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This is about wastage in the field of education. But the film manages to waste: Nolte, playing a disillusioned teacher with all the fire of a tranquillised tiger; fine character actors like Royal Dano and Allen Garfield; and, finally, a potentially dynamic subject. Hiller's sledgehammer direction turns the problems common in education into an endless parade of clichés, feebly propped up by wacky humour, inarticulacy, ham and corn. Avoid.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Arthur Hiller
Screenwriter: WR McKinney
Cast: Nick Nolte
JoBeth Williams
Judd Hirsch
Ralph Macchio
Allen Garfield
Lee Grant
Richard Mulligan
Royal Dano
William Schallert
Art Metrano
Laura Dern
Zohra Lampert
Morgan Freeman
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