Nick Nolte is weary high school instructor Alex Jurel, trying to make sense of an educational system gone haywire in this seriocomic look at a modern "blackboard jungle." His one-time idealism long gone, Alex becomes caught between his desire to help his students and a request to lie to protect a school board embroiled in a lawsuit. Great supporting cast includes JoBeth Williams, Judd Hirsch, Richard Mulligan, Ralph Macchio, Laura Dern, and Morgan Freeman. 107 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.