One Eight Seven

July 30th, 1997


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After surviving a brutal attack (Instrument used was a board with nails in it) by a student, teacher Trevor Garfield moves from New York to Los Angeles.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.5/10 (10,956 voted)

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, John Heard, Kelly Rowan

High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los-Angeles to the unruly, predominantly Latino school. He has to tame wolf-like students.

Samuel L. Jackson - Trevor Garfield
John Heard - Dave Childress
Kelly Rowan - Ellen Henry
Clifton Collins Jr. - Cesar Sanchez (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Tony Plana - Principal Garcia
Karina Arroyave - Rita Martinez
Lobo Sebastian - Benny Chacon
Jack Kehler - Larry Hyland
Jonah Rooney - Stevie Littleton
Demetrius Navarro - Paco
Ebony Monique Solomon - Lakesia
Johnny Bogris - Barsek (as Yannis Bogris)
Dominic Hoffman - Victor
Martha Velez - Mrs. Chacon
Method Man - Dennis Broadway

Taglines: When schools become war zones and both sides start taking casualties, what then?


Official Website: Warner Bros. |

Release Date: 30 July 1997

Filming Locations: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,912,400 (USA) (3 August 1997) (1121 Screens)

Gross: $5,716,080 (USA) (7 September 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

While riding his exercise bike, Garfield wears a Morehouse College sweatshirt - Samuel L. Jackson's alma mater.

Crew or equipment visible: Dolly tracks visible when the dead dog is taken away by the ambulance.

[first lines]
school official: Alright, let's go people, let's go. One minute until tardy lock-down... take your hat off, thank you... let's go, let's go. Everybody move inside, move inside... morning Trevor, good morning. Let's go, get inside... let her go! No smoking - I don't smoke, you don't smoke. Let's go people, today's a *good* day to learn.

User Review

Interesting insights into boundaries, and what is going too far.

Rating: 7/10

Samuel L. Jackson is superb in this hard look at the pressure that American Teachers can face. The story begins simply enough, but soon leads us into a jungle of what is right and what is wrong. It encompasses the themes of machismo, gangs, respect and the fallen and tainted profession of teaching. Jackson plays the destroyed Teacher, whose life is torn apart after a serious stabbing by one of his own pupils. It follows his fight to cling on to the only thing he has left in his life, Teaching, but soon that too is torn away from him. Watch for this amazing insight into the state of some American schools and for the complex discussions of right, wrong and what it takes to exact a change.