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The Substitute (1993)

A high school substitute English teacher resorts to murder to protect her murderous dark past while seducing a student who begins to suspect her true identity.

Director:

Martin Donovan

Writer:

David S. Goyer (as Cynthia Verlaine)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Donohoe ... Gayle Richards / Laura Ellington
Dalton James ... Josh Wyatt
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Jenny
Eugene Robert Glazer ... Ben Wyatt (as Eugene Glazer)
Patricia Gage ... Principal Beatty
Shelley Owens ... Amy Cooper
Mark Wahlberg ... Ryan Westerberg (as Marky Mark)
Brigitta Brigitta ... Margo
David Frankham ... Riggs
Christian Svensson ... Dave Korczuk
Cusse Mankuma Cusse Mankuma ... Bernard
Molly Parker ... Courtney
Lossen Chambers ... Kim
D. Neil Mark ... Rusty
Martin Martinuzzi Martin Martinuzzi ... Doug Richards
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Storyline

After high school teacher Gayle Richardson finds out her husband is cheating on her, killing him and his mistress in an outburst of rage, she sets the house on fire and flees. One year later we find her back in another town, at another school, under another name. Everything is running smoothly, until people start messing with her new life and her hidden past and she is forced to stop them... at all costs. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t@dds.nl>

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Pray she doesn't call on you. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Faces
29 April 2004 | by filmquestintSee all my reviews

As awkward as this film is, there are moments that can only be described as, sublime. The moments are pinpointed by faces. If you read the film through the faces of its characters you'll have a memorable experience. The pain and anger in Amanda Donohue's face is as entertaining and shattering as anything Bette Davis has ever done. Mark Whalberg ambles down into the film scene with a bang, looking straight into the camera, inviting us to "get busy". The faces of the students, Molly Parker and Martin Cummins among them, tell us, in beautiful close ups, how much their murderous teacher has done for them. Then the teacher tells them how much they mean to her, we see the kids faces from above as her point of view. It is just wonderful. Last but not least is the amazing score by Gerald Gouriet (Madame Souzatska, Seeds of Tragedy) All in all I had the feeling that a genial mind was at work here, but chained to some kind of wall of mediocrity. As rarities go, this is the "rariest". Worth the trip.


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