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Tom Berenger

The Substitute

19 Apr, 1996

In this action drama, Berenger plays mercenary Johnathan Shale.  Shale comes to town to visit his girlfriend, high school teacher Jane Hetzgo, and finds himself in the middle of a drug war. After Hetzgo has her leg broken by a thug, Shale takes on a false identity and takes over her unruly inner city high school class as the substitute. As their teacher Shale is able to find the information he needs to uncover the drug ring and use his merc skills. Co-starring Diane Venora, Richard Brooks, and William Forsythe.

We need that in our schools, our universities. Look, there’s people shooting up universities now, isn’t there? Boy, we need to do something. The country’s falling apart at the seams.

The Substitute – Theatrical Trailer