The Substitute (1996) - Action, Crime, Drama

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After a botched mission in Cuba, professional mercenary Shale and his crew Joey Six, Hollan, Rem, and Wellman head home to Miami, Florida, where Shale is reunited with his fiance Jane ... See full summary »

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Robert Mandel
Stars: Tom Berenger, Raymond Cruz
Length: 114 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 2 out of 55 found boring (3.63%)

One-line Reviews (31)

It's quite entertaining to watch Berenger discipline an unruly class.

The action is as fast and as furious as one of the submachine guns fired in this larger-than-life, but exciting exercise in educational reform.

It wasn't terrible, just mundane and not very interesting.

It was intense, entertaining and fun to watch.

i was bored for a lot of it.

Another stunning performance and it's a real shame he hasn't got the major roles he deserves.

Enjoyable Action flick .

I enjoyed this movie not just because it's formula, but also because of some unexpected moments, too.

It is entertaining, credible and keeps you hooked to see how they wrap it up.

The way lower class kids are living, which is dangerously on the edge, their way of thinking and looking at the world around them.

Tom Berenger's fine performance in "The Substitute" makes the movie worth watching .

Overall, this film is definitely worth watching if you are into action and revenge type themes.

It creates almost instant rapport by sympathetic central characters, even when the plot is a tedious retreaded farrago of numerous other flicks.

Very enjoyable, with a slightly harder edge than you'd expect from a movie of this type.

The soundtrack is very engaging and the production values are convincing.

Additional kudos go to Ernie Hudson who gives a riveting performance as the high school principal on the brink.

Its all very predictable and you know Berenger will never get hurt.

Definitely a bit of an adrenaline rush at times with this one, I think everyone has had fantasies about kicking the crap out of their old school bullies at some point.

This film is not very good; badly directed, sloppy script, tedious stereotypes, and cliched throughout.

Fun, enjoyable, not masterpiece material .

Brainless but Highly Entertaining .

I saw this film on telly a few nights ago (in March 2006) and ended up devoting 4 and a half hours watching both part one and part two of it because it was so engrossing.

Mandel and "Street Trash" scenarist Roy Frumkes, "Substitute 2" scribe Rocco Simonelli, and "Cat People" writer Alan Ormsby have created an entertaining, suspenseful, sometimes amusing, melodrama with a minor surprise or two.

This movie, set in South Florida, incorporates history and realistic action to weave an entertaining story of South Florida crime.

The movie builds well, but wraps up very abruptly, despite being engaging and at least somewhat believable up until that point.

A well done entertaining action movie.

Even though it was kind of a low-class type of story and movie with mostly bad, profane people tossing the f-word around like it was candy, it still was an enjoyable movie in a lot of parts and certainly had a satisfying ending.

Director Robert Mandel of School Ties fame does a phenomenal job tying up all the loose ends presented throughout Roy Frumkes and Rocco Simonelli's brilliant screenplay and treating the viewer to a climax that is both intensely shocking as well as entertaining.

One thing the aforementioned movies don't have, of course, are Tom Berenger's stunning purple shorts.

The only worth while part of this film is the action packed ending even though it takes place in the halls of a school and isn't really given any logical explanation for happening.

The whole thing is pretty hokey and like I said before it is very predictable.