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Plain Clothes Details


Arliss Howard plays a baby-faced undercover cop, posing as a high school student. Howard is investigating the murder of a teacher, a task made difficult when his own brother (Loren Dean) becomes the primary suspect. Meanwhile, the ersatz student falls in love with Alexandre Powers, the daughter of the school's gym instructor. Before long, Howard is having trouble separating his "real" self from his fictional persona: he event develops a crush on home-room teacher Suzy Amis! Director Martha Coolidge and scriptwriter A. Scott Frank seem to be having a lot of fun pushing the credibility envelope in the amusing but unnecessarily convoluted Plain Clothes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 15, 1988


Arliss Howard
as Nick Dunbar
Suzy Amis
as Robin Torrance
George Wendt
as Chet Butler
Diane Ladd
as Jane Melway
Seymour Cassel
as Ed Malmburg
Jackie Gayle
as Coach Zeffer
Robert Stack
as Mr. Gardner, Principal
Harry Shearer
as Simon Feck
Peter Dobson
as Kyle Kerns
Alexandra Powers
as Daun-Marie Zeffer
Loren Dean
as Matt Dunbar
Jackie Burch
Max Perlich
as Carter
Reginald VelJohnson
as Captain Graff
Abe Vigoda
as Mr. Wiseman
Larry Pine
as Dave Hechtor
Bridget Hoffman
as Student Announcer
Phoebe Augustine
as Girl at Fair
Michael Watson
as Warden
Landon Wine
as Warden
Tee Dennard
as Sal


Martha Coolidge
Dan Vining
Screen Story
Scott Frank
Screen Story
Scott Frank
Daniel Hainey
Scott Wilk
Composer (Music Score)
Edward M. Abroms
Michel Levesque
Production Designer
William Apperson
Art Director
Richard Wechsler
Michael Manheim
Don Goldman
Associate Producer
Steven Charles Jaffe
Executive Producer
Tracy Tynan
Costume Designer
Dan Gleich
Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Riggs
Special Effects
Don Goldman
Production Manager
Jackie Burch