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Director:
Writers:
Paul Glickler (original story) &
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Release Date:
March 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
From Chin to Ankles With the Cheerleaders See more »
Plot:
A group of cheerleaders from the local high school decide to show their school spirit for their football team by sleeping with the opponents the night before the game so that they can be so worn out the opposition won't be able to play. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A sexploitation classic See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Stephanie Fondue ... Jeannie
Denise Dillaway ... Claudia
Jovita Bush ... Bonnie
Brandy Woods ... Debbie
Clair Dia ... Suzie (as Sandy Evans)
Kimberly Hyde ... Patty (as Kim Stanton)
Richard Meatwhistle ... Jon
Jonathan Jacobs ... Norm
Raoul Hoffnung ... Novi
Patrick Wright ... Coach Gannon
Terri Teague ... Isabel
Jack Jonas ... Daddy
Jay Lindner ... Mom
Charles Goldman ... Sal
John Bracci ... Vinnie
Bill Lehrke ... Counterboy
P.J. Karparti ... Fourth String Quarterback
Evett Wilber ... Bus Driver
Bruce Janger ... Jeannie's Brother
Joe Discoskey ... Radio Announcer
Howdy Gowdy ... TV Announcer

Directed by
Paul Glickler 
 
Writing credits
Paul Glickler (original story) &
Richard Lerner (original story) &
Tad Richards (original story)

Ace Baandige (screenplay) &
Paul Glickler (screenplay) &
Tad Richards (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Boggs .... associate producer
Paul Glickler .... producer
Richard Lerner .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Herman 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Lerner (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joseph Ancore Jr.  (as Joseph Ancore)
Paul Glickler 
Richard Lerner 
 
Production Design by
Jackson De Govia  (as Jackson Da Govia)
 
Makeup Department
Tallie Cochrane .... hair stylist (as Talie Cochrane)
Tallie Cochrane .... makeup director (as Talie Cochrane)
Jo Kohn .... hair stylist
Jo Kohn .... makeup director
 
Production Management
Kent Gibson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Boggs .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Gostanian .... propman
 
Sound Department
Peter Castle-Hill .... sound editor
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recording mixer: Magno Sound
Jim Mansen .... boom operator
Paula Wallah .... sound editor
Louis Yates .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... camera operator: second unit (as Aggie Aguilar)
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Aggie Aguilar)
David Brooks .... best boy
Ken Howard .... still photographer
Daniel Loewenthal .... camera operator: second unit (as Dan Lowenthal)
Daniel Loewenthal .... key grip (as Dan Lowenthal)
Patrick Riley .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Polland .... costumer (as Ann Polland)
 
Music Department
The Honeyboys .... recordist: original instrumental music
 
Other crew
Jonathan Jacobs .... production assistant
Ginger Johnson .... cheerleading coach
Stephen Kenin .... company masseur
Anne Strasburg .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Return to Montclair High" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
Australia:81 min | USA:84 min
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Certification:
Australia:R | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (DVD rating) | USA:X (self applied)

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Trivia:
The football team was composed of actual football players. When the initiation shower scene was filmed, many of the football players were shy and drank beer to build up their courage to be filmed nude. Many of them did the scene in their underwear covered by towels.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: As the cheerleaders walk by the school janitor on the way to the locker room.See more »
Quotes:
Bonnie:You mean you're a...?
Jeannie Davis:Yes, and I always have been.
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Movie Connections:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Like What You're Doing To MeSee more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A sexploitation classic, 6 February 2000

"The Cheerleaders" is a prime example of a great sexploitation film.

It has fun, does not take itself seriously and never goes too long without the promised "action".

Despite the frequent sex, the movie is overall light and innocent. A lot of the comedy arises from the sex scenes which is sort of unique. Usually in these films the sex scenes are played straight and/or romantic and the sthick is in the rest of the film. Here, sex is part of the sthick and because of that it mixes into the movie a whole lot better.

It's also unusual to have female nudity played for laughs. The rule of thumb in these movies is that male nudity is funny (like in Porkys or Private Resort)and female nudity is sexy. In this movie, female nudity is played for laughs at least a couple times.

Slapstick, sexual slapstick, goofy premise, total reality disconnect, pre PC freedom, impossibly short cheerleader skirts, this movie has it all.

What it also has is a leading lady who's cute with a capital CUTE. Willowy Stephanie Fondue plays Jeannie, a girl who is desperate to lose her virginity but whenever she tries, something goes wrong. That's where the suspension of disbelief begins and you'll have to keep it all through the film. Especially when the cheerleaders come up with thier grand plan of helping thier team win by tiring out the opposing team in a... er... special way.

This is a classic for the Joe Bob Briggs set, of which I am a part(Yes, I love the real classics, I love the high minded films but I love these type of movies too... so shoot me).

It's also full of ephemeral details like see through water beds, shag walls and pictures of teen stars in the lockers I can't recognize. It's a trip!

The girls playing the cheerleaders did not have Oscars looming over thier heads but they were appealing and often showed decent comic timing.

You are most likely to find this film on video edited to an R(the earliest video release was not edited. I've seen both). The original version, while not pornographic, would no doubt get an NC-17 today. I don't know if it was originally released as an X rating, unrated or if it did indeed squeak by with an "R" rating because of the MPAA's looser latitude on sex in films back then.

So, for those of you that liked "American Pie" and all those other recent so called sexploitation movies, rent this movie and see how much more fun these type of movies were when they were less self conscious to getting a particular MPAA rating or to treading (but not crossing) "the line" and much more "Hey! This is going to be wild! Let's have fun with this!".

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