Killing Mr. Griffin

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Popular high school student Mark Kinney (Scott Bairstow) wants to get even with tyrannical English teacher John Griffin (Jay Thomas) for humiliating him in class. Together with a group of like-minded friends, Mark hatches a plot to kidnap Mr. Griffin, using his girlfriend Susan (Amy Jo Johnson) as bait. All Mark wants to do is put a scare in Griffin and take a bunch of photographs that will show up the teacher for the fatuous phony that he seems to be. But the student prank goes horribly awry when Griffin turns up dead, the victim of heart failure! Now it falls upon Mark and his co-conspirators to furtively cover their tracks, lest they be accused of felony murder. Based on the bestselling novel by Lois Duncan, the made-for-TV Killing Mr. Griffin debuted April 7, 1997, on ABC.


Jay Thomas
as John Griffin
Mario López
as Dave Ruggles
Scott Bairstow
as Mark Kinney
Amy Jo Johnson
as Susan McConnell
Cordelia Richards
as Mrs. Griffin
Joan McMurtrey
as Janet McConnell
Scott Jaeck
as Vince McConnell
Joey Zimmerman
as Nicholas McConnell
James McDonnell
as Willy Kinney
Rhonda Dotson
as Dolly Luna
Denise Y. Dowe
as Det. Pruitt
Richard Marion
as Mr. Bontley
Dennis Renfield
as Substitute English Teacher
Denise Dowse
as Detective Pruitt
Lucy Lin
as Newscaster
Paul Linke
as Basketball Coach
Katie Johnston
as Pajama Queen
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  • Sep 06, 2010
    When I saw this as a pre-teen in the 90s on TV, I was really amazed. It was dramatic, scary, and exciting. Plus it stars a bunch of 90s TV actors. Overall it's an excellent teen drama.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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