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Story

This "To Ma'am with Love" is much more an escapist popcorn movie than the inner-city document its marketing suggested. Michelle Pfeiffer plays real-life former Marine Louanne Johnson, a high school English teacher who meets resistance from kids and administration alike at a tough urban school in Northern California. Pfeiffer is good, and her character's overall development even survives various post-production story cuts. (A romance with Andy Garcia's character was completely eliminated before release; Garcia is nowhere in sight.) The actors who play Johnson's students are also fine, and the whole film becomes the latest in a long tradition of sentimental movies about teachers who change the lives of kids. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Michelle PfeifferLouanne Johnson
George DzundzaHal Griffith
Courtney B. VanceMr. George Grandey
Robin BartlettMrs. Carla Nichols
Beatrice WindeMary Benton
John NevilleWaiter
Lorraine ToussaintIrene Roberts
Renoly SantiagoRaul Sanchero
Wade DominguezEmilio Ramirez
Bruklin HarrisCallie Roberts
Marcello ThedfordCornelius Bates

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: John N. Smith
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 99 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 11, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 5, 2003
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