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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.

Also Known As: Die Aufsässigen, Maikat, Учителя Soviet, Escola da Desordem, Учители, Kontra sto systima, Moallemha, Teachers, Κόντρα στο Σύστημα, Profesorji so ponoreli, Die Aufsässigen West, Professores, Profesores de hoy, Escuela del desorden, Nauczyciele, Ras les profs!, Tanárok, Skolens frækkeste lærer

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  • julie-gregory
    julie gregory

    I wish I could find this film cheaply at the 5 dollar or less bargain box DVD, because I would snatch it up as one of the funnest films of the 80’s.I have seen this flick several times on tape and in fact, once showed this to a high school class I was subbing in. I think, judging from their blah reaction, the parody escaped them.This is a parody upon some of the worst stereotyped teachers in education. We know in the US once a teach you keep on until that golden retirement. I never believed an older, tenured and high paid teacher was as good as a new hire, young and enthusiastic.If you can find this flick on DVD for less than 12 dollars buy it. I’d say since it is dated, two to five dollars would be about right.

  • gilberto-lara-del-rio
    gilberto lara del rio

    This movie sucks. Ridiculous “school” athmosphere, unbelievable students that are very bad and behave like criminals but then later after the “good teacher” Nick Nolte taught them they became as good and as quiet as kittens.If this works for you, it doesn’t for me. 0 out of 10

  • paulette-jourdan
    paulette jourdan

    As a former teacher, I see a lot of useful information from this movie. It shows many stereotypes that you see in everyday classrooms and schools: absent minded principals, matronly secretaries that truly run the school, highly idealistic teachers that have burned out, paper-hogs like Ditto and buttinski superintendents that won’t let school progress like it should. For the comment by another poster about Ditto being absurd, not so fast my friend. I did my student teaching with a real life Ditto. That’s all he had his students do and that’s all he would let me do. These teachers do exist. Are they good? No, but they do still exist. I agree with many here that say it could be a good teaching tool for aspiring educators. I also think, today’s educational institutions that prepare teachers would be too afraid to show it to prospective teachers because they are trying to make the “perfect” teacher. I think this would be a good example of showing different stereotypes of teachers that we saw in school and how to keep from falling into one of those holes as educators.

  • jermaine-brown
    jermaine brown

    “Teachers” is a great film that came out in 1984. The film really touched up on the things that is even today, hurting some of our schools here today in the U.S.. The apathy, red tape, the lack of concern for the kids is what is causing the schools to get bad. I love this movie for a lot of reasons, the funny and sad moments in it. The cast of the film is really excellent.The film starts out where it is a typical Monday morning at JFK High School where crazy things happen. The school psychologist loses it when the teacher nicknamed “Ditto” (Royal Dano) is hogging the ditto machine and she squirts him with ink. A stabbing has happened. A former student named Lisa Hammond (JoBeth Williams), who now is a lawyer, is representing a kid named John Calvin, a kid who is suing the school cause of the lack of education he received.Alex Jurel (Nick Nolte), is called in on that Monday morning to teach Social Studies, Alex never comes in on a Monday. Alex Jurel is a teacher who got burned out, fighting a system, which has not changed. He runs into his former student, Lisa Hammond and she sees he has given up. She helps him to reawaken his ideals and Alex helps a kid named Eddie Pilikian (Ralph Macchio), a troubled kid, help him and become friends. Eddie stole a Drivers Ed. car with his friend Danny (Crispin Glover). Danny is a kid at the school who has problems being picked on by other students. Danny gives his teacher, Mr. Rosenberg (Allen Garfield) a hard time, first he bit Rosenberg on the hand and later on steals his car, though Rosenberg does not know about Danny stealing his car.The other teachers at JFK are Stuart Van Ark (Richard Mulligan) a.k.a. Herbert Gower, an out patient at a mental hospital, who takes up the identity of the real Stuart Van Ark, and teaches his history class, and being entertaining. The kids in the class like him. “Ditto” a.k.a. Mr. Stiles, a teacher who sleeps on the job and doesn’t teach at all later on dies in his sleep.Alex’s friend and Vice Principal of JFK, Roger Rubell, is one of the members of the faculty, next to Superintendent Burke, don’t care about the kids and are worried about the publicity of the John Calvin case. They want the teachers who are going to be asked questions at their depositions to lie, but one of the teachers, Mr. Carl Rosenberg refuses to lie and does tell Lisa Hammond why they passed John Calvin. The School board want to fire Jurel for taking a student named Dianne Warren (Laura Dern) to an abortion clinic cause she got pregnant by the Physical Education teacher, Mr. Troy (Art Metrano), but Alex knows the real reason why the want to fire is is that the board are worried about what Alex will say at his deposition, though the case ended up being settled. Alex packs his stuff and Lisa Hammond sees him packing and Alex tells her he is quitting. Lisa convinces him to stay.After Eddie Pilikian sets off the fire alarm, the people are outside and Alex tells him that he is not quitting and will sue them if they try to fire him. Alex tells Burke and Rubell about that the High School is about kids. Alex is staying to teach.”Teachers” has a great cast and supporting cast like Richard Mulligan, Morgan Freeman as Al Lewis, the school board attorney, veteran actor William Schallert as Principal Horn, a clueless principal who does not know much about the school and some other things.I am so happy Teachers in out on DVD now, there is a God!,,lol.

