The Substitute 2: School's Out

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The Substitute 2: School's Out
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DVD cover
Directed by Steven Pearl
Produced by Morrie Eisenman
Robert Salerno
Written by Roy Frumkes
Rocco Simonelli
Based on Characters
by Roy Frumkes
Rocco Simonelli
Alan Ormsby
Starring Treat Williams
B. D. Wong
Angel David
Michael Michele
Larry Gilliard Jr.
Music by Joe Delia
Cinematography Larry Banks
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date
  • August 1, 1998 (1998-08-01)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Substitute 2: School's Out is a 1998 straight-to-DVD action-crime-thriller film directed by Steven Pearl and starring Treat Williams as Carl Thomasson (later spelled Karl in the sequels), a mercenary who masquerades as a teacher in order to enter a tough urban school and wreak his revenge upon his brother's killer.

The film has very little connection to The Substitute, other than Joey Six (Shale's only surviving mercenary in the film, this time portrayed by Angel David instead of Raymond Cruz) aiding Thomasson during the course of the movie. A reference early in the film indicates, through a photograph and short conversation between Thomasson and Joey Six, that Shale and Hetzko had married and now teach in foreign nations as part of the Peace Corp. It is also noted that Shale and Thomasson had served in the Army, as well as working as mercenaries together.


Randall Thomasson is gunned down while attempting to talk his way out of a carjacking. His brother, Carl, attends his funeral and attempts to make amends with his niece, who is angry that Carl never contacted her or her father.

Carl decides to investigate his brother's death, and goes undercover as a teacher, facing cynical and reluctant faculty, violent and disruptive students, and a system that—to Carl's eyes—has become broken from the inside, all while attempting to protect his teenage niece.

Recruiting Joey Six, and a rather unorthodox janitor, Thomasson turns the school into an after-hours battleground, fighting against well-armed gang members, and—eventually—the school's auto-repair teacher (B. D. Wong), who is also involved in the gang's 'chop-shop' operation.


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