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Dangerous Minds (1995)

Michelle Pfeiffer , George Dzundza , John N. Smith , Pierre Letarte  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett, Beatrice Winde
  • Directors: John N. Smith, Pierre Letarte
  • Writers: LouAnne Johnson, Ronald Bass
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 1999
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428271
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dangerous Minds" on IMDb

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"Gangsta's Paradise" Performed By Coolio

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Top Hollywood star Michelle Pfeiffer (I AM SAM, WHAT LIES BENEATH) is the driving force behind this gripping and uplifting smash hit! Based on an incredible true-life story -- Pfeiffer is former U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson, a first-time high school teacher assigned to a class of tough but smart inner city students. When conventional methods fail to reach them, the feisty Ms. Johnson tries the unconventional -- defying the rules and creating her own curriculum! In the process, she instills a new self-confidence in her students -- motivating them toward their greatest potential. Critically acclaimed and powered by a riveting star performance, DANGEROUS MINDS is hard-hitting, crowd-pleasing entertainment you won't soon forget!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Minds January 5, 2010
Former Marine LouAnne Johnson leaves an officer's commission and a nine-year military career to pursue her dream of becoming an English teacher. But while earning her credentials at a Northern California high school, she is assigned to a group of students who change her life forever. And she changes theirs. Although each of her charges exhibits a seemingly inpenetrable facade, these kids are desperate to connect with someone who cares about them. As their new instructor, the feisty Ms. Johnson defies all the rules, creates her own curriculum and instructs this class of tough, inner-city teenagers from college-level texts. This is ultimately a feel good movie with much humanity; one of those movies that you really ought to see.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent real life movie you can't miss April 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
After I watched Dangerous Minds for the first time I couldn't stop watching it. It was such a good movie. It was sad but that was part of what made it so good. Sometimes in order to enjoy a movie there has to be sad parts or it doesn't seem realistic.
My favortie character in the movie was Callie Roberts. She was such a smart, strong person. I felt sorry for her having to be in a class like that.
If you haven't seen Dangerous Minds, you have to rent it. You won't regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with an awesome message October 26, 2007
It's not often that I write reviews like this, but thought I would in this case.

I remember, eerily enough, when this movie came out in 1995. Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" came out in August of that year and was an instant hit, topping the Billboards for two, three months straight. I was only 13 then.

The movie itself was really good. The acting was great and the depiction of inner-city life was stellar. I thought it was a shame that it was only given two stars by the Movie Rating Association, but what do they know?

Everyone gets to make choices in life regardless of their situation. One must have the drive and ambition to make the right ones. One line that Ms. Johnson has in the film is the response to one student's statement "If we get on the bus, we have to put up with you!" She responds, "Yes, but that is still a choice. You can either [stay where you're at] or get on that bus. That may be a choice you don't like but that's still a choice. There are no losers in this classroom."

I also like her line of "As of right now, everyone in here has an 'A'. It's up to you to keep it."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An upfront and personal review of "Dangerous Minds" July 16, 1999
By A Customer
The movie was filmed at my school where I was the lead science teacher. The classroom they used was mine which made the theme all that more realistic. For most children in problem areas is is a miracle just to get to school alive or undaunted and "Dangerous Minds" extracts this exact fear. I thouroughly enjoyed watching the movie being filmed but more so when it was brought to the screen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad/ Not Perfect Either! August 5, 2001
Michelle Pfeiffer plays LouAnne Johnson an ex-Marine teaching a inner-city school. I thought the movie had a good message but, I saw a lot of "Lean on Me" elements, and that's what didn't make it very original in my opinion. I thought that Michelle did a wonderful job, and it's a very inspirational movie. I guess that I just expected more than that. I can say that it is based on actual events that happened so, that's a plus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, emotional film; Michelle Pfeiffer rocks December 26, 2005
The storyline of Dangerous Minds is undoubtedly conventional. Former US Marine (Michelle Pffeifer) joins the teaching profession with oodles of idealism, hoping to mould young minds. The rest of the film proceeds to show the challenges she has to surmount to win over a group of underprivileged, mostly black kids, and to convince them that they have options in life. The plot has the potential to be very tired. That's why this DVD sat on my shelf for years, and I never had any incentive to pick it up. When I finally did, the film surprised me with its powerful, emotional acting and characterization. It also imparted some good values without coming across as preachy. In terms of depth, it was also much better than Mona Lisa Smile, or Music of The Heart (both of the same genre). All in all, highly entertaining, feel-good film which unlike most Hollywood movies, also imparts a dose of good values.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Moral - Our choices in life April 11, 2000
By Cheryl
Format:VHS Tape
Dangerous Minds was a very good movie although the story line was a little predictable. It showed real kids with real problems. It also shows that all it takes is for someone to actually care about kids like that and they can change. There was a lot of foul language and although that's how kids talk, they could have done without it. I like how the writers had Michelle P's character constantly talk about choices. She showed how everything we do and say is our choice. We may not have choices that we like (which she stated) but everything in life is a choice. Good movie for all (especially students).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps your attention
I loved this movie the first time I watched it and I have never gotten tired of it. We need more people like the teacher in this movie.
Published 5 days ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring
As soon as I bought this DVD, I knew it was going to be very good. When I watched the movie, words couldn't express how brilliant it was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Becky
3.0 out of 5 stars How many of these must we endure?
There are so many films about teachers reaching tough students through inspired methods that they all start to run together and become this blur of mediocrity, and ‘Dangerous... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I give this movie a 5 star rating because it represented real urban life. I went through some of the samethings these kids went through when I was in junior high and high school. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jordan Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars OK
I had to buy this for a class of mine in college a few years ago. I enjoyed the film.
Published 3 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fav's
Based on a true story it shows what an open mind and determination can do. It also hi lights what happen with complacency.
Published 4 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy
very good movie even though it was very old back in the day still like to watch it.
very real like if you ever lived in the inner city you can relate
Published 4 months ago by bkatzz
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
This is a fantastic movie story line but the language is really bad. Michelle Pfeiffer does a amazing job in this movie
Published 5 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I had this movie on VHS from a friend and am glad to have it on DVD for my own library. Excellent movie
Published 5 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
I love how my movie came new and it was cheap Gerry good purchase just love love love thank you
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