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Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

 -  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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Tom Roberts
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Eaglebauer
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Miss Evelyn Togar
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Mr. McGree
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Police Chief
Don Steele ...
Screamin' Steve Stevens
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Coach Steroid
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Daniel Davies ...
Lynn Farrell ...
Angel Dust
Herbie Braha ...
Manager
Grady Sutton ...
School Board President
Chris Somma ...
Shawn
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Storyline

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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Hey ho, Let's go! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Disco High  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Originally, Todd Rundgren was to star as the musical act, but both sides could not come to an agreement. Next, Cheap Trick was contacted, but a similar situation happened. After that, talks were conducted with Warner Bros. Records, where Allan Arkush had a connection, to decide on which band they should use in the film. The first suggestion was Devo, but Arkush decided that they had too much of their own concept. Another band considered for the movie was Van Halen, but Warner execs warned Arkush that they were raucous and would be difficult to handle. Finally, an exec name-dropped the Ramones, who recorded for Sire Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records. Arkush, being a huge fan of the band, agreed. To this day, Rundgren regrets passing up the role he was offered. See more »

Goofs

When Tom calls Riff from his van, he mentions that he is listening to the "new Ramones album." The song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" can be heard in the background. The problem is "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" is from the Ramones' first album "Ramones" (1976). Had Tom actually been listening to their newest album, he would have been listening to "Road to Ruin" (1978)...which does not include the song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend". 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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Connections

Followed by Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

California Sun
Written by Henry Glover and Morris Levy
Performed by Ramones
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Rock 'n' Roll High School was one of the best movies ever made
8 June 2004 | by (Vandalia, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Rock 'n' Roll High School was one of the best movies ever made! I think the only reason it was so awesome was because of The Ramones! You couldn't have made the same movie and put something like the Sex Pistols, or The Clash in place of The Ramones, it just wouldn't have been the same. dey young, clint howard, Vincent Van Patten, Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, and the hall monters, just added to the movie. The whole entire movie is about The Ramones...especially Joey! So everybody showed see Rock 'n' Roll High School if your a huge fan of real PUNK. Not the sissy new crap...but the loud, and fast kind. The kind only The Ramones could do. R.I.P (Rest In Peace) Joey Ramone 1951-2001. Dee Dee Ramone 1952-2002!


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