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The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001)

Former mercenary Karl Thomasson returns once again as a substitute teacher, this time to infiltrate a military school's faculty to cease the actions of white supremacists.

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Robert Radler

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Roy Frumkes (characters), Dan Gurskis | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Karl Thomasson
Angie Everhart ... Jenny
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Brack
Bill Nunn ... Luther
Tim Abell ... Devlin
Grayson Fricke Grayson Fricke ... Ted Teague
Simon Rhee ... Lim
Scott Thomas ... Buckner (as Scott Miles)
Brian Beegle ... Frey
Samantha Thomas Samantha Thomas ... Harmon
John Michael Weatherly ... Mauk (as Michael Weatherly)
Lori Beth Sikes ... Cunningham (as Lori Beth Edgeman)
Moe El Emam ... Robson (as Mohamed T. El Emam)
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson ... Colonel Teague
K.C. Powe K.C. Powe ... Sissy
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Storyline

A former mercenary joins a military academy as a teacher. He soon discovers a neo-Nazi group, code-named Werewolves, formed among the cadets. He also quickly finds that they have military leadership among the officers at the Academy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute 4: Failure Is Not an Option See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the first three Substitue films, the protagonist works with a team of mercenaries that he served with in combat. In this film he doesn't work with his mercenary team, but he does work with one an old member of his team who is a martial arts teacher at the military academy. See more »

Goofs

Treat Williams is supposed to be a uniformed teacher/officer in a military academy. Yet his haircut is clearly not within US Army standards. See more »

Quotes

Karl Thomasson: Jenny, hey.
Jenny: Hey.
Karl Thomasson: I'm sorry.
Jenny: For last night?
Karl Thomasson: Yeah.
Jenny: That's OK, its not the first time someone walked out on me.
Karl Thomasson: Yeah.
[Scoffs]
Jenny: But usually they walk out after we've had sex.
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Follows The Substitute 2: School's Out (1998) See more »

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A fourth sequel is NEVER a good idea...
4 January 2001 | by zeena30See all my reviews

This movie is one of those movies you try to watch when nothing else is on, and you have absolutely nothing else to do.

I tried, and I failed. I tried again, and I failed again.

I'm not much of a Treat Williams fan, but he occasionally, if only by accident, turns up in some pretty decent B movies. This isn't one of them.

The high point of the movie is a ridiculous scene with a group of cadets in a circle clanging hatchets (yes, you read that right) and yelling "Kill! Burn! Bomb! Wolverine Power!!" or some such nonsense. I actually laughed out loud. Hysterically - I couldn't stop. I ended up with the hiccups.

This movie only rates a 99 cents rental. Anything more would be overpriced.


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