• Dangerous Minds (1995)

Dangerous Minds

Release Date: 1995

DVD Release Date: July 13th, 1999

R |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Former Marine Louanne Johnson (Michelle Pfeiffer) lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner-city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns to the classroom, she does so armed with a no-nonsense attitude informed by her military training and a fearless determination to better the lives of her students -- no matter what the cost.

Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett, Bruklin Harris, Renoly Santiago, Wade Dominguez, Beatrice Winde

Director: John N. Smith

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Hollywood Pictures

Keywords: Quest, Transformation, 1990s, Passionate, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Dangerous Minds doesn't drop the sentimental conventions of the good-teacher Hollywood drama but reconstitutes them with strong performances, sensitive direction by Canadian film maker John N. Smith ("The Boys of St. Vincent") and a firm belief that teachers can and will make a difference in a person's life. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

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

  • 50
    Barbara ShulgasserSan Francisco Examiner

    It's all quite inspiring, but despite the fact that this is based on someone's actual experiences, the whole thing has an unfortunate Hollywood ring to it. show more

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