The Principal

The Principal

Jim Belushi
Director: Christopher Cain Cast: Jim Belushi
Jim Belushi
, Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
, Rae Dawn Chong
Rae Dawn Chong
Christopher Cain


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An impulsive but determined white principal brings order and respect to a predominantly African-American and Latino high school in this comedy-drama from the director of Young Guns and That Was Then, This Is Now. Rick Latimer (James Belushi), a high-school teacher, is in the process of a divorce when he sees his estranged wife at a bar having drinks with her attorney. Drunk and enraged, he smashes the guy's car up and receives a reprimand from the school board -- a new job as principal at rough-and-tumble Brandel High. Security guard Jake Phillips (Louis Gossett Jr.) is soon teaching his new boss the ropes, but Rick isn't willing to accept the violent and drug-ridden status quo. With a two-word motto -- "No More!" -- he sets about cleaning out the riff-raff, also taking time out to tutor students and get to know Jake. But when chief thug Victor (Michael Wright) refuses to back down, the violence escalates. Eventually, Victor's vengeance threatens the lives of steely history teacher Hilary Orozco (Rae Dawn Chong) -- and Rick himself. Kelly Minter, who plays one of Brandel High's troubled students, portrayed a dyslexic in the similarly themed Summer School the same year The Principal was released. Screenwriter Frank Deese would go on to write the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman vehicle License to Drive.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2018
UPC: 0043396544925
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Sony Mod
Region Code: ABC
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 14,694

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Belushi Rick Latimer
Louis Gossett Jake Phillips
Rae Dawn Chong Hilary Orozco
Michael Wright Victor Duncan
J.J. Cohen "White Zac"
Esai Morales Raymi Rojas
Troy Winbush "Baby" Emile
Jacob Vargas Arturo Diego
Thomas Ryan Robert Darcy
Reggie Johnson Jojo
Kelly Minter Treena Lester
Mark Anger Desk Officer
Ann Armour Mrs. Ripton
Sean Allen Barnes Rolf
Ruth Beckford Mrs. Jenkins
Steve W. Birger Stevie B.
Julian Brooks Kevin
Tom Bryant Chocked Teacher
Jeffrey Jay Cohen White Zac
Frank Deese Mr. Petersen
Gus Dimas Gus
Leo Downey George Pierce
Richard Duppell Buddy
Zoltan Gray P.E. Teacher
James Edward Griffin Gang Student
Tony Haney Police Officer
Melissa Lee Holloman Student
J.J. Johnston Will
Marshall "Rock" Jones Gang Memeber
Kathryn Knotts Jan Buchanan
Delores Mitchell Mrs. Coswell
Bridgette Rodriguez Girl
Daniel Royal Will
Wat Takeshita Maintenance Man
Elliott S. Valderrama Drug Dealer
Joel Valentin Kid
Nemon Wade Student
Doug White Eric
Eural Wills Student
Jessica Wilson Girl
Tom Winston Principal O'Connor
Wood Josh Charles Lester
Bill Yarbrough Randall
Luis Zuno Student
Terry Coleman Student
Peter Fitzsimmons Buddy
Joe Flood Terhune
Rick Hamilton Mr. Hanley
Danny Kovacs Substitute Teacher
Yuri Lane Lance Woodbury
Martin Pistone Security Guard
Sharon Thomas Kimberly
Joan Valderrama Secretary
John Allen Vick Frank Valdis
Danny Williams Dangerous Danny
David Williams Gang Student

Technical Credits
Christopher Cain Director
Arthur Albert Cinematographer
Steven E. Anderson Makeup
Charles Balazs Makeup
Jellybean Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Billerman Art Director
Thomas H. Brodek Producer
Rick Brown Set Decoration/Design
Everett Creach Stunts
James T. Davis Production Designer,Production Manager
Marianna Astrom De Fina Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Deese Screenwriter
John Fusco Screenwriter
Andy Goldmark Songwriter
Paul Gordon Songwriter
Jay Gruska Score Composer,Songwriter
Jack Hofstra Editor
Jon Lind Songwriter
Penny Perry Casting
David Pier Special Effects
Bruce Roberts Songwriter
Brent Swift Production Designer
Andy Wiskes Sound/Sound Designer

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