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A dedicated high school teacher tries to imbue his troubled, mostly impoverished inner city students with discipline, respect and a love of learning, but unlike the educators in The Blackboard Jungle, To Sir With Love or even Stand and Deliver, this teacher fails and so resorts to desperate means to cope. Up until the moment he was stabbed by a vengeful gang member while teaching at a Brooklyn High School, Trevor Garfield (Samuel L. Jackson) was a dedicated educator. His nearly fatal wounding coupled with an indifferent school administration profoundly changed him. Fifteen months race past and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A combined psychological and vigilante drama."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Awful urban angst piece. One of Jackson's worst roles."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"The film asks all the right questions, but with its Billy Jack approach it rings false even when making some sense."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A compelling, sobering drama about a well-intentioned high-school teacher driven over the edge by criminal student predators. Jackson gives a commanding, very empathetic performance."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"What makes the film work, perhaps better than it has any right to be, is Jackson."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"As a social-problem picture, 187 is a great music-video."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"Excellent drama about what tough schools are really like. Doesn't glamorize students or teachers. Powerful."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"If you're looking for another Stand and Deliver, watch something else."
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
"Samuel L. Jackson gets a B+ for his solid, towering performance but the film itself should've been held back."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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