  • suze-van-ginneke-kremer
    suze van ginneke kremer

    There are very few movies that I do not have in my collection. This is one of my favorites. Maybe not for the movie itself, but the memories of the day that I saw it.A bunch of my friends and cut out of school to go see this movie…How fitting! That whole day was great! Do you ever make “good” friends, like the one’s you made when you were a kid? Besides all that, this was a pretty cool movie. I guess it clicks better with you, if you were in high school at that time. I guess that is why when I watch high school movies with my teen-agers, they don’t seem as cool. Steve B.

  • guliko-kvantaliani
    guliko kvantaliani

    WARNING! SMALL PLOT DETAILS REVEALED!I can find virtually nothing positive to say about this film. It is written so badly that every character is a caricature, yet it seems to take itself seriously. It is poorly cast, especially Ralph Macchio (all baby-faced, 5-foot-nothing of him) as a streetwise tough. Plot elements are all drawn in black and white, with every situation almost immediately escalating to some extreme climax.Most egregious of all (PLOT ELEMENT ABOUT TO BE REVEALED) it has perhaps the most gratuitous and contrived nude scene in the history of semi-serious film. One can just imagine the filmmakers saying, “We need JoBeth to shed her top…hmmm…I’ve got it!…early in the film, let’s give Nick some ridiculous dialogue about baring yourself in the hallways…then JoBeth can use that line on him later and REALLY bare herself in the hallway…yeah, that’s the ticket!”I will give the producers credit for tackling a weighty subject in 1984, one that proved all too weighty in the late 90’s with events like Columbine. However, the execution is dreadful. This film could have been a dark comedy in the vein of “Heathers”, a campy political statement like “Network” or a serious examination like “Brubaker”. Instead, it tries to be all of these things — and ends up being none of these things. “Teachers” get an F.

  • hrant-adrowni
    hrant adrowni

    As an ex-teacher(!) I must confess to cringing through many scenes – ‘though I continued to watch to the end. I wonder why?! (Boredom, perhaps?) :-)The initial opening scenes struck me as incredibly mish-mashed and unfocussed. The plot, too, although there were some good ideas – the plight of a relief teacher, for example – were not concentrated enough in any one direction for 3-D development.Not one of Mr Nolte’s finer moments. As to young Mr Macchio, does he speak that way in *every* movie?Plot and acting complaints aside, the hair-styles alone were a nostalgic (if nauseating) trip.

  • tammy-kirby
    tammy kirby

    Jobeth Williams stole the show (with a nude scene, I admit). She outshone everyone, except maybe Royal Dano. If it isn’t the best film about the perils and pitfalls of teaching, it runs a close second. I found the balance between comedy and serious drama delicately handled.The death of Ditto (Royal Dano) — in class, for Gods’ sakes — is a case in point. It was macabre enough to satisfy anyone, and it touched just the right edge of balance between dark humour and seriousness. Unfortunately, as most teachers have done, I have know not a few colleagues whose daily performance was not far removed from his.Just by the way, when I taught in junior high school, I came to know Jobeth, as many of my students in speech/drama competed against her. I knew then (mid-1960s) that she was destined for stardom.Way to go, Jobeth! Huzza!

