The Principal


1h 50m 1987

Brief Synopsis

High school teacher Rick Latimer is getting divorced. After having a few drinks one night, he sees his estranged wife out with her lawyer and goes ballistic, taking a baseball bat to the man's Porsche. This results in a reprimand from the school board, but Rick is not fired. Instead, he is assigned the job of principal at Brandel High, a school that is filled with drugs and violence. With the help of security guard Jake Philips, Rick sets out to clean up the school, laying down the law and tutoring some of the students. Unwilling to give up his turf, the ring leader of the trouble-makers, a student named Victor, challenges Rick's authority and causes the violence to escalate, eventually putting Rick and flinty history teacher Hilary Orozco in personal danger. But Victor has underestimated Rick's determination...and temper.

Film Details

Also Known As
Principal
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1987
Production Company
D Bassett & Associates Inc; Ml Delphi Premier Productions; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Technicolor; Tristar Pictures
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures; Rca/Columbia Pictures Home Video; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Tristar Pictures
Location
Walnut Creek, California, USA; Oakland, California, USA; Alameda, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

High school teacher Rick Latimer is getting divorced. After having a few drinks one night, he sees his estranged wife out with her lawyer and goes ballistic, taking a baseball bat to the man's Porsche. This results in a reprimand from the school board, but Rick is not fired. Instead, he is assigned the job of principal at Brandel High, a school that is filled with drugs and violence. With the help of security guard Jake Philips, Rick sets out to clean up the school, laying down the law and tutoring some of the students. Unwilling to give up his turf, the ring leader of the trouble-makers, a student named Victor, challenges Rick's authority and causes the violence to escalate, eventually putting Rick and flinty history teacher Hilary Orozco in personal danger. But Victor has underestimated Rick's determination...and temper.

Cast

James Belushi

Rick Latimer

Louis Gossett

Jake Phillips

Rae Dawn Chong

Hilary Orozco

Michael Wright

Victor Duncan

Esai Morales

Raymi Rojas

J. J. Cohen

White Zac

Troy Winbush

"Baby" Emile

Jacob Vargas

Arturo Diego

Thomas Ryan

Robert Darcy

Reggie Johnson

Jojo

Kelly Minter

Treena Lester

Ruth Beckford

Mrs Jenkins

Julian Brooks

Kevin

Joan Valderrama

Secretary

Rick Hamilton

Mr Harkley

Martin Pistone

Security Guard

Richard Duppell

Buddy

Peter Fitzsimmons

Buddy

Joe Flood

Terhune

Ann Armour

Mrs Ripton

Tony Haney

Police Officer

Sharon Thomas

Kimberly

Daniel Royal

Will

Delores Mitchell

Mrs Coswell

Zoltan Gray

Physical Education Teacher

John Allen Vick

Frank Valdis

Sean Allen Barnes

Rolf

Yuri Lane

Lance Woodbury

Steve W Birger

Stevie B

Gus Dimas

Gus

Leo Downey

George Pierce

Tom Winston

Principal O'Connor

Kathryn Knotts

Jan Buchanan

Marshall Jones

Gang Member

Josh Wood

Charles Lester

Mark Anger

Desk Officer

Frank Deese

Mr Petersen

J J Johnson

Will

Doug White

Eric

Wat Takeshita

Maintenance Man

Elliott Valderrama

Joel Valentin

Kid

Jessica Wilson

Girl

Kaprice Wilson

Girl

Bridgette Rodriguez

Girl

Tom Bryant

Shocked Teacher

Danny Kovacs

Substitute Teacher

Charmaine Anderson

Hilary'S Student

Terry Coleman

Student

Melissa Lee Holloman

Student

Luis Zuno

Student

Nemon Wade

Student

Eural Wills

Student

James Edward Griffin

Gang Student

David Williams

Gang Student

Melanie G Muters

Alley Girl

Linda Trowbridge

Nurse

Danny Williams

Dangerous Danny

Bill Yarbrough

Randall

Jack Kostelnik

Leadman

Kelly Jo Minter

Crew

Arthur Albert

Director Of Photography

Sharon Alley

2nd Assistant Camera

Mickey Alzola

Stunts

Steven E Anderson

Makeup

Bobby Angelle

Stunts

Marianna Astrom-defina

Costume Designer

Anthony F Balderrama

1st Assistant Camera

Mark Billerman

Art Direction

Nandi Bowe

Production Assistant

Michael Bransfield

Stunts

Randi Lynn Braun

Titles

Gary M Brickley

Key Grip

Thomas H Brodek

Producer

Rich Brown

Set Decorator

Jane Bucklin

Assistant (To Thomas H Brodek)

