Dangerous Minds (1995)

Dangerous Minds



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Movie Info

In this drama, a school teacher discovers that it takes more than the ABCs to get through to a class of "uneducatable" kids. When Lou Anne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer), a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps with a degree in education, begins a new job at an inner-city school in California, the principal (George Dzundza) warns her that her class will be the "rejects from Hell" -- kids with severe social problems and no interest in education. While at first her African-American and Latino … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Bass, Ronald Bass
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 1999


as Louanne Johnson

as Hal Griffith

as George Grandey

as Carla Nichols

as Callie Roberts

as Raul Sanchero

as Emilio Ramirez

as Mary Benton

as Irene Roberts

as Waiter

as Cornelius Bates

as Gusmaro Rivera

as Durrell Benton

as Mr Sanchero

as Woman #1/School Offi...

as Stunt Student

as Librarian #2

as Roderick

as Lionel Benton

as Stephanie

as Huero

as Mrs. Sanchero

as Mr. Sanchero

as Tyeisha Roberts

as Mr. Santiago
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Critic Reviews for Dangerous Minds

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (15)

Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The tale screenwriter Ronald Bass came up with, and the way director John N. Smith tells it, is stereotypical, predictable and simplified to the point of meaninglessness.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If only the filmmakers had used some subtlety in telling the story, they could have done right by the real LouAnne Johnson.

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

Pfieffer is absurdly miscast: Sly Stallone would make a more plausible Mr. Chips than the frail, squeaky actress does a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps.

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

Stay home and watch Welcome Back Kotter. It's more enlightening.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The movie pretends to show poor black kids being bribed into literacy by Dylan and candy bars, but actually it is the crossover white audience that is being bribed with mind-candy in the form of safe words by the two Dylans.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dangerous Minds

Stories about teachers winning over a tough audience are always uplifting - shades of 'To Sir with Love'. This movie has all the normal ingredients - tough-but-caring teacher, kids-with-chips-on-their-shoulders, fights, the teacher deciding to leave, but kids pull her back. Music is great. I would have rated it higher, but it really has been done before many times.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

I like movies like these, although its not as good as films like freedom writers, it is an entertaining enough movie.
Its not the most inspirational drama that gives you the wow factor at the end of the movie but it is funny and keeps you interested.
I absolutely love the soundtrack to this movie its amazing.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Stereotypical, predictable and unrealistic.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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