  • susanna-koskinen
    susanna koskinen

    Like the movie trivia says…this movie was taped at Central High School in Columbus. And it(The school building)has since been remodeled and COSI now uses it.The Central HS building was owned by Columbus Public Schools. They allowed the movie crew(Whoever that may have been)to use the building.Not realizing what the movie was going to be about. Basically putting down the school systems. Saying that the school systems were passing kids that couldn’t even read. Even though it was not based off of that school district.They were not happy when the movie came out depicting the school systems.

  • liilaa-ltaa
    liilaa ltaa

    I thought this movie was excellent. It came out when I was in High School, and it brought all kinds of emotions up. It had some funny parts, sad parts, and parts that made you want to smash your television. It was based on a true story, and really shows how our school system sucks. I will never forget this movie, and Nick Nolte did an excellent job. Not to mention Ralph Macchio was hot! There were a lot of great actors/ actresses in this film. Some top names- and they all did an excellent job! I would recommend this film to all parents out there in big cities to see what their kids are going through. and this film was made in the 80’s, so you know that things are 100 times worse than they were back then.

  • ante-pokas
    ante pokas

    Alex Jurel (Nick Nolte) is wearied of his teaching job despite being the teacher of the year a decade ago. His friend Roger Rubell (Judd Hirsch) tries to hold the chaotic system together. Lawyer Lisa Hammond (JoBeth Williams) is deposing the teachers for graduating a student without teaching him to read. Mental patient Herbert Gower is wrongly given a substitute teaching job. Danny (Crispin Glover) bites a teacher. Alex takes an interest in Eddie Pilikian (Ralph Macchio) who is a troubled student from a broken home. A teacher dies without anyone noticing. Diane (Laura Dern) gets pregnant by the gym teacher and Alex drives her to get an abortion.This is compelling chaos. Some compare it to Paddy Chayefsky’s satires while others compare it unfavorably. One may be second to Usain Bolt but that’s still damn good. Some others argue about its realism. Certainly, this is hyper realism but that’s part of the bargain in a movie. The main drawback I totally agree with is Ralph Macchio. He’s never been a good actor but he lucked into a couple of iconic 80s movies. There are some great memorable chaos in this one.

  • giga-p-anc-ulaia
    giga p anc ulaia

    Just watched this movie again (found the VHS at a Goodwill for 99 cents!). Two performances I noticed that I hadn’t recognized from previous viewings: Anthony Heald as the “Narc”, who later appeared as “Assistant Principal Scott Goober” in Boston Public, and Steven Hill as the attorney “Sloan”, who later appeared as the main attorney “D.A. Adam Schiff” in Law And Order. I thought both of these performances were ironic and somewhat prophetic — the high school narc turned principal, and Hill as a D.A. in both roles.That’s all. Maybe someday this film will be released on DVD, and we won’t have to search it out on VHS from thrift stores.

  • brad-graham
    brad graham

    great comedy and some good drama, One thing to Point out from the First review was the the Machine was a stencil duplicator or mimeograph machine (often abbreviated to mimeo) is a low-cost printing press that works by forcing ink through a stencil onto paper.Along with spirit duplicators and hectographs, mimeographs were for many decades used to print short-run office work, classroom materials, and church bulletins. They also were critical to the development of early fanzines because their low cost and availability enabled publication of amateur writings. These technologies began to be supplanted by photocopying and cheap offset printing in the late 1960s.Mimeographs did Smell something awful. I am trying to remember if we used them in the early 80’sI know we did in the 70’s. Comments on a Movies about teachers and Schools can be Educational.