Lyle Byrum

Stunts

David E Campbell

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Douglas Cattaneo

Special Effects

Gregory Childers

Bestboy Grip

Denise Cochran

Apprentice Editor

Everett Creach

Stunts

Everett Creach

Stunt Coordinator

Lauri Ann Creach

Stunts

Frances X Crowley

Property Master Assistant

Jeffrey P Cude

Set Dresser

Bryan Curry

Production Assistant

Gregg Dandridge

Stunts

Gordon Daniel

Sound Editor

Greg Davies

Gaffer

G W Davis

Sound Editor

James T Davis

Unit Production Manager

Frank Deese

Screenwriter

Denis Dutton

Sound Editor

Ian Eales

Music Recording Mixer

Kirk A Elam

Stunts

Dulanie Ellis

Script Supervisor

Judy Feil

Costumer

Taylor Gilbert

Stunts

Len Glascow

Stunts

Dan Gleich

Boom Operator

Andy Goldmark

Song ("Livin' In The Line Of Fire")

Jim Gordon

Other

Paul Christian Gordon

Song ("Our Own Eyes")

Allen S Gross

Special Effects

Jay Gruska

Songs ("Livin' In The Line Of Fire" "Straight Into The Fire" "Our Own Eyes" "Morning Light")

Jay Gruska

Music

Terry Gusto

Location Manager

Barbara Gutman

Accountant Assistant

Doris Hellmann

Production Coordinator Assistant

Jack Hofstra

Editor

Philip Holahan

Additional Photography

Scott A Howell

Stunts

Marlys James

Apprentice Editor

Arlene Johnson

Assistant (To Christopher Cain)

Ken S Johnson

Music Editor

Trevor Jolly

Post-Production Supervisor

John Paul Jones

Foley Editor

John Paul Jones

Foley Editor

Rob Jungklas

Song Performer ("Hello Heaven")

Barbara Kassal

Costumer

Frank Kniest

Assistant Editor

Barbara Lakin

Stills

Eileen Lane

Stunts

Shawn Lane

Stunts

William T Lane

Stunts

Jon Lind

Song ("Straight Into The Fire")

Steve Livingston

Music Editor

Horace Manzaneres

Sound Editor Assistant

Gil Marchant

Sound Editor Supervisor

Tyann Means

Stunts

Sue Travis Miller

Costume Supervisor

Eddie Mulder

Stunts

Charles Myers

1st Assistant Director

Candace Neal

Hairstyles

Jennifer Neiman

Production Accountant

Teresa Nielsen

Other

Daniel J Nilles

Set Dresser

Norma Nobile

Stunts

Terri Pappas

Casting (Extras)

Penny Perry

Casting

David Pier

Special Effects Supervisor

Dennis Pope

Dolly Grip

Cate Praggastis

Casting (Extras/California)

Krissy Raden

Stunts

Mike Raden

Stunts

John T Reitz

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Bruce Roberts

Song ("Livin' In The Line Of Fire")

Gregg Rudloff

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Don Ruffin

Stunts

Edward Sandlin

Sound Editor

Edward Sandlin

Sound Editor

Stephen Scheutzow

Production Assistant

Tom Snyder

2nd Assistant Director

Michelle Souza

Set Dresser

J Michael Speakman

Property Master Assistant

Pete Steinfeld

Physical Trainer ("Body By Jake")

Phillip Steuer

Property Master

Richard C Stewart

Sound Editor Assistant

Lauren Beth Strogoff

Unit Publicist

Vicki Swindell

Stunts

Eugene Texeira

Craft Service

Jon Thorgusen

Transportation Captain

Elliott Valderrama

Production Assistant

I J Van Perre Jr.

Construction Coordinator

Jani Vournas

Bestboy Electrician

Thomas Vranesich

Production Assistant

John Waite

Song Performer ("Woman'S Touch")

Shirley A Walker

Stunts

Laurel Walter

Production Coordinator

Dara Weintraub

Production Assistant

Randy White

Transportation Coordinator

Mae Williams

Casting Assistant

Mayor Lionel J Wilson

Assistance (Oakland, California)

Andy Wiskes

Sound Recording Mixer

Tom Wright

Stunts

Tom Wright

Stunts

Film Details

Also Known As
Principal
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1987
Production Company
D Bassett & Associates Inc; Ml Delphi Premier Productions; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Technicolor; Tristar Pictures
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures; Rca/Columbia Pictures Home Video; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Tristar Pictures
Location
Walnut Creek, California, USA; Oakland, California, USA; Alameda, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 18, 1987

Released in United States on Video May 26, 1988

Principal photography began February 2, 1987.

Completed production April 4, 1987.

Released in United States Fall September 18, 1987

Released in United States on Video May 26, 1988