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Teaching Mrs. Tingle Details


After the success of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and television's Dawson's Creek, screenwriter Kevin Williamson made his directorial debut with this screwball thriller in which an honor roll student and two friends kidnap their witchy teacher. Although her single mom (Lesley Ann Warren), a waitress, struggles to make ends meet, aspiring writer Leigh Ann Watson (Katie Holmes) works hard, avoids sexual temptation, and focuses on her studies. She hopes to make valedictorian and earn a scholarship to college -- and get away from her dead-end hometown. As her senior year draws to a close, however, she's dogged by harsh grades from her vituperative history instructor, Mrs. Tingle (Helen Mirren). On the same day she finds out that she's still in second place behind fellow valedictory candidate Mary Beth Carter (Liz Stauber), Leigh Ann must endure Mrs. Tingle's fierce criticism of the final project into which she's poured her heart. After commiserating with her best friend, aspiring actress Jo Lynn Jordan (Marisa Coughlan), and hunky stoner Luke Churner ([[Performer~P271982~Barry Watson~barrywatson]]), Leigh Ann runs even further afoul of Mrs. Tingle; Luke stashes an advance copy of the teacher's final exam in Leigh Ann's backpack and Tingle discovers it, promising to turn Leigh Ann in for cheating and ruin her chances of a better life. When the three teens turn up at Tingle's house to try to reason with her, Luke and Jo Lynn manage to accidentally kidnap Mrs. Tingle. Soon the three students are keeping their teacher a prisoner, trying to figure out how to blackmail her into silence while maintaining the illusion that nothing strange is going on. Teaching Mrs. Tingle was filmed under the name "Killing Mrs. Tingle," but the title was changed after a rash of real-life high school killing sprees made the headlines. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:August 11, 1999


Helen Mirren
as Mrs. Eve Tingle
Katie Holmes
as Leigh Ann Watson
Jeffrey Tambor
as Gym Coach
Barry Watson
as Luke Churner
Marisa Coughlan
as Jo Lynn Jordan
Liz Stauber
as Mary Beth Carter
Michael McKean
as Principal Potter
Molly Ringwald
as Substitute Teacher
Vivica A. Fox
as Guidance Counselor
Lesley Ann Warren
as Mrs. Prescott
Brian Klugman


Kevin Williamson
Cathy Konrad
Kevin Williamson
Jerzy Zielinski
Duncan Sheik
Mary Ramos
Musical Direction/Supervision
Naomi Shohan
Production Designer
David S. Lazan
Art Director
Paul Hellerman
Julie Plec
Associate Producer
Gina Fortunato
Associate Producer
Erica Huggins
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Cary Granat
Executive Producer
Michael Finnell
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Ted Field
Executive Producer
Lauren Cory
Set Designer
Daniel May
Set Designer
Scott P. Murphy
Set Designer
Jim Stuebe
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Merryman
Camera Operator
David Boyd
Camera Operator
Troy Robinson
Eileen Weisinger
Tricia Peters
Leigh Hennessy
Diana Lupo
Lisa Beach
Mark Dobrogowski
Art Department Assistant
Martin Coblenz
Transportation Captain
Lauren Feige
Production Assistant
Mishell Chandler
Hair Styles
Andrew Ullman
Location Manager
John Kwiatkowski
Sound Editor
Kevin Constant
Assistant Art Director
Kevin Hyman
Executive in Charge of Production
Howell Gibbens
Sound Editor
Adam Kopald
Sound Editor
Jane Galli
Key Make-up
Jeffrey Olan
Extra Casting
Jessica Bender
Cable Person
Voya Mikulic
Bill Brummond
Steadicam Operator
Bernice Briggs
Visual Effects Producer
Todd Toon
Supervising Sound Editor
Paul Hellerman
Unit Production Manager
Pete Anthony
Piero Mura
Sound Editor
Rick Bota
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Rick Cohen
Assistant Properties
Robert Hackl
Post Production Supervisor
Ronit Ravich-Boss
Script Supervisor
Rosemary Cremona
Second Assistant Director
Rowland Wafford
Assistant Location Manager
Sarah Katzman
Casting Associate
Shannon Hart
Steve Beeson
Production Accountant
Steven Cooke
Assistant Chief Lighting Technician
Susan Kistler
Costumes Supervisor
Susan Pickett
Second Second Assistant Director
Frank Ceglia
Special Effects Coordinator
Allen Wong
First Assistant Accountant
Gregg Barbanell
Foley Walker
Cecele Destefano
Art Department Coordinator
Albert Gasser
Supervising Sound Editor
Daniel Arredondo
Post Production Supervisor
Daniel Arredondo
Second Assistant Director
Daniel Curet
Hair Styles
Daniel Gaber
Music Editor
Daniel Pershing
Dolly Grip
Brian Bruskrud
First Assistant Accountant
Brian LeGrady
First Assistant Camera
Brian Markey
Construction Coordinator
Briana Burke-Ullman
Assistant Location Manager
Bruce Birmelin
Still Photographer
Bruce Sharp
Mel Metcalfe
Re-Recording Mixer
Terry Porter
Re-Recording Mixer
Dean A. Zupancic
Re-Recording Mixer
Bob Baron
ADR Mixer
Tina Anderson
Production Coordinator
Patrick J. Don Vito
First Assistant Editor