One Eight Seven (1997)

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A dedicated high school teacher tries to imbue his troubled, mostly impoverished inner city students with discipline, respect and a love of learning, but unlike the educators in The Blackboard Jungle, To Sir With Love or even Stand and Deliver, this teacher fails and so resorts to desperate means to cope. Up until the moment he was stabbed by a vengeful gang member while teaching at a Brooklyn High School, Trevor Garfield (Samuel L. Jackson) was a dedicated educator. His nearly fatal wounding coupled with an indifferent school administration profoundly changed him. Fifteen months race past and a physically recovered Trevor is substituting at an inner city school in Los Angeles. But though he has changed coast lines, the students are just as vicious, angry and dangerous as their New York counterparts. Trevor is particularly bedeviled by Benny Chacon (Lobo Sebastian), a brazen gangsta who commits a murder and disappears, leaving the defiant Cesar in charge. In proving his dominion, Cesar (Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez) and his cronies commit various crimes against Trevor, whose only friend is fellow teacher Ellen Henry (Kelly Rowan). When Cesar goes too far, Trevor goes over the edge. The action is punctuated by a driving musical score and restless MTV-style camerawork that adds artiness to the unswervingly downbeat plot. The title (pronounced "one, eight, seven") is used by gang members to denote homicide; they in turn took it from a police code.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Drama
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

Samuel L. Jackson
as Trevor Garfield
Jack Kehler
as Hyland
Method Man
as Dennis Broadway
John Heard
as Dave Childress
Tony Plana
as Garcia
Kelly Rowan
as Ellen Henry
Jonah Rooney
as Stevie
Donal Gibson
as Animal Regulation Officer
Esther Scott
as Mrs. Ford
Kathryn Leigh Scott
as Anglo Woman
Leonard Thomas
as New York Assistant Principal
Sage Allen
as Teacher
Vic Polizos
as Assistant Coroner
Yannis Bogris
as Barsek
Martha Velez
as Mrs. Chacon
Johan Rooney
as Stevie
Harri James
as Librarian
David Reyes
as Investigator
Esther 'Tita' Mercado
as Mrs. Santana
Lisa Del Mundo
as Asian Girl
Larry Costales
as Hispanic Man
Chase A. Garland
as Straggling Student
Anthony Aguilar
as Chicano Tagger
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Critic Reviews for One Eight Seven

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (5)

A combined psychological and vigilante drama.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

A compelling, sobering drama about a well-intentioned high-school teacher driven over the edge by criminal student predators. Jackson gives a commanding, very empathetic performance.

March 5, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

Excellent drama about what tough schools are really like. Doesn't glamorize students or teachers. Powerful.

July 24, 2003
About.com

Awful urban angst piece. One of Jackson's worst roles.

May 23, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

What makes the film work, perhaps better than it has any right to be, is Jackson.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
TheMovieReport.com

If you're looking for another Stand and Deliver, watch something else.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
AboutFilm.com

Audience Reviews for One Eight Seven

if 20 was the rating scale I'd rate this film a 70! by far great movie full of great performances Samuel L Jackson was absolutely amazing in this film!

Kenneth Huster
Kenneth Huster

Looked like some sort of B grade thriller, and didn't turn out to be much more than that.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

A great film, totally recomend people to watch this

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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