QUESTION: The film Dangerous Minds was inspired by real events that occurred in what high school?
A) Carlmont, in Belmont, California
B) Pensacola, in Pensacola, Florida
C) Capitol, in Boise, Idaho
D) Campbell, in Los Angeles, California
Welcome back to the American Treasure Tour blog, where we are devoted to telling the stories related to the pieces in our collection here in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Displayed in our Music Room are posters and photographs spanning the entirety of cinematic history. One thing that visiting us helps to realize is just how many movies have been made over the years. We've talked about dozens of them and dare we say there are even dozens more out there to talk about in blogs yet to come. Today, we delve deeply into the mysterious and strange 1990's. 1995 to be exact, when Michelle Pfeiffer was at the peak of her career in films such as the based-on-true-events story of LouAnne Johnson, a retired United States Marine who took as her next job that of a school teacher at a segregated inner-city high school. That was in 1989, long after the Supreme Court declared segregation illegal, although it's safe to say it is still an issue in certain areas.
The students in LouAnne's class were hopeless cases - pregnant teens, gang members - and they had no interest in formalized study. So LouAnne throws the curriculum away and reaches out to connect with them in a way they could understand. She pulls out her favorite Bob Dylan songs and shows them the beauty of art. She then gets involved in their personal lives, going to their homes and taking them out to dinner. Whatever it took. No spoilers here. The movie was a substantial success when it came out, despite the critics and their reviews. The writing was described as inferior, the character development not substantial enough. Pfeiffer wasn't given a chance. The oddest thing about the movie was that the real LouAnne brought rap into her classroom to connect with her students, and the film LouAnne brought in Bob Dylan. But it did introduce the world to Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise," so there's that. The soundtrack went triple platinum and the film made over seven times its budget. Which means the critics must have been wrong! Check it out. Or just come to the Tour to admire the poster!
ANSWER: A) Carlmont, in Belmont, California