The Substitute (1993 film)
|Distributed by||USA Television Network|
|Directed by||Martin Donovan|
|Produced by||Matthew O'Connor|
|Written by||Cynthia Verlaine|
Natasha Gregson Wagner
|Music by||Gerald Gouriet|
|Editing by||Louise Innes|
|Release date||September 22, 1993|
|Running time||86 minutes|
The Substitute is a 1993 television movie, directed by Martin Donovan, and written by David S. Goyer under the pseudonym Cynthia Verlaine. It stars Amanda Donohoe, Dalton James, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Mark Wahlberg in his first acting role and credited as "Marky Mark" due to his successful hip hop career.
High school teacher Gayle Richardson finds out her husband is cheating on her. She murders both him and his mistress in an outburst of rage. One year later, she has moved to another school under an assumed name. However, news about her past starts to re-emerge, forcing her to embark on yet another killing spree to protect her identity and her crimes.
- Amanda Donohoe as Gayle Richards / Laura Ellington
- Dalton James as Josh Wyatt
- Natasha Gregson Wagner as Jenny
- Eugene Glazer as Ben Wyatt
- Mark Wahlberg as Ryan Westerberg
- David Frankham as Riggs
- Christian Svensson as Dave Korczuk
- Molly Parker as Courtney
- Justine Priestley as Claire Bilino
- Gary Jones as Elliott
Wahlberg was at the beginning of his career, and accordingly was cast in a secondary role (as "Marky Mark"). He consequently did not feature prominently in publicity at the time. However, in recent DVD issues, he has been depicted on the front cover, as a composite image with his face clearly overlaid on a stand-in's body.
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