6.1/10
3,647
39 user 18 critic

Teachers (1984)

A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

W.R. McKinney
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A teenager must cope with a disease that causes himself to age at an astronomical rate.

Director: Corey Blechman
Stars: Ralph Macchio, Betty Buckley, Hal Holbrook
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An English teacher and struggling single mother has her life disrupted when the father who abandoned her as a child comes back into her life.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Jason Robards, Marsha Mason, Donald Sutherland
Cannery Row (1982)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Monterey, California in the 1940's. Cannery Row - the section of town where the now closed fish canneries are located - is inhabited primarily by the down and out, although many would not ... See full summary »

Director: David S. Ward
Stars: Nick Nolte, Debra Winger, Audra Lindley
Street Smart (1987)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Kathy Baker, Mimi Rogers
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Alternating between the past and the present, a precocious little girl sues her selfish, career-driven parents for emancipation, surprising them both.

Director: Charles Shyer
Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long, Drew Barrymore
Foxes (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Mac Davis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A troubled Vietnam war vet deserts his wife and child shortly after he returns from the war. He returns after 10 years, where he's been living like an animal in the forest. He finds himself... See full summary »

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Stars: John Lithgow, Ralph Macchio, Kerrie Keane
Tank (1984)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Sergeant Major Zack arrives at a new army base with his wife, son and Sherman tank. One night at a bar he "stops" a pimp/deputy from beating a girl. The corrupt sheriff uses Zack's son for revenge and Zack uses his tank.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Stars: James Garner, Shirley Jones, C. Thomas Howell
Stealing Home (1988)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mark Harmon is a washed-up baseball player who is called back home to handle the ashes of his childhood sweetheart/ first love who had committed suicide. As he searches for what to do with ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Kampmann, William Porter
Stars: Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster, Blair Brown
Biloxi Blues (1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Alex Jurel
JoBeth Williams ... Lisa Hammond
Judd Hirsch ... Roger Rubell
Ralph Macchio ... Eddie Pilikian
Allen Garfield ... Carl Rosenberg
Lee Grant ... Dr. Donna Burke
Richard Mulligan ... Herbert Gower
Royal Dano ... Ditto Stiles
William Schallert ... Horn
Art Metrano ... Troy
Laura Dern ... Diane
Crispin Glover ... Danny
Morgan Freeman ... Lewis
Madeleine Sherwood ... Grace
Steven Hill ... Sloan
Edit

Storyline

A teacher overcomes his frustration in a high-school full of flunkies. As he attempts to educate his students, his attempts to help them gets him into trouble with the school board, which only adds to his problems. With the support of his students he beats the school board and his frustration. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Monday morning at JFK High. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Aufsässigen See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,013,366, 8 October 1984

Gross USA:

$27,774,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,774,237
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first film, in which Ralph Macchio appeared, after his box-office hit The Karate Kid (1984). See more »

Goofs

When questioning one of the students on how her name is pronounced, Rosenbloom refers to the fact that just yesterday, she said it was something different. It had already been established that this scene was taking place on a Monday, which would have made Sunday the previous day. Highly doubtful that school was in session on a Sunday. See more »

Quotes

Alex Jurel: [determined] I'm not going to resign, Roger.
Dr. Donna Burke: [angry] You're finished! You're out!
Alex Jurel: Ah hell, Burke! I'm going to tell you something. I haven't even started! If you try and fire me, I'm going to be suing you.
Roger Rubell: What's that going to solve, Alex?
Alex Jurel: I don't know, Roger - let's try and find out. The damn school wasn't built for us, Roger. I wasn't built for your unions, your lawyers and all your other institutions. It was built for the kids! They're not here for us, we're here for them. That's what it's ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

References Little Big Man (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Understanding
Performed by Bob Seger
Produced by Bob Seger and Punch
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fun, silly and semi-relevant movie...
21 March 2007 | by hitch75See all my reviews

I just wanted to comment on the previous/first commenter's comments. You mentioned that you didn't think there was any point to having the teacher who doesn't teach & sleeps all day in class. You couldn't possibly be more mistaken! Of course there was a point -- his LACK of teaching/presence makes one think about who is teaching our kids. I am a teacher, in fact, and I can tell you that there are many teachers out there who are ONE step away from retirement & choose to "not" teach every day in their classrooms. What's interesting is seeing what the students do in the absence of a really good, effective teacher.

This move was "over the top" and felt pretty cheesy at times, but overall, it has a good, interesting, and important message about what real teaching is about. The needs of our youth have changed in the past 20, 30, 40+ years. This movie is TWENTY-THREE years old and yet it was onto something -- kids need teachers who are REAL people. They need teachers who maintain high standards of both work habits AND personal behavior BUT who also model what being a REAL human being/adult looks like.

Nolte's character definitely got himself into hot water -- and nowadays, it could have been much hotter actually -- and overstepped many, many boundaries in his attempt to help his struggling students. But, overall, what he did to inspire and connect with them definitely outweighed the mistakes.

Anyway, give it a shot and watch this. I grew up in the '80s but for some reason, never caught this one. If you want to revisit the era of cheese -- typical 80s soundtrack, 80s style, actors (Ralph Macchio, Crispin Glover, Laura Dern) and actually get a little insight into what it means to be a public high school teacher, check it out.


10 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 39 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed