds

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Directed byJohn N. Smith
Produced byDon Simpson
Jerry Bruckheimer
Written byRonald Bass
Novel by LouAnne Johnson
StarringMichelle Pfeiffer
Music byEddie Haley
Distributed byHollywood Pictures
Release date(s)August 11, 1995
November 24, 1995
January 16, 1996
Running time99 min.
Country United States
LanguageEnglish
Spanish
IMDb profile
Dangerous Minds is a 1995 drama film based on LouAnne Johnson's autobiographical account of her experience as a Marine who left her career to become an teacher at a well-off high school attended by bussed-in students from a ghetto. The film, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, focuses on the challenges of growing up in the inner-city of East Palo Alto, California and of the efforts of a dedicated teacher to allow her class to learn basic elementary education.

Synopsis

When a retired U.S. Marine, LouAnne Johnson, arrives at "Parkmont High School" with poor, angry minorities from East Palo Alto, California, she finds a class of tough, street-wise kids, involved in gangs and drugs, whom Johnson quickly dubs the "retards from hell." Her initially meek demeanour, small stature, and white skin earn her the nickname "white bread" from her students. Determined to have them trust and respect her, she quickly changes her presentation, wearing leather jackets, teaching karate to her students and cursing in the classroom. Creating her own curriculum for her "mentally challenged" and extremely antagonistic class, she starts having them read poetry, using Bob Dylan lyrics to teach symbolism. Johnson rewards her students for their hard work by giving them candy bars to say good job, toy prizes and trip to a boardwalk theme park. Along with helping her students with school work, she also provides emotional support to several students, including a couple of wise-cracking boys who are too caught up in street politics for their own good, and a teen who's dealing with the reality of being pregnant in high school. Although she intends to leave at the end of the year, the students quote the lyrics of the Dylan songs that they learned and insist that she's their "light" and refuse to let her leave. Touched, she agrees to stay.

Production

The school in the film is based on Carlmont High School, but was filmed at Burlingame and San Mateo High Schools, 15 miles from the school where Johnson originally taught.

Music

The rap-based music score is written by Soulja Slim, who also wrote one of the theme songs, the movie also featured the Hip hop musichip-hop Grammy Award winning song "Gangsta's Paradise (song)" by COOLIO.

Legacy

The film became a box office success grossing a total of US$179,519,401.54 in its worldwide revenues and went on to inspire a number of films including Freedom Writers, High School High and One Eight Seven. It also spawned a short-lived spinoff TV series, which features Johnson's further adventures at the school.

The appearance of Joey Holden, playing the minor character Jodie, in the movie, and her eventual death some time after its premiere, is described in Dave Eggers' novel A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

Box office

  • Total Domestic Grosses - $84,919,401.00
  • Total Overseas Grosses - $94,600,000.00
  • Total Worldwide Grosses - $179,519,401.00[1]

Cast

Actor Role
Michelle PfeifferLouAnne Johnson
George DzundzaHal Griffith
Courtney B. VanceGeorge Grandey
Robin BartlettCarla Nichols
Wade DomínguezEmilio Ramírez
Renoly SantiagoRaúl Sanchero
Bruklin HarrisCallie Roberts
Richard GrantDurrell Benton
Roberto AlvarezGusmaro Rivera
Marisela GonzalesAngela
Toni Nichelle BuzhardtNikki
Paula GarcésAlvina
Norris YoungKareem
Rahman IbraheemBig 'G'
Desire GalvezTaiwana
Wilson LimpoRoderick
Raymond GrantLionel Benton
Veronica RoblesStephanie
Marcelo ThedfordCornelius Bates
Michael ArchuletaOso
Deshanda CarterTanyekia
Ebony JeridoDeanne
Brandi YoungerGrip
Asia MinorPam
Karina ArroyaveJosy
Ivan SergeiHuero
Mark Prince EdwardsPJ
Ismael ArchuletaLalo
Skye BassettJody
Beatrice WindeMary Benton
Gaura Vani BuchwaldWarlock
Cynthia AvilaMrs. Sanchero
Roman J. CisnerosMr. Sanchero
Camille WinbushTyeisha Roberts
John NevilleWaiter
Al IsraelMr. Santiago
Brian AnthonyJoey
Jason GutmanAdam
Lara SpottsDianna
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See also

References

1. ^ Boxofficemojo.com. Dangerous Minds Box office Gross.

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Dangerous Minds may refer to the following:
  • Dangerous Minds (TV series) - A TV series based on the 1995 drama film, Dangerous Minds.
  • Dangerous Minds (Soundtrack) - Soundtrack to the 1995 film, Dangerous Minds.

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Carlmont High School

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