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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Roberts
Miss Evelyn Togar
Mr. McGree
Police Chief
Screamin' Steve Stevens
Coach Steroid
Daniel Davies ...
Lynn Farrell ...
Angel Dust
Herbie Braha ...
Grady Sutton ...
School Board President
Chris Somma ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disco High  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Mary Woronov, who plays the tyrannical Principal Togar, is only seven years older than P. J. Soles, who plays rebellious high school student Riff Randell. See more »


Backstage at the Ramones concert, after Kate finