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The Principal (1987)




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As punishment by the school board for an embarrassing incident, an unconventional schoolteacher is assigned to serve as principal of the city's most dangerous high school. His maverick ways prove to be just what the school needed, as he successfully brings the unruly institution under control in this comedy-drama.

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Jim Belushi
as Rick Latimer
Michael Wright
as Victor Duncan
Louis Gossett Jr.
as Jake Phillips
J.J. Cohen
as `White Zac'
Troy Winbush
as `Baby' Emile
Jacob Vargas
as Arturo Diego
Tommy Ryan
as Robert Darcy
Thomas Ryan
as Robert Darcy
Kelly Jo Minter
as Treena Lester
Ruth Beckford
as Mrs. Jenkins
Joan Valderrama
as Secretary
Rick Hamilton
as Mr. Harkley
Martin Pistone
as Security Guard
Joe Flood
as Terhune
Ann Armour
as Mrs. Ripton
Tony Haney
as Police Officer
Sharon Thomas
as Kimberly
Delores Mitchell
as Mrs. Coswell
Zoltan Gray
as P.E. Teacher
John Allen Vick
as Frank Valdis
Yuri Lane
as Lance Woodbury
Steve W. Birger
as Stevie B.
Leo Downey
as George Pierce
Tom Winston
as Principal O'Connor
Kathryn Knotts
as Jan Buchanan
Marshall Jones
as Gang Member
Mark Anger
as Desk Officer
Frank Deese
as Mr. Petersen
Wat Takeshita
as Maintenance Man
Tom Bryant
as Shocked Teacher
Danny Kovacs
as Substitute Teacher
Wood Josh
as Charles Lester
Charmaine Anderson
as Hilary's Student
Danny Williams
as Dangerous Danny
Luis Zuno
as Student
Nemon Wade
as Student
Eural Wills
as Student
David Williams
as Gang Student
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Critic Reviews for The Principal

All Critics (10)

I'd like to see Morgan Freeman take over THIS school.

March 15, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

James Belushi is great in The Principal, whether he is giving a speech, throwing out a one-liner, or just raising an eyebrow.

June 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

An arresting drama starring likable Jim Belushi as an antihero principal trying to clean up a violent, drug-infested high school. Won't be a favorite of ACLU members.

October 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Bypasses heart-warming stuff completely, going instead for macho yelling and simple two-word slogans. Class dismissed.

December 31, 2002 | Rating: 63/100

Violent, but still darkly humorous, Christopher Cain's "The Principal" takes the old 'new teacher comes to rough high school and takes out the garbage' theme and adds Belushi's renowned sense of wit and likeability.

September 17, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Principal

Exciting movie, entertaining and sometimes funny, The Principal, have the potential to be a good film. Problem: not so great direction and script.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A horrible movie about a horrible school and the horrible teachers who do horrible things to the students to try and enforce some rules. I hated this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This is one of the movies where you get to see James Belushi as a tough guy so I suggest you take a look at this teacher who takes no b.s. at his new job at a tough high school.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

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