Dangerous Minds


1h 39m 1995

Brief Synopsis

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. Frustrated that her students, whose standardized test scores range from average to excellent, have come to accept failure as a way of life, she cajoles and tricks them, even bribes them, into learning. More important, she loves them and helps them to believe in themselves, in their spirit and their potential.

Film Details

Also Known As
Esprits rebelles, Farliga sinnen
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Thomas Giordano
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Synopsis

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. Frustrated that her students, whose standardized test scores range from average to excellent, have come to accept failure as a way of life, she cajoles and tricks them, even bribes them, into learning. More important, she loves them and helps them to believe in themselves, in their spirit and their potential.

Crew

Timothy D. Ackers

Other

Randy Alderson

Best Boy

Rashied Aljuwani

Craft Service

Yvette Ammon

Costumes

Steve Aredas

Camera Assistant

Gracie Atherton

Makeup Artist

Gala Autumn

Costume Supervisor

Petra Bach

Adr Supervisor

Bob Badami

Music Editor

Alexander Balahoutis

Costumes

Gregory Bartlett

Assistant Location Manager

Ron Bass

Screenplay

Donah Bassett

Negative Cutting

Noel Bermudez

Production Accountant

Marc Bissailion

Foreman

Peter Bogart

Unit Production Manager

Sue Bokobza

Production Accountant

Kim Boyle

Production Supervisor

Joseph Brennan

Boom Operator

June Brickman

Makeup

Jerry Brockert

Special Thanks To

Susan Brown

Casting Associate

Jerry Bruckheimer

Producer

Elijah Bryant

Swing Gang

Robert Burgos

Advisor

Donald Graham Burt

Production Designer

Jay Caputo

Stunts

Marietta Carter-narcisse

Makeup Artist

Thomas Causey

Sound

Linda R Chen

Photography

Andrea Chesney

Assistant Camera Operator

Jeff Clark

Sound Editor

Donna Cline

Storyboard Artist

Nancy Cone

Costumes

Richard H Conkling

Apprentice

Carolyn Crittenden

Production Coordinator

Thomas Culberhouse

Other

Alan D'angerio

Hair Stylist

Carlos De La Torre

Production Assistant

Carol Decarr

On-Set Dresser

Frank Del Boccio

Camera Assistant

Thomas B Divalerio

Construction Coordinator

B C Echohawk

Production Assistant

Tracey E Ellis

Assistant

Terry Emerson

Boom Operator

Lawrence J Escobedo

Grip

Ross Taylor Fanger

Production Supervisor

Tracy Farrington

Property Master

Carolyn Ferguson

Hair Stylist

Roderick Fisher

Production

Stephen J Fisher

Assistant Location Manager

Stephanie Flack

Sound Editor

Suki Fontelieu

Sound Editor

Andrew Form

Assistant

Lucas Foster

Executive Producer

George C Fouche

Foreman

Maurice D Freeman

Production Assistant

Wendi Friedman

Assistant

Carlos M Gallardo

Grip

William Galloway

Props Assistant

Bobby J Garren

Other

Thomas Giordano

Cable Operator

Raymond Gonzalez

Other

Robert Loyal Good

Assistant Property Master

Todd Graff

Other

Todd Graff

Screenplay (Uncredited)

