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Dangerous Minds (Bilingual)

Michelle Pfeiffer , George Dzundza , John N. Smith , Pierre Letarte    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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This "To Ma'am with Love" is much more an escapist popcorn movie than the inner-city document its marketing suggested. Michelle Pfeiffer plays real-life former Marine Louanne Johnson, a high school English teacher who meets resistance from kids and administration alike at a tough urban school in Northern California. Pfeiffer is good, and her character's overall development even survives various post-production story cuts. (A romance with Andy Garcia's character was completely eliminated before release; Garcia is nowhere in sight.) The actors who play Johnson's students are also fine, and the whole film becomes the latest in a long tradition of sentimental movies about teachers who change the lives of kids. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars True story of hope. June 3 2004
Format:VHS Tape
While about the only inner city experience I had was working in Buffalo for a couple of months, I did enjoy this movie. If you didn't catch it in the opening, it is based on a true story, and that in and of itself is an awesome testimony of hope. I think that Louanne Johnson would ask for no sympathy being a former Marine. I remember seeing this movie the year after I graduated and enjoying the song, "Gangsta's Paradise" by rapper, Coolio. It was a major status symbol that made this movie great. That was almost 10 years ago. Today, I find myself having a major problem with that song. Listen to the lyrics closely enough, and it appears that Coolio is plain feeling sorry for himself, bathing himself in self pity. That, in my opinion, contradicts the movie by saying, "I am nothing more than a victim of circumstances." Boo-hoo-hoo!! I don't know how many jobs I've been fired from, only to dust myself off and get another one. You are only a victim if you make yourself a victim.
Michelle Pfeiffer played an awesome role, the encourager. You take a close look at the role of Courtney Vance as the principal, the one who wants you to knock before entering and you can't help but ask a simple question, "Is he a prick, or a piller of society?" He almost falls into a neutral category for me because of who he is, and his definition of tough love is not something everyone agrees with. It isn't everyday I'd give a movie of this nature a 5 star, but it is an exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest high school student movie ever made! Sept. 15 2002
By A Customer
Nowadays, high school movies are just crude and gross humor filled (i.e. The New Guy which wasn't a bad movie at all), but in 1995, a little movie called "Dangerous Minds" came out. This was a very beautiful movie. I loved every second of it. The storyline was very good. Michelle Pfeiffer (Pre- I Am Sam and Up Close and Personal) stars as an ex-Marine who is interested in being a substitute teacher to a SMART kid class. But she is placed as the sub teacher of a bunch of urban-ghetto students. The students at first don't like her, but they grow on her as they do on her. The storyline is similar to "Stand and Deliver" but don't consider this as a sequel or an imitation. This movie is awesome! I will love this movie forever. This movie also has a great hiphop/r&b/rap soundtrack that was a hit in 95. There were some good movies that came out in 95, but this was the very best. I don't know why this movie did not get an Oscar nomination! The only objectionable content in this movie is the language which there is a little bit of but not vulgar or pervasive as some movies are today. The MPAA rated this R for language. Get this movie instantly on DVD. This is a must see for all junior high and high school students. Some elementary school students might be interested in this movie but I'm sure it won't be a must see for them. I highly recommend this movie to all ages unless you don't want your young kids (mostly 9 and below) to hear the profanity, then don't let them, but this is the best drama I have ever viewed. If you are looking for a more suitable movie for your young kids instead of "DM" then get the also a must see "Stand and Deliver" which is rated PG for some mild language!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I never saw this.... Sept. 3 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this yesterday, and can't quite believe I never saw it when it came out... considering I'm a big Michelle Pfeiffer fan and of movies similar to this. Maybe I was tired of THE PRINCIPLE and LEAN ON ME type movies at the time... nevertheless, this is an excellent movie with a very good message. Basically through it all... no matter who you are, no matter what difficulties you face in your life, and no matter what cards are played to you... the fact is that you make your own choices. By making your own choices, you choose the path of your own life... even if you give in and allow someone else to make those choices, that was your choice, too.
There's a lot of rough language, and rough characters... but a much more believable storyline than other movies of this same type. It seems all it takes is one person to care to make a difference, where others may see no light. Michelle Pfeiffer's character is that light... and if you've ever asked yourself "what can one person do," this may be a very rewarding or enlightening movie for you - as it was for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars WORTH WATCHING Jan. 31 2001
By Kodie
Format:VHS Tape
Well first of all Michelle Pfeiffer was good as Lou Anne Johnson. She comes across as very genuine. There there could have been a bit more drama in the film. I found the film a bit unrealistic and the storyline was a bit far fetched. Some of the swearing in the film was unesscarcery.I feel the film could have been a really big hit but it lacked depth and it needed to be more realistic. Apart from these factors I thought it was brilliant, it had comedy, humour sadness, enjoyment. All the nessarcary ingredients for a great film.B ut some how I dont think it came togehter. The other actors in this film such as Courtney B Vance did an excellent job. They portrayed thier characters very well. T his film is suitable for most people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie April 4 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie was real good. But it could have gone without the swearing even thought then it wouldn't seem very gangster like. But this movie shows what the kids go through in that kind of a life. It is so sad what happens to Emilio. He was actually starting to change but then the stupid principal wouldn't talk to him. That part just made my mouth hang open when he said he sent him away for not knocking. But I'm not going to tell you the whole story. I think everyone should see it at least once. You don't have to buy it, just rent it or something. It shows you how really gangster life is not really as cool as some people think it to be. But this movie was good enough for me to buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
A sort of classic, verry good sountrack too. It is a true story also.
Published 1 month ago by Marc Pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie. I have always loved this movie. Great actors and story line. Will never get tired of this movie
Published 12 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars based on a true story
Especially great for teachers, very moving and inspiring on a lot of levels. Even if I wasn't a Pfieffer fan, she is very convincing in this role
Published 16 months ago by movielover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love Dangerous Minds, but I do admit it could have been better...basically it was a great plot, the acting was good but they could have gone places with the movie.. Read more
Published on May 11 2005 by Conastanzia
5.0 out of 5 stars DANGEROUSLY INSPIRING
Definitely a must see movie. "rage rage against the dying of the light" WOW. Every black and latino person must see this movie and understand how the ghetto life is... Read more
Published on July 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Michelle Pfeiffer stars in this wondrful movie about a ex-marine who desperatly wants to teach, so takes on the job of teaching a group of troubled teenagers. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars My School!
I, actually go to Carlmont High School in Northern California right now. Carlmont is the school in which this movie is based on. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by MEHRAN MASSOUMI
2.0 out of 5 stars Grippingly unrealistic
Upon witnessing this crime of a movie, I was thoroughly dissapointed. I remember pacing the aisles of a UBC bookstore, noticing a novel by Louanne Johnson, the woman who is... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by anonymous_reader_of books
2.0 out of 5 stars poor man's "to sir, with love"
This is a poor film. A modernisation of "To Sir, with love" but why did they bother? Michelle Pfeiffer does not save this film. Go see the original.
Published on Dec 17 2003 by William
5.0 out of 5 stars a tragic , sad , gritty masterpiece
i loved this movie because of it's realism. it has so much life to it.
Published on Dec 15 2003 by jj
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