The Substitute (1993 film)

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The Substitute
Distributed by USA Television Network
Directed by Martin Donovan
Produced by Matthew O'Connor
Written by Cynthia Verlaine
Starring Amanda Donohoe
Dalton James
Natasha Gregson Wagner
Mark Wahlberg
Music by Gerald Gouriet
Cinematography Glen MacPherson
Editing by Louise Innes
Country United States
Language English
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.[1] 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.




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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