  • kristjan-markus
    kristjan markus

    The movie “Teachers” pledges to fight for the cause of education, pointing out what’s wrong in a damaged system that awards students who don’t even show up in class, mocks the school system and also guarantee some laughs with it. The message is good, it’s not anything out of this world, but the intersection of genres and some choices get in the way of making this a greater film. Despite this being a 1980’s flick, “Teachers” is not dated and feels more relevant now than ever. Schools like the one depicted here are quite common, with variations on the same tune: precarious places with uninterested teachers and even worse students, and directors trying to please themselves and the government with false statistics to get more funding, that always gets lost somewhere. It’ll open some eyes about the obstacles inside the educational system and the politics behind one of the greatest tragedies of all: present students and future workers have their potential wasted under those circumstances, a present with no knowledge and a future without opportunities. You know the rest of the picture in real life, and it can only turn darker.A high school is facing a lawsuit from one of their former graduated student who passed all exams but who doesn’t even know how to read. This premise, so far, looks dumb cause this kid benefited, in a way, of the institution policies and then got mad he got shunned off by possible employers, then sue them? No judge in their right mind would accept that. Anyway…The prosecutor (JoBeth Williams) goes to the school to find out what really happened and if the teachers knew about this wrongful approval. One of the masters is a former teacher of hers (Nick Nolte), an idealistic man she saw as an example to be followed but at the current moment is deeply involved in the place’s mode of conducting business: they need to get more budget and they can only guarantee that with results – which they don’t have because they are a low quality school (but the government doesn’t know that!). It’s a game of pretending but he teaches, he cares about his students, and that’s why the woman is convinced he can help her to make her case against the school, after knowing that no one’s gonna help her there.In between the battle of ideologies Nick’s character has with the prosecutor (the institution’s reality vs. the dreamy cause of education) and the obstacles he faces with the board of directors, he tries to save some conflicted students – a rebel boy (Ralph Macchio) neglected by his divorced parents, who is forced to take reading classes in order to pass since he was already pushed grades after grades by thousands of other teachers – and a girl (Laura Dern) who was knocked-up by a PE teacher, and I guess you can see that this will be the turning point of the story. Luckily, the movie escapes from the worn out clichéd of dangerous school filled with robbers, punks and thugs who threat colleagues and masters.What attracted me the most was the level of reality brought into the story. Absurdity is a norm in that kind of movie, and “Teachers” has plenty of that, but it stays close to the truth in some aspects, with the teachers routine in class and in the meetings with their peers during breaks. Directors putting pressure on teachers to get results favorable to them? Sure, and they do that with students too. I personally seen during my high school years a director assembling the last seniors, explaining to all of us how important the state’s exam was, rudely demanding to do our best. You know what everybody did? Boycotted the exam. By that, I mean, the majority flunked those tests on purpose. Why going right if no one’s gonna stay there one more year? It’s all about providing big budgets to the school.The movie’s a delight, humored, serious when needed but it’s overloaded with baggage. It deals with problematic schools (avoiding some clichés though), some romance, the lawsuit, troubled kids (but never dangerous as portrayed in many existing realities and films out there), disenchanted masters vs. idealist types, and more. It’s like Mr. Hiller wanted all and wouldn’t want to settle for less, but in the end he accomplishes half way with everything he wanted because it’s just too much to cover. By the time a murder takes place, it all falls out of place and the upcoming moment is an hilarious scene where the true nature of Richard Mulligan’s character is revealed, cutting off any possible moment of sadness for the dead student. I think the writer and the director should settle with something: or invest in a real drama like “Lean on Me”; or be somewhat satirical; or an anarchic comedy like any other of its kind. The final message provided here isn’t all that easy to accomplish, and I’m not sure if it is even possible. Teachers challenging the system is a good cause but it can only work if students, parents and the community get involved, and the administration (governments included) be willing to fight for the best cause for all. Education is the fundamental right that paves the way to all the other rights. 8/10

