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Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Thriller | 20 August 1999 (USA)
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The story of a girl who is willing to do anything to become Valedictorian, even if it means murdering the teacher that stands in her way.


Kevin Williamson
4 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Helen Mirren ... Mrs. Tingle
Katie Holmes ... Leigh Ann Watson
Jeffrey Tambor ... Coach Wenchell
Barry Watson ... Luke Churner
Marisa Coughlan ... Jo Lynn Jordan
Liz Stauber ... Trudie Tucker
Michael McKean ... Principal Potter
Molly Ringwald ... Miss Banks
Vivica A. Fox ... Miss Gold
John Patrick White John Patrick White ... Brian Berry
Robert Gant ... Professor
Harvey Silver ... Roger


Leigh Ann Watson (Katie Holmes) is salutatorian when she needs to be valedictorian to get her scholarship to Harvard. The only class she is worse than the leader in is history, taught by Mrs. Tingle (Dame Helen Mirren), and the teacher hates her. When an attempt to get ahead in Mrs. Tingle's class goes awry, mayhem ensues and friendships, loyalties, and trust are tested by the teacher's intricate mind-games. Written by <fichaud2000@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You've met the Witch, now meet the B-tch. See more »


Comedy | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, violence, sexuality, language and some teen drinking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


A television spot that aired upon the film's theatrical release featured a deleted scene in which Mrs. Tingle's dog was drinking out of a bottle. Luke (Barry Watson) reacts to it by saying "I think Mrs. Tingle's dog is an alcoholic" and Leigh Ann (Katie Holmes) replies: "well, wouldn't you be?". See more »


When Leigh Ann and Luke are having sex, Mrs. Tingle tries to break free of her constraints. In the close up it is clearly noticeable that there are two different sets of constraints that are not attached in any way, one around Mrs. Tingle's wrists and one around the bed post. The one around the bed post has a loop for Helen Mirren to put her wrists through. The constraints would go back with Helen Mirren's wrist if it were a single piece, but the loop keeps its shape. See more »


Mrs. Tingle: Even the innocent sometimes burn at the stake.
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Alternate Versions

The credits list Robert Gant as "Professor" but those scenes where deleted. Robert Gant never appears in the film. See more »


References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


I'm in the Mood for Love
Written by Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields
Performed by Julie London
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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SCREAM writer Kevin Williamson flunks at feature debut

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Marisa Coughlan, Barry Watson, Vivica A. Fox, Michael McKean, Molly Ringwald, Liz Stauber, Jeffrey Tambor, Lesley Ann Warren, D: Kevin Williamson. When falsely accused of cheating by a coldhearted history teacher, a straight-A student (Holmes) has her future plans and dreams sabotaged. Then while proving her innocence, Holmes and two friends accidentally knock her out, tie her up, and keep her hostage in her own house until she changes her ways. Good idea translates into this ludicrous premise that never accomplishes what it sets out to do, and with that never delivers real plot twists, just one tease after another. Mirren, the movie's most worthwhile feature, outshines the younger set with her hands literally tied behind her back. Disappointing film debut for SCREAM writer Williamson. Running Time: 95 minutes and rated PG-13 for some language, violence, and sexual content. **

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Release Date:

20 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killing Mrs. Tingle See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,326,870, 22 August 1999

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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