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An ex-mercenary (Tom Berenger) becomes a take-no-prisoners teacher in a drug-ridden, gang-infested Miami high school in this campy morality tale about restoring lost American virtues to the inner city. Berenger's character, Shale, has no first name, a shadowy past as a patriotic gun-for-hire, and is temporarily unemployed and living with an idealistic teacher, Jane Hetzko (Diane Verona). Jane has angered a school gang leader, Juan Lucas (Marc Anthony), by asking the principal to get him transferred after he has threatened her in the schoolyard. After Jane is kneecapped by a gang member, Shale fakes a resume and becomes a substitute teacher, Mr. Smith. He lectures his class on the lessons of Vietnam ("We were fighting Communism") while looking for a way to get revenge on Juan. When he challenges the school's tolerance for student misbehavior, Smith is fired by the slimy principal, Claude Rolle (Ernie Hudson), an ex-cop who is running for City Council and doesn't want to rock the boat. Shale stays because he cites a union rule requiring two weeks' notice. During that period, tensions escalate and eventually Shale intervenes in a gang war that degenerates into a school-destroying inferno of violence. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast

Tom Berenger
as Shale
Ernie Hudson
as Claude Rolle
Diane Venora
as Jane Hetzko
Marc Anthony
as Juan Lacas
Glenn Plummer
as Darryl Sherman
Cliff De Young
as Wolfson
William Forsythe
as Hollan
Richard Brooks
as Wellman
Sharron Corley
as Jerome
Raymond Cruz
as Joey Six
Rodney A. Grant
as Johnny Glades
Luis Guzman
as Rem
Peggy Pope
as Anna Dillon
Maria Celedonio
as Lisa Rodriguez
Vincent Laresca
as Rodriguez
Beau Weaver
as Janus Showreel Narrator
Noelle Beck
as Deidre
Jodie Wilson
as Mrs. Andrewson
Artie Malesci
as Marvin
Ana Azcuy
as TV Announcer
Mike Benitez
as Chemistry Teacher
Maurice Compte
as Tay
Enrique Cruz
as Student
Steve DuMouchel
as Buyer
Mercedes Enriquez
as High School Nurse
Lazaro Gomez
as Student
Gustavo Laborie
as Drug Carrier
Ian Marioles
as Kod Punk
Melissa Martinez
as Student
Margo Peace
as Mrs. Rollé
Claudia Silva
as Student
Ricky Simon
as Student
Willis Sparks
as John Janus
David Spates
as Michael
Jim Warne
as Bull
Vincent Laresca
as Rodriguez
Maurice Compte
as Tay
Raymond Cruz
as Joey Six
Peggy Pope
as Anna Dillon
Rodney A. Grant
as Johnny Glades
Claudia Silva
as Student
Maria Celedonio
as Lisa Rodriguez
Ana Azcuy
as TV Announcer
Enrique Cruz
as Student
Willis Sparks
as John Janus
Luis Guzman
as Rem
Artie Malesci
as Marvin
Ricky Simon
as Student
David Spates
as Michael
Steve DuMouchel
as Buyer
Mike Benitez
as Chemistry Teacher
Margo Peace
as Mrs. Rollé
Gustavo Laborie
as Drug Carrier
Melissa Martinez
as Student
Noelle Beck
as Deidre
Richard Brooks
as Wellman
Ian Marioles
as Kod Punk
Mercedes Enriquez
as High School Nurse
Jodie Wilson
as Mrs. Andrewson
Sharron Corley
as Jerome
Beau Weaver
as Janus Showreel Narrator
Lazaro Gomez
as Student

Crew

Robert Mandel
Director
Morrie Eisenman
Producer
Jim Steele
Producer
Rocco Simonelli
Screenwriter
Alan Ormsby
Screenwriter
Roy Frumkes
Screenwriter
Bruce Surtees
Cinematographer
Gary Chang
Composer (Music Score)
Gary Chang
Songwriter
Alex Mackie
Editor
Ron Foreman
Production Designer
Richard Fojo
Art Director
Steven Bakalar
Executive Producer
Barbara Peterson
Set Designer
Patricia Field
Costume Designer
Joe Foglia
Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Irvine
First Assistant Director
Mary Colquhoun
Casting
Carol Lewis
Casting
Cheryl Voss
Makeup
Jay Cannistraci
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