  • larisa-kalenichenko
    larisa kalenichenko

    I sat down to watch this movie with my father in-law who is a retired school teacher. He’d rented it after hearing about how good it was for many years. Watching it with him I caught him laughing and remembering the good times, nodding and remembering the hard times. This movie really touched home for him.I did think it was a tad predictable in spots, but few movies aren’t. The acting was wonderful with a huge cast of fairly large names – especially for the time it was made.Laura Dern gave an honest performance of the pretty school slut who gets in trouble. Machio gives a great performance, not at all plastic as he was in the Karate Kid movies. JoBeth was endearing and a bit naked. Judd gave, as usual, a stellar performance. Morgan Freeman was virtually unrecognisable as the man/actor he is today. He’s come a long way, but it’s nice to see him skinny and unsure of himself. Crispin Glover was amazing. I was thoroughly impressed with his role of a troubled teenage boy. My heart went out to him and I’m now going to hunt down other movies he’s been in – He blew my mind with his portrayal! As for Nolte… I have to admit to never liking him or the movies he’s done. I cringed when I saw he was the lead, but was delightfully surprised with this performance. None of his ego bled through. All I saw was a burnt out teacher make a turn around and decide to try again to make lives better for the kids who get shoved aside.Overall a great movie that should have gotten more of a push when it came out. Teachers should see this to reignite their passions, as should lawyers. Students should see it to realize teachers are not all out to get them, or just there to earn a paycheck.

  • inaya-scuylenborchs
    inaya scuylenborchs

    This off-the-wall film, unrealistic at times, is absolutely terrific. Why? It brings forth the blame of the urban school system on where it belongs- the administration, uncaring parents, and even the teachers to some degree.Judd Hirsch is perfect as the lousy English teacher who got out of the classroom and is now some stinker as an assistant principal.The always terrific Lee Grant shines as the District Superintendent, desperately trying to save her rear end and those of her administrators at the expense of the students who attend this school of utter failure. Of course, we must remember that it is the student population that will make or break a school.Nick Nolte, as the frustrated burned out teacher, is perfect for the part. He reaches the point where he is no longer able to work under a miserable system.While the section dealing with the teacher who died while reading a newspaper may be over the top, the sequence just shows you how bad our schools can be.Jo Beth Williams is stunning as a former graduate, an attorney, who is fighting the school for its inability to educate.James Dean could move over thanks to a towering performance by Ralph Macchio, as a student going nowhere but to disaster. Macchio conveys the frustrated, out of control kid, who is almost doomed by uncaring parents and an administration in school. This film is great on detail. Madeleine Sherwood plays the role of the school secretary just as I’ve observed many a secretary. School secretaries think that they run the schools and they’re not entirely wrong. Principals have given them such authority. William Schallert, who portrays the principal in this film, conveys the idea of the figure head. He is there in name only. Afraid of scandal and to step on toes, he is the typical principal leading an urban school-while counting the days to retirement. This film is definitely thought provoking as it attempts to establish what is going on in our urban school system. It a rousing success.

  • georgina-bell
    georgina bell

    “Teachers” really doesn’t do justice to show us the real world of teaching in a school. But I found it to be a funny and touching movie anyway. An excellent cast came together to create this satire about the lives surrounding teachers, students, and faculty members of an Ohio high school. The main plot of “Teachers” is about a former student (who’s never seen) who plans to sue his alma mater, and the pressures the faculty is forced to take. Nick Nolte is very good here as a popular social studies instructor who doesn’t play by the rules; Judd Hirsch is also good as the Vice Principal who’s a longtime friend of Nolte’s. Other cast members include Jobeth Williams as a lawyer (and former student of Nolte’s) who’s firm is defending the person suing the school; Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid”) as a troubled student who develops a friendship with Nolte; Oscar winner Lee Grant as the school’s superintendent; and the late Emmy winner Richard Mulligan (TV’s “Soap” and “Empty Nest”) as a mental patient who passes himself off as a subsitute teacher for a history class and acts out all of the historical events by dressing up in costume. Even Morgan Freeman, Laura Dern, and Crispin Glover are featured in small roles before going on to bigger projects (Freeman in “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Shawshank Redemption”; Dern in “Jurassic Park” and “Rambling Rose”; and Glover in “Back to the Future”). All these actors are well cast. “Teachers” isn’t a great film, but a good one. I was entertained by most of it, although there are a few preposterous moments. For one thing, I don’t buy for one second that a teacher can win three consecutive teaching awards for the most orderly taught class, and then spends every class session everyday reading the newspaper and falling asleep while his students do their school work in class. That’s not teaching. This character should not have been included in the script, or at least make him teach. This is absolute nonsense. But I loved the early scene when this instuctor (using some kind of paper machine in the school offices) gets blue ink squirted in the face by the school psychologist who wants to use that same machine (this comes because of his refusal to let her use the machine and as a result the woman flips out). Also, the scene where a woman walks naked down a school hallway is ridiculous. “Teachers” is nonsensical at times, but nevertheless I found it entertaining as I watched it.*** (out of four)

