Rip-Off (1971)

R  |   |  Drama  |  October 1972 (USA)
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Best friends Michael, Steve, Cooly and Richie are seniors at a large Toronto high school. Foremost on their minds and that of many of their classmates are what they are going to do this ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Endersby ...
Michael Kukulewich ...
Cooly (as Mike Kukulewich)
Peter Gross ...
Hugh Webster ...
Mr. Duncan
Susan Petrie ...
Susan (as Sue Helen Petrie)
Maxine Miller ...
Mrs. Duncan
Alma Matsh ...
David Yorston ...
Math Teacher
Indian #1
Tedde Moore ...
Guy Sanvido
Petunia Cameron-Swayze
Buddy Sault
Ann Lantuk


Best friends Michael, Steve, Cooly and Richie are seniors at a large Toronto high school. Foremost on their minds and that of many of their classmates are what they are going to do this upcoming summer and beyond. They don't want to waste away the summer much like they did this past summer. Mike is being pressured by his parents to go to university following graduation from high school, although Mike himself is unsure if that's what he wants to do. Other ideas they discuss are to tour with their band, Arctic Madness, or to start a commune on a five hundred acre parcel of wilderness property outside of Timmins that was deeded to Mike. As the end of the school year approaches and these successive ideas come and fall by the wayside, the four come to a realization of what their future together holds. Written by Huggo

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THEY'VE GOT IT MADE...(well, almost) a rock band, a commune...AND THE GIRLS








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A slice of lost Canadiana circa 1971
24 June 2000 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Rip-Off is a nice little coming of age movie about 4 soon-to-graduate high school students in suburban Toronto in 1971. It has the images of the early 70's, tied-dye shirts, the "ecology trip", and the trip to the country in a beat up van. The guys want to start up a commune on some land one of them (Don Scardino) has inherited. The subsequent trip and disillusionment is the overriding theme of the movie. It is something someone growing up in that time can relate to. The world has changed a lot since then but it is a nostalgic trip back in time. This is not a big blockbuster movie, but it is a worthwhile "little" movie. The director Don Shebib is best known for the classic Canadian movie "Goin' Down the Road".

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