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The Principal (1987)

James Belushi , Louis Gossett Jr. , Christopher Cain  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Belushi, Louis Gossett Jr., Rae Dawn Chong, Michael Wright, J.J. Cohen
  • Directors: Christopher Cain
  • Writers: Frank Deese
  • Producers: Thomas H. Brodek
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000694WJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,756 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Principal" on IMDb

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HE'S TEACHING THE STUDENTS AT BRANDEL HIGH TWO WORDS... NO MORE.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In this wonderful reworking of Hawks' Rio Bravo, Belushi takes on both the role of the sheriff and of the drunk. This is the best of all of the 1980s faculty vs. evil student movies. Belushi towers in this film, giving a wondeful leading man performance which should have forever brought him out from under his brother's shadow. The film, like a lot of Hawks films, has the main characters trapped in a building and having to fight their ways out. Morales, Gosset and Rae Dawn give strong support. Though director's Cain's Young Guns was his most popular film on the decade, this was clearly his best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Belushi at his best October 13, 2010
Format:DVD
This is one of if not the best of James Belushi's movies. I love watching the 'teacher fix a school' kind of movie like The Substitute, Dangerous minds, Lean on Me because I relate to the difficult task a teacher or administrator is charged with in U.S. school systems. The Principal does utilize some of the typical cliche's such as the 'main man bad guy' or 'out of control students' but it's done in such a way it's fun to watch. Both Lou Gossett jr. and Rae Dawn Chong give excellent supporting roll performances. The Principal is about a teacher who goes and has gone through some tough personal battles (ex wife he still loves, turns to drink, etc) and it treats us to an inside look at a man who's just trying to get through and do his job. He's (belushi), offerred the job as Principal at a school (Surprise!) and the rest of the movie follows him through his, the school, the students, and faculty's learning process. In many ways The Principal is the best of the 4 or 5 good 'teacher movies' out there.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars James Belushi should have gotten an oscar for this... February 15, 2004
Format:DVD
So then why do I only give 3 stars? Well, for one the movie was not as long as I hoped it would be and I also didn't care too much for the abrupt ending. Despite all that The Principal is probably the most realistic story of a man who even though has serious difficulty turning a trashy high school into a somewhat safer learning environment, manages to slowly succeed while firmly enforcing his rules. I wouldn't be surprised if this movie was based on a true story. I've seen movies like this such as Lean on Me, Dangerous Minds, High School High, and the Substitute but The Principal is the most realistic (not to mention more entertaining) film of the "Teacher vs. dangerous schools" scenario and I never seem to tire of it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars James Belushi gets a promotion March 22, 2001
By C.H.
Format:VHS Tape
Following an arrest for drunk and disorderly conduct, schoolteacher Belushi is transferred to the worst school in the district and designated the new principal. Except for some halfhearted support from some of the faculty and a few students, he's all on his own. That sets the tone of the story, because most of the student body is out to get him. Louis Gossett Jr. is solid as the school security guard, and so is Rae Dawn Chong as a teacher that Belushi is able to make headway with. The fine performances and some gripping tension lift this above some of the other "violent youthgang" movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No More! November 25, 2007
Format:DVD
He is the princpal at the worst High School in the area. And the students get raped, beatten, everyone is smoking or taking somthing.
All he asks is no more! Great movie........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in movie making July 9, 2007
Format:DVD
The Principle is a riviting, edge of your seat kind of movie. It was well written, and the actors do their part very well. It goes to show that not all kids are bad, some are just in bad situations. If someone cares enough to help, it can go a long way in improving someone's life. This is a must see movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Principal September 21, 2013
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What a great movie for its time. Both actors are favorites of mine. And its a great concept if you could really clean up bad schools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Principal September 18, 2013
By Ribbyn
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James Belushi is so good in this movie. This is one of my favorites. I was so very glad to find this on Amazon. Thank-you for having older movies, I have been ordering many of my favorites.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was GREAT!
I had been waiting to see this movie(in its entirety) for a LONG TIME! And I was not disappointed-in the least!
Published 13 days ago by Glenda McGill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
With two actors James Belushi and James Gossett Jr., I knew this would be a good movie. It was way better then just good. I would say it was excellent. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Diana L. Selkow
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
SERVICE WAS GREAT I REALLY LIKED THIS MOVIE IT WAS SO REAL WILL BUY FROM AGAIN THANK YOU ENJOYED THE STARS AND COLOR AND SOUND WAS GREAT
Published 29 days ago by JOANN TOKARCIK
4.0 out of 5 stars Garbage Never Leaves The Dump
An alcoholic down-on-his-luck school teacher, now a tough inner-city high school principal Rick Latimer(James Belushi) butts heads with gang members at a high-crime, drug-ridden... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Taheen Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
i love this movie it is one of Jim Belushi's awesome movies i watch this movie 3 times a week
Published 2 months ago by uriah templeton
4.0 out of 5 stars What I like about this movie
About a Principal (James Belushi) who is sent to a really bad inner school. The kids are totally out of control, in his own way he eventually gets them to feel good about... Read more
Published 2 months ago by donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Actors
Not just a pretty face in a poor school. This shows what some schools have become in the past. G.Goff
Published 3 months ago by raygoff67
4.0 out of 5 stars A Guy's Movie
This movie reminds me of the 50s movie Blackboard Jungle starring Glen Ford with Sidney Poitier. The Principal may be a bit beyond what goes on in inner city or ghetto schools but... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tim Kuehl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, hightly recommended.
This video is an excellent teaching tool in educational leadership clases. I have assigned it to my graduate students and they have learned and enjoyed a lot.
Published 3 months ago by Miguel A. Gutierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see that you will enjoy
It was a very good movie it had my total attention I did not move from my television it will have you talking to your tv
Published 4 months ago by Betty J. Brown
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