  • jeremy-davenport
    jeremy davenport

    Except for the shock of JoBeth Williams idiot-level strip tease, plus a few other sharp digs about school teachers you and I have hated or loved, I can’t think of a single reason to pay any attention to this Arthur Hiller glob of pretentiousness. Whatever Hiller did to elicit what Judith Crist said was “arguably George C. Scott’s finest screen performance” in The Hospital, he didn’t do it here for Nick Nolte or Williams or anyone else involved. What we’re left with is a stale attempt to expose the darker workings of an American high school, but unlike The Hospital and its wonderfully scorched-earth approach to the runnings of a major healing center, Teachers just makes you want to vote for vouchers–and get your money back from the place you rented this dreck.

  • bogdanna-kovalenko
    bogdanna kovalenko

    I saw this movie again recently and even though it was exaggerated a little, I thought it was pretty good. I went to both public and private schools in the 70s-80s and saw many of the same sort of teachers and administration in both types of school. I had teachers who didn’t care, who just couldn’t teach, and those who actually did try to engage the students and do a good job, and all of those types, although exaggerated a little, are portrayed here. I’ve also seen clueless principals who just hid out in their offices all day and were in their car driving away 5 minutes before the final bell rang. Around the time the movie was released, I read a news story about a girl who was valedictorian of her school, in the National Honors Society, but flunked out of college due to being unable to read because of dyslexia and she ended up suing her school. This wasn’t clearly the case in the film, but should a student who can’t perform to a minimum academic standard or doesn’t even show up for class and turn in work still pass and get a diploma? The fact the school was more concerned with with its image than with addressing the issue is something I also saw in school growing up and even now. In my area recently, a local doctor sued his son’s former school over unrefunded tuition money. He claimed his son was bullied there for a couple of years and complaints and meetings with school officials didn’t help, so he enrolled his son elsewhere. When he unenrolled his son, the school would only refund the unused portion of tuition if the father signed a confidentiality agreement stating he wouldn’t discuss what went on there. Sound familiar?Although a bit over the top, Teachers is an example of what went on, and probably still goes on, in schools and is worth seeing.

  • walter-wilkerson
    walter wilkerson

    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.

  • nayade-d-angelo
    nayade d angelo

    While the story takes some liberties with realism this is actually a very good film. As a 25 year teacher I can honestly say that what may have appeared outrageous in 1984 is pretty close to reality today.Frustrated teachers, out of the loop administrators, a total lack of discipline, students bringing a smörgåsbord of baggage to class and a stubborn school board that puts the money above the needs of the students.Yes, an occasional affair does happen between teacher and pupil and the possibility that a school staff member would aid a young student in obtaining an abortion is not that far fetched. Teaching is like any profession in that there is excellence, mediocrity and total ineptitude. In some cases the issue of low pay is something of a myth although no one in education is getting rich. If so many believe that teachers have it easy why aren’t college graduates breaking down the doors to get in?What I like about “Teachers” is that it portrays professionals that truly place the needs of the students first even if their methods are unconventional. Give me one teacher like Nick Nolte’s character instead of 10 Dittos. Forget the mantra “looks good, is good” and admit mistakes. The community responds best to the truth.Students in any school situation respond to the sincerity of their teachers. Put the young people first and don’t be afraid to walk around in their shoes once in a while.I enjoy “Teachers” and I am happy with the used VHS copy I found on eBay. A DVD would be nice from MGM considering the crap from the same era that has been released.

  • rainer-makinen
    rainer makinen

    I’m finishing up my 7th year as a an 8th grade teacher at a typical rural public junior high/high school, and I watch this movie at the end of each school year. It does a few things for me: 1. Helps me realize just how f’d up the people I work with/for really are. 2. Gives me something to laugh about to take the edge off of a long school year. 3. Motivates me to keep teaching year after year even when I’ve just finished teaching some rough classes.As for the movie itself, it’s up and down. Nolte is his typical mid-80’s drunken self. Laura Dern was outstanding as the slutty student, and the rest of the cast fills in the gaps. What I like about the movie is that the teachers, even as stereotypical as they are portrayed, are so real. I can name a fellow faculty member for each role, as most teachers probably could.

