Dangerous Minds

1995 film directed by John N. Smith

Dangerous Minds is a 1995 American drama movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer. It is set in a problematic California high school. Its subjects include gangs, teenage pregnancy, poetry and school problems.

Dangerous Minds
Directed byJohn N. Smith
Screenplay byRonald Bass
Based onMy Posse Don't Do Homework
by LouAnne Johnson
Produced byDon Simpson
Jerry Bruckheimer
StarringMichelle Pfeiffer
Music byWendy & Lisa
Distributed byHollywood Pictures
Release date
  • August 11, 1995 (1995-08-11) (US)
Running time
99 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$29 million
Box office$179,519,401 [1]

Pfeiffer portrays LouAnne Johnson, a former U.S. Marine on whose novel this drama is based. Most of the students in this urban melodrama are African American and Hispanic adolescents.

Dangerous Minds was released August 11, 1995. It had mixed critical reception though was a strong box office hit. In 1996 a television series of the same name premiered, though it was short lived.

The soundtrack and its lead single 'Gangsta's Paradise' by Coolio, enjoyed major success. It received nominations for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Soundtrack Album. Coolio won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his vocals.[2]


  1. "Boxofficemojo.com". Dangerous Minds Box Office Gross.
  2. "Dangerous Minds (1995) - Awards". imdb.com. Retrieved 2009-11-20.

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