Jerry Grandey

Assistant Director

Sheila Gregory

Special Thanks To

Barry Gremillion

Location Manager

Kate Guizburg

Special Thanks To

Robin Gurland

Casting

George Hanson

Other

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Jane Harrison

Accounting Assistant

Gordon Hayes

Other

Michael Herbick

Rerecording

Daryl Herzon

Other

Vicki Hiatt

Associate Editor

Carol A Hight

Hair Stylist

Toni Livingston Hix

Casting

Caren Horwitz

Assistant

Doug Jackson

Sound Editor

Connie Johnson

Production Associate

Jeff L Johnson

Props

Louanne Johnson

Book As Source Material

Margery Kimbrough

Assistant

Scott Kinzey

Boom Operator

Vanessa Kirby

Production Assistant

Jessica Kreps

Assistant Director

Michael Krevitt

Key Grip

Tammy Kusian

Hair Stylist

Julie Laprath

Accounting Assistant

David E Larson

Assistant Director

Stephen A Latina

Transportation Captain

Pierre Letarte

Dp/Cinematographer

Pierre Letarte

Director Of Photography

John Leveque

Adr Editor

Robert J Litt

Rerecording

Daniel E Maltese

Art Director

Bill Manger

Sound Editor

Catherine Mann

Set Decorator

Kim Marks

Dp/Cinematographer

Kim Marks

Director Of Photography

Todd Marrero

Assistant

Lori Martino

Adr Editor

Antoine Mascaro

Other

Patrick Mcardle

Assistant Camera Operator

Alison Mcbryde

Casting Associate

Rhona Meyers

Costumes

James Moriana

Foley

Jennifer Morrison Holyfield

Costumes

Paul Myerberg

Swing Gang

Peggy Names

Other

Kathy Nelson

Music Supervisor

Lori New

Stand-In

Ann Parker

Special Thanks To

Nancy Patton

Art Director

Steve Perea

Production

Victor Perez

Lighting

Caryl Pine

Other

Bernie Pock

Stunts

Bernie Pock

Stunt Coordinator

Romeo Pompa

Costumes

Darrell Pritchett

Special Effects Coordinator

Bob Ptynkowski

Color Timer

Lynn C Rabins

Casting Associate

Sandra Rabins

Executive Producer

Carlos Ramirez

Dga Trainee

Bobbie Read

Costume Designer

Carmen Rizzo

Consultant

Tom Rolf

Editor

David Ronne

Sound Mixer

June Samson

Script Supervisor

Paul G. Sanchez

Assistant Camera Operator

Robert Sherry Scelza

Script Supervisor

Rick Scheil

Accountant

Andrea Schlupp

Assistant

Karen E. Shaw

Production Coordinator

Jonathan Shedd

Location Manager

Janelle Showalter

Assistant Sound Editor

Don Simpson

Producer

Judy Skelton

Assistant

Jeffrey S Smith

Dolly Grip

Lydia Smith

Camera

Jo-anne Smith-ojeil

Makeup Artist

Ronnie Specter

Makeup Artist

Chris Squires

Camera Operator

Greg Stacy

Sound Editor

John Stacy

Sound Editor

Bruce Stambler

Sound Editor

Tom Stern

Lighting Technician

Robert L Stevenson

Hair Stylist

Lisa Laurie Stewart

Location Manager

Linda Stone

Other

Nelson Stroll

Sound Mixer

Rodney Taylor

Assistant Camera Operator

Michele Tedlis

Art Department Coordinator

Tom F Thomas

Transportation Coordinator

Bonnie Timmermann

Casting

Philip Toolin

Set Designer

Tim Tuchrello

Assistant Sound Editor

Elliot Tyson

Rerecording

Robert Ulrich

Adr Supervisor

Joseph Urbanczyk

Camera Operator

Andi Kasen Van Kirk

Assistant Editor

Eric Wall

Assistant Director

Cedra Walton

Music

Carmen Wasil

Other

Charles Wayt

Dolly Grip

Thomas Wazney

Dolly Grip

Bill Weinman

Assistant Sound Editor

C T Welch

Adr Editor

Joan Wellman

Assistant Production Coordinator

Jeffrey Wilhoit

Foley

Barbara Williams

Assistant Production Coordinator

Ed Wouters

Foreman

Gabriel Wrye

Assistant Editor

Gina Zappala

Apprentice

John Zarchen

Assistant

Wendy Zeller

Production Assistant

Gregory A Zemgals

Swing Gang

Film Details

Also Known As
Esprits rebelles, Farliga sinnen
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Drama
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Thomas Giordano
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video February 13, 1996

Began shooting February 28, 1994.

Completed shooting May 10, 1994.

Andy Garcia's character--Michelle Pfeiffer's character's boyfriend--was cut from the film.

Some reshoots took place Mid January 1995.

Released in United States Summer August 11, 1995

Released in United States on Video February 13, 1996

Released in United States Summer August 11, 1995