  • gregoire-bertrand-huet
    gregoire bertrand huet

    The movie itself shows nothing really new, but the acting is pretty good and everyone is well cast. Especially Ralph Macchio, who gives a great performance as a troubled youth, and doesn’t give one of those annoying ones like he did in THE KARATE KID III. Nick Nolte is also enjoyable as the teacher who doesn’t want to follow the school’s standard procedure. Too bad the movie didn’t get the notice it deserved.

  • brian-madden
    brian madden

    When I first saw this movie shortly after it came out I thought it was a little over-the-top, despite the many memorable comic moments. Having had a chance to see it again many years later on cable I find it has more depth than I had seen in it originally. It is definitely a critique of public education, but it does not set up any easy enemies. Everyone here is complicit in a failing system – the unions, the school board, the lawyers, parents, complacent teachers, go-along- to-get-along administrators, &c &c. It is also touching to see how many of these people are not bad people, but are just trying to make a flawed system work (in this respect I find Judd Hirsch, as the put-upon assistant principal, the hidden gem of the movie). Having seen it again after all these years I find it provocative and, surprisingly, touching, especially Nolte’s final peroration. And the best part,after all these years, is still Richard Mulligan, as the certifiable lunatic who turns out to be the best teacher in the whole damn school (a brilliant touch on the part of the writers) !!!!!

  • ola-markus-brekke
    ola markus brekke

    I love this film. My father, a teacher for 37 years, loved this film. It’s not the greatest cinematic effort in the world, it’s not even the best film about teaching (see “The Blackboard Jungle” or “Goodbye Mr Chips”). It is, however, a fine effort and an entertaining film.There are some great comedic moments in this film: the school psychologist flipping out and squirting Ditto in the face with ink, Richard Mulligan as a mental patient who becomes a substitute history teacher, the theft of a teacher’s desk, the whole “Ditto” character. There are problems, however.The chief problem in this film is the inability to strike a balance between comedy and drama. The film tries to raise vital issue facing schools: funding, apathy amongst staff, lack of parental involvement, safety, administrators who worry more about image than the education of their students, teen angst, conformity vs. individuality. Much of the comedy is used to highlight many of these issues, and some of it works quite well. At other times, it devalues the issue at hand.There are fine performances from Nick Nolte, Judd Hirsch, Morgan Freeman, Jobeth Williams, Crispin Glover, and Laura Dern. Richard Mulligan and Royal Dano are hysterical. Ralph Macchio is Ralph Macchio; not much depth, but some good moments.I don’t think this is an insult to teaching, as it tries to show different styles. Nolte is the idealistic teacher who tries to reach his students and get them involved, but has lost his passion in an uncaring system. Royal Dano, “Ditto”, is a teacher who has removed any responsibility in actively teaching his students and just marks time until retirement. Allen Garfield tries to teach his class, but doesn’t seem to be able to reach them and is reduced to an object of ridicule amongst his students. Richard Mulligan is a mental patient, who through an absurd set of circumstances, becomes a substitute history teacher. He literally brings history to life, by dressing up as various figures of history, and acting out their achievements. He uses different methods to engage his students and they respond.In the end, this film is a mixed bag. It tries to illuminate the struggles of education, offers some solutions, and entertains; but, its message gets a bit lost. Still, it’s definitely worth viewing.Incidently, one reviewer remarked about the scene where Ditto is squirted with ink, saying he is using some kind of paper machine. For you younger viewers out there, that is a ditto machine. In the ancient days before photocopiers became standard, teachers had to prepare their tests and hand-outs on ditto machines. It was a kind of simple printing press. Many were hand-cranked and required a lot of effort to churn out a stack of tests. God help you if you had several pages to print. The ink had a very distinct smell and was often the center of student jokes about getting high off of the tests. Ah, those were the days! Nowadays, the best students can hope for is getting a little toner on their hands from the copier, or a faded screen on their computer. And we used to have to walk ten miles to school, through fifty feet of snow, uphill, both ways; and we liked it!