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Dangerous Minds Details


In this drama, a school teacher discovers that it takes more than the ABCs to get through to a class of "uneducatable" kids. When Lou Anne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer), a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps with a degree in education, begins a new job at an inner-city school in California, the principal (George Dzundza) warns her that her class will be the "rejects from Hell" -- kids with severe social problems and no interest in education. While at first her African-American and Latino students scoff at Lou Anne, she ultimately gets them to open up to learning and literature, through a combination of bribery (candy bars) and intimidation (her karate training from the Marines comes in handy), and she's able to reach out to the students who need her the most: Callie (Bruklin Harris), a bright girl who believes she's thrown away her future when she becomes pregnant; Emilio (Wade Dominquez), a macho bully whose violence is stifling his academic potential; and Raul (Renoly Santiago), the brightest kid in the class, who is afraid to show his intelligence. Dangerous Minds was adapted from a memoir by Lou Anne Johnson entitled My Posse Don't Do Homework. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 11, 1995


Michelle Pfeiffer
as Louanne Johnson
George Dzundza
as Hal Griffith
Courtney B. Vance
as Mr. George Grandey
Robin Bartlett
as Ms. Carla Nichols
Bruklin Harris
as Callie Roberts
Renoly Santiago
as Raul Sanchero
Ivan Sergei
as Huero
Paula Garcés
as Alvina
Beatrice Winde
as Mary Benton
Wade Dominguez
as Emilio
John Neville
as Waiter
Irene Olga Lopez
as Woman #1/School Office
Karina Arroyave
as Josy
Bernie Pock
as Stunt Student
Al Israel
as Mr Santiego
Lorraine Toussaint
as Irene Roberts
Ebony Jerido
as Deanne
Skye Bassett
as Jody


Jerry Bruckheimer
Don Simpson
Ronald Bass
Pierre Letarte
Kim Marks
Wendy Melvoin
Composer (Music Score)
Lisa Coleman
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Rolf
Nancy Patton
Art Director
Philip Toolin
Set Designer
Catherine Mann
Set Designer
Bobbie Read
Costume Designer
David Ronne
Sound/Sound Designer
Kathy Nelson
Chris Squires
Camera Operator
Bonnie Timmermann