One Eight Seven

One Eight Seven (also known as 187) is a 1997 American crime thriller film directed by Kevin Reynolds. It was the first top-billed starring role for Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a Los Angeles teacher caught with gang trouble in an urban high school. The film's name comes from the California Penal Code Section 187, which defines murder.

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Directed byKevin Reynolds
Written byScott Yagemann
Produced byBruce Davey
Stephen McEveety
CinematographyEricson Core
Edited byStephen Semel
Music byDavid Darling
Michael Stearns
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • July 30, 1997 (1997-07-30)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$20 million
Box office$5.7 million

The original screenplay was written in 1995 by Scott Yagemann, a Los Angeles area high school substitute teacher for seven years. He wrote the screenplay after an incident when a violent transfer student had threatened to kill him and his family. Yagemann reported the threat to the authorities and the student was arrested. About a week later, he was called by the district attorney to testify against the student in a court of law, where the student was being prosecuted for stabbing a teacher's aide a year before. This annoyed Yagemann, who had not been told about it beforehand, and led to him writing the screenplay. He claimed that 90% of the film's material is based on incidents that had happened to him and other teachers in real life.[1][2]

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