The Principal (1987)




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Movie Info

A maverick schoolteacher (James Belushi in his feature-film debut) really goofs up when he gets drunk and vandalizes the car of his estranged wife. He gets caught and as his punishment, the school board makes him serve as the principal at the most dangerous high school in their city. This comedy drama chronicles his adventures there.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Fusco III, Frank Deese
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 30, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Rick Latimer

as Victor Duncan

as Jake Phillips

as `White Zac'

as `Baby' Emile

as Arturo Diego

as Robert Darcy

as Robert Darcy

as Treena Lester

as Mrs. Jenkins

as Secretary

as Mr. Harkley

as Security Guard

as Terhune

as Mrs. Ripton

as Police Officer

as Kimberly

as Mrs. Coswell

as P.E. Teacher

as Frank Valdis

as Lance Woodbury

as Stevie B.

as George Pierce

as Principal O'Connor

as Jan Buchanan

as Gang Member

as Desk Officer

as Mr. Petersen

as Maintenance Man

as Shocked Teacher

as Substitute Teacher

as Charles Lester

as Hilary's Student

as Dangerous Danny

as Student

as Student

as Student

as Gang Student

as White Zac
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Critic Reviews for The Principal

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

I'd like to see Morgan Freeman take over THIS school.

March 15, 2008
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

James Belushi is great in The Principal, whether he is giving a speech, throwing out a one-liner, or just raising an eyebrow.

June 14, 2007

An arresting drama starring likable Jim Belushi as an antihero principal trying to clean up a violent, drug-infested high school. Won't be a favorite of ACLU members.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for The Principal

Exciting movie, entertaining and sometimes funny, The Principal, have the potential to be a good film. Problem: not so great direction and script.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A horrible movie about a horrible school and the horrible teachers who do horrible things to the students to try and enforce some rules. I hated this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Another guilty pleasure from the 80's.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

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