• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Arthur Hiller
    In Theaters:
    Oct 5, 1984 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2007
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Teachers
    1 minutes 20 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Teachers Reviews

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AJ V

Super Reviewer

September 6, 2010
This is the worst portrayal of a high school I've ever seen, and none of the actors were good either, which was surprising since there are many good actors in the movie, but I really didn't like this movie.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

February 7, 2007
This satire on American high schools doesn't really hit the spot, despite its wonderful cast. Madcap humour is all very well, but only if you've got some decent jokes hidden in your desk.
Matthew L

Super Reviewer

November 23, 2009
This movie is a plethora of 80's actors including a nude Jobeth Williams and just off the Karate Kid movies Macchio minus Morgan Freeman and has the storyline to match. It is full of some pretty good acting and not a bad script. It actually shows some good acting by Nick Nolte and surprisingly the late Richard Mulligan. It probably never went anywhere because the script matches a lot of other 80's movies of the time. Not a bad soundtrack either. Pre Back to the Future Crispin Glover is a nice touch in this.
neffielee
neffielee

Super Reviewer

July 7, 2009
I can't believe that more people haven't seen this little gem from 1984. A decent storyline with a strong cast and good sountrack. It's funny, it's serious, and it's a little crazy. An interesting mix of comedy and drama.
Jonny C

Super Reviewer

March 18, 2009
Good satire of the 80's US school system. Nick Nolte leads a great cast, which includes a young Laura Dern, and the Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio. Being a teacher I could sympathise with the characters lack of motivation, and the points the writers tried to stress, are as relevant today as they were 20 years ago.
rnicholas57
March 20, 2009
simply watch for the part when the female teacher takes her clothes off, during school, down the hallway--classic
midnight70
July 17, 2007
The only movie I can ever recall Ralph Macchio actually having a part that somewhat portrays him as "cool."
February 7, 2007
A really great film, "Teachers" touches up on the problems facing some of our schools in the U.S. The acting in this film is really superb. This movie has a lot of funny and sad moments.
3568 C.
August 19, 2012
An extended after-school special
Luc L.
October 27, 2010
A typical and forgettable school film.
Del Taco
May 12, 2010
Arthur Hiller, in tackling the public school system, was trying to make a biting film satire ala Network, and The Hospital. He ends up with so so success.

Nolte plays burnt out teacher at inner city school who's convinced he can no longer make a difference. Nick's fellow teachers ( Judd Hirsch, Lee Grant ) are too embroiled in office politics and strategizing an impending strike, to even remotely care about educating our youth.

Nolte finds a renewed calling though two students who show potential. One, a surprise, is the main bully of the school, played by Daniel-San himself, Ralph Macchio, who only month's before in the Karate Kid, played a weakling dweeb getting his ass handed to him by the Kobra Kai.

In this movie, Macchio, is supposedly the epitome of youth rebellion, talking smack to his superiors, prompting terror in his fellow cowering classmates, pulling fire alarms, all the while dressed in a fedora and trench coat

Nolte's renewed idealism, gets tested as he votes not to go on strike, and his fellow faculty play hardball by blackmailing him with rumors of teacher / student illicit relations.

Does Nolte stand by his ideals, or tow the company line.? Hiller tries to hammer this theme home, and at the same time by featuring insane outrageousness, by having lame stuff happen, such as an escaped mental patient showing up, unvetted, as new substitute ; having faculty whine sessions, years before Office Space made it hip, and worst of all, having the lovely Jobeth Williams, embarrass herself by going topless in a school hallway, as a symbol of fighting the system. Not sure how running around nekid helps the kids learn. But it sure made a few of them pay attention for the first time.
jason h.
April 30, 2010
overall Teachers is a good movie, that could have been great. The main problem is the director/screenwriter or both could never decide what kind of movie they wanted to make. drama or comedy, commercial or subversive, teen film or serious melodrama. the acting is evry good. Nick Nolte and judd Hirsch are excellent as always, as well as Morgan freeman as the school attorney.Don't discount Ralph Macchio or Crispin Glover. Both are in top form. A pleasurable movie that could have been much more
jennifer's picks & pa
April 8, 2006
[size=2]I'm beginning the rather lengthy task of entering into the database every film I have seen, at least those I have a decent memory of. Some may have the briefest of reviews while many will just have a number. Those films that I consider personal favorites and/or those that have some historical signficance I will add later when I have time for more lengthy reviews.

[b]Terror Train[/b], directed by Roger Spottiswoode, is a early 80's horror/slasher film set on a moving train. Stars Jaime Lee Curtis, Ben Johnson and David Copperfield.

[b]The Toy[/b], directed by Richard Donner, stars Richard Pryor as a struggling journalist. Jackie Gleason is a rich businessman with a bratty son. Gleason promises his son he can have anything in the store, and he wants Pryor, so Pryor becomes Gleasons' son's toy for a week. It's a woeful comedy.

[b]Tapeheads[/b], directed by Bill Fishman, stars John Cusack and Tim Robbins as a pair of security guards who start a video production company. This comedy was aimed at the MTV generation, and mostly misses the mark.

[b]Tequila Sunrise[/b], directed by Robert Towne, is a highly stylized crime drama involving a romantic triangle. Michelle Pfeiffer is the center of attention for Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell, two friends who are now on opposite sides of the law.

[b]Teachers[/b], directed by Arthur Hiller, is an unsuccessful satire of life in High School, for teachers and students. The film fails despite a fine cast that includes Nick Nolte, JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch, Lee Grant, Ralph Macchio, and Crispin Glover.
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