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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 (Barry Watson), 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
Lesley Ann Warren
as Mrs. Prescott


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