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The Substitute (1996)

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Mercenary Shale's team is retired after a (not so) covert mission in Cuba. He becomes substitute teacher at his teacher fiancee's Miami high school to get those behind kneecapping her. His team helps him.

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Robert Mandel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Shale
Raymond Cruz ... Joey Six
William Forsythe ... Hollan
Luis Guzmán ... Rem
Richard Brooks ... Wellman
Ana Azcuy Ana Azcuy ... TV Announcer
Diane Venora ... Jane Hetzko
Glenn Plummer ... Sherman
Shar-Ron Corley ... Jerome (as Sharron Corley)
Vincent Laresca ... Rodriguez
Maurice Compte ... Tay
Marc Anthony ... Lacas
Ernie Hudson ... Rolle
Beau Weaver ... Janus Showreel Narrator
Cliff De Young ... Wolfson
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Storyline

After a botched mission in Cuba, professional mercenary Shale and his crew Joey Six, Hollan, Rem, and Wellman head home to Miami, Florida, where Shale is reunited with his fiance Jane Hetzko, who is a history teacher at Columbus High School in Miami. Some of Jane's students happen to be members of a street gang known as the "Kings of Destruction" (KOD), led by Juan Lacas, who has been terrorizing Jane. After Jane's kneecap is broken by a big seminole named Bull, she tells Shale that she believes Lacas ordered the attack, so Shale goes undercover as Jane's substitute, and initially, Jane has no idea that Shale is doing this. At the school, Shale meets principal Claude Rolle, librarian Hannah Dillon, and english and drama teacher Darrell Sherman. It turns out that Lacas is one of Jane's students. As Shale investigates the attack on Jane, he discovers that drugs are being circulated into the school. Shale even investigates local drug kingpin Johnny Glades, who may or may not have someone... Written by Todd Baldridge

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The most dangerous thing about school used to be the students. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,096,833, 21 April 1996

Gross USA:

$14,818,176

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,818,176
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is interesting that Rolle is a principal in a public school. When you see his kids they are wearing private school uniforms. See more »

Goofs

While his team is rigging the school, Shale walks through the parking lot. His shirt is wet in spots, but then dry in the next shot inside the classroom. See more »

Quotes

Shale: Did you ever look up the word "mercenary"? It's someone who "works merely for money."
Joey: Everybody works for money.
Shale: It's not the money that bothers me; it's the "merely."
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Miami Life
Written by Ras Kass (as J. Austin)
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Tremendously satisfying!
1 June 2009 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

Here's one of those immensely satisfying albeit somewhat unlikely flicks in which the scumbags really get their just deserts. Think Dangerous Minds crossed with Death Wish and you'll have a pretty good gist of things here.

The ever excellent Tom Berenger stars as a tough as nails mercenary who seeks retribution after his teacher girlfriend is viciously assaulted on the orders of a high school gang calling themselves the Kings Of Destruction. And what better way for our hero to get up close and personal with his quarry than to take the now vacant teaching position his girl friend has left at school and to pose as a substitute. In this assumed role our man quickly weeds out the problem students with some no nonsense discipline which will be sure to raise a smile on most viewers faces. Matters turn out to be a bit more complex however when it is revealed that the school principle is not quite such a genial chap as he at first appears.....in fact far from it as he is orchestrating the gang within his school and trafficking drugs via them. Subsequently our hero enlists the aid of his mercenary buddies to lend a hand and all merry hell subsequently breaks out including in one hilarious scene, one of our boys firing off a rocket launcher down a school corridor(!!!!!) Yes, whilst realism this may be woefully lacking, in fun it more than makes up for!

Go on, treat yourself to this wonderful slice of carefree and highly satisfying escapism - you know you want to.


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