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Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 24 August 1979 (USA)
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A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.

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Miss Evelyn Togar
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Mr. McGree
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Screamin' Steve Stevens
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Shawn
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Vince Lombardi High School keeps losing principals to nervous breakdowns because of the students' love of rock 'n' roll and their disregard of education. The putative leader of the students is Riff Randell, who loves the music of the Ramones. A new principal, the rock-music-hating Miss Evelyn Togar, is brought in and promises to put an end to the music craze. When Miss Togar and a group of parents attempt to burn a pile of rock records, the students take over the high school, joined by the Ramones, who are made honorary students. When the police are summoned and demand that the students evacuate the building, they do so, which leads to an explosive finale. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Will your school be NEXT? See more »

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24 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Disco High  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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The movie spurred just the one sequel which was made and released around twelve years later. Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991) didn't garner theatrical releases and was a straight to video movie debut. See more »

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When Angel Dust and Riff Randell are continuing to argue about who's in line first, the Ramones pull up. They begin to push and shove each other. Angel's hair starts being pulled up, neatly. As her and Riff push to get the Ramone's attention, Angel's hair falls down. But after the Ramones are done singing, their manager approaches Angel, and her hair is up neatly once again. See more »

Quotes

Tom Roberts: [needs to see Eaglebauer] Miss, you don't understand. See, uh, this is an emergency.
Norma: Animal, vegetable, or mineral?
Tom Roberts: Um... sexual.
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Referenced in Breakfast of Imbeciles (2005) See more »

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Rock n Roll
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
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Goofy and fun
16 January 2002 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

I have to say that I was really surprised by this movie. It's a lot of fun, especially for fans of Eating Raoul....(Paul Bartel as an uptight music teacher who really loosens up to the Ramones and Mary Woronov as an insane principal with a real vendetta against rock n' roll, and the Ramones in particular). The movie is so high-spirited that I didn't mind its cheesy, ultra low budget look. The Ramones themselves looked pretty bewildered most of the time (especially Joey) but somehow they fit in to the high energy level of the other actors (especially P.J. Soles, who really should have made more movies) and the various shenanigans, many of which are pretty bizarre.


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