187 - 1997 Thriller Gangs Samuel L. Jackson

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Category: Dramas, Action, Thriller, Suspense, Teenage, Social Issues, Gangs, Campus Life, Big City

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Jack Kehler, Demetrius Navarro, Clifton Collins, Jr., Tony Plana, Kelly Rowan, Lobo Sebastian, Karina Arroyave, Jonah Rooney

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Producer: Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety

A predatory high school student is found murdered. Was it a gang hit? An act of sudden rage? Or did a once idealistic teacher finally snap? The tension hits home in this unflinching tale of when dangerous minds turn deadly. Stars Chia-Liang Liu, John Heard, Kelly Rowan, Tony Plana, Karina Arroyave

After being felled by a vicious stabbing attack precipitated by failing a student, a determined Brooklyn high school science teacher heads west for a fresh start. But his new assignment--substitute relief in a gang-ridden school for a teacher on "stress leave"--proves even more exhausting, as his new pupils' resistance to his teaching soon provokes a potentially deadly desperation. Penned by first-timer Scott Yagemann, a seven-year veteran of the LA school system. "187" is California police code for murder.

187 Reviews:

"...Filled with insights..." -- Dwayne E. Leslie, Box Office

"...Compelling....Intentionally ambiguous..." -- 3 out of 4 stars -- Mike Clark, USA Today

"...187 is genuinely disturbing in its vision of fearless students and powerless teachers locked in struggle....[Jackson gives a] fine, smoldering performance..." -- Janet Maslin, New York Times

Running Time: 119 Minutes

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