Synopsis: The wife and mistress of a cruel school master collaborate in a carefully planned and executed attempt to murder him. The plan goes well until the body, which has been strategically dumped, disappears. The strain starts to tell on the two women as a retired police investigator who is looking into the disappearance on a whim begins to think that they know more than they are telling, and their mental state is not helped when their victim is seen, apparently alive and well by one of the pupils.
Director(s): Jeremiah S. Chechik
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


Hey! What the hell are you doing here?

The bathroom, something's wrong.

A real peeping Tom, aren't you?

Go back to your room.

She fell! She's hurt! Mrs. Baran!

- Something's wrong!

- Get back to your room. Go.


Is she dead?

I don't know, I didn't check.

Jesus, Guy!

Get her pills. She's still alive.

Call 911. She needs a doctor.

Go get another teacher.

Move it!

I'm alive?

No, you're dead, this is heaven

and I'm the Virgin Mary.

Can you swallow?

Here you go.

I don't want them to see me like this.

Did they say how long?

Erik! What happened?

It's her heart again. Get the boy out.

Failure, despair, passivity...

...rebelliousness, defeat.


Well-meaning people may offer

dozens of theories.

All boiling down

to blaming you, the parent.

You won't find those theories at

St. Anselm School for Boys.

Poor little losers. Aren't you glad

you never did drugs?

You never did, right?

We'll open with the room searches.

Parents eat that sh*t up.

You have to be at the end

of your rope to be here.

We're here, d*ckhead.

Front steps in 10 minutes

for the video shoot.

Take your books home over the weekend.

There'll be a test on Tuesday.

I'll be in a better mood on Tuesday.

Don't let Guy catch you.

He's occupied.

He didn't resist the urge to

assist another mother.

What happened to your eyes?

I don't know what you did to him,

but your husband was in a mood.

Thank you very much.

You shouldn't be seen with him.

They all know. It's better if we act

normal. It won't look bad after.

I only went there because the wife

chooses to sedate herself.

What if she notices they're gone?

Please, that woman has enough drugs

to relax China.

Good morning, ladies.

- Oh, God.

- Are we ready for our close-up?

I can't wait for this to be

done. Everyone gets overexcited.

How your husband expects us

to handle more students...

Lovely seeing you last night.

Anytime we can

assist you two star-crossed...

Is something wrong with your eye?


I'm not surprised.

If you don't quit for yourself, think

of us. Secondhand smoke kills too.

Not reliably.

Then we thought we'd cut to you.

"Consequences, a system kids can

believe in, blah, blah, blah. "

Talk with some of the kids:

"I once was lost, but now I'm found. "

Success stories are

our specialty. I have a boy...

We want shots of the pool

once it's clean.

As much as I'd like to, I

can't afford to maintain the pool.

But it's just...

...boys frolicking, sound minds and

bodies, clean mountain air...

That type of thing.

Skip it. We really want to

shoot the kitchen crew.

Take a number. Hopkins,

take this away. I'm not hungry.

Our chef's skill isn't presentation.

It tastes better than it looks.

It would have to.

Peas mushy. Pepper.

You promised.

It's a sin to waste.

Aren't you the expert on sin?

No, you are.


No one's eating.

Don't encourage them. Use your great

moral force on my behalf. Eat.

It's perfectly edible. See?

Pick up your fork.

Just pick up your fork. Pick it up.

Put some food in your mouth.

That didn't kill you.

Now swallow.

Swallow it.

For God's sake, Guy.

Swallow it, for once in your life.

Actually, I'm quite hungry, so if

you won't be finishing it...

Mr. Katzman.

No student will be allowed to leave

until every plate is clean.

Thank you.

A child bride, gentlemen.

That's what I married.

Each year she grows younger. She's

worse than the boys she teaches.

You're not finished yet. Eat.


You know, I think this might help.

Look what I did.

Could you take this away please?

Excuse me.

Wasn't that fun?

Don't you wish you'd taped that?

I bet you're

kicking yourselves now.

Excuse me.

I'm sure Miss Horner

will keep something hot for you.

Why do you make me do that to you?


You always do it.

And you always will.

No, no, no, no. Only when you


Like that stunt you pulled on Sunday.

When you do things like that...

...do you know how bad

it makes me feel?

You should think about me sometimes.

I just don't know you.

You know me, Mia.

The problem is, you

don't understand me.

Isn't that right?

I know what my little nun likes.

I thought you weren't coming.

Go ahead, get in. Let's go.

They'll see.

We want them to.

They're our alibis.

You take my bedroom.

It's by the bathroom.

And stay here till she sees you.

My, what a surprise!

Irving, it's Nicole.

Miss Horner, I should say,

now that you're the landlady.

I think about your

poor mother every day.


Well, come in.

We're just here for the weekend.

This is my principal, Mrs. Baran.

How nice.

Welcome to Pittsburgh, Mrs. Baran,

and the entire Three Rivers area.

Oh, can you manage?


It must be the post office.

Half the people that work there

aren't American anyway.

I'll send another check tomorrow.

I'll drop by for it tomorrow night.

You can bring your houseguest

if you like.

She'll be busy.

You look so much like your mother.

From behind you can really see it.

I saw a lawyer and he tells me...

...a divorce would be simple.

I could keep the school.

I don't want to talk about it

on the phone, Guy.

I'm at Nicole's house.


Tomorrow night is best.

We'll be out tomorrow.

All right, after 8.

Fine. Goodbye.

Good for you.

It's good to get it over with.

I should take him off speed dial.

One good drink ought to do it.

I can't do this.

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Don Roos

Don Roos was born on April 14, 1955 in New York, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Marley & Me (2008), The Opposite of Sex (1998) and Bounce (2000). He is married to Dan Bucatinsky. They have two children. more…

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