Dangerous Minds Poster

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

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • 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

  • 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

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