The Principal (1987)

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A teacher is assigned to be the principal of a violent and crime-ridden high school.


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  • Louis Gossett Jr. in The Principal (1987)
  • Rae Dawn Chong in The Principal (1987)
  • Jim Belushi in The Principal (1987)
  • Jim Belushi in The Principal (1987)
  • Jim Belushi in The Principal (1987)

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23 April 2002 | rogerc172
Closest thing to a modern John Wayne.
One of the things I like to ponder is what modern stars would fill the shoes of actors of the past or parts they played. For instance, if they did a remake of Bonanza, John Goodman would fill Dan Blockers shoes pretty well as Hoss, & I think Michael J Fox may be a passable Little Joe. Also of course, Cheryl Ladd did well as Grace Kelly. Some stars have been so one of a kind though that one would be hard pressed to imagine who would be up to the task. John Wayne is one such figure. While James Belushi may not quite have the physical stature of the Duke, his performance in The Principal comes the closest in my impression to reminding me of the "cut the crap" individualism of the screen legend. Public schools could probably learn a lot from this feature.

Of the many comedians of early Saturday Night Live who have gone on to movies, Belushi appears to be the one who has most successfully transcended the comedian stereotype. While Bill Murrey may do well as a comic role being serious, the few pictures I've seen James Belushi in suggest that he's more like a serious actor who's also funny.

Good feature for those of us who are tired of irresponsible youth getting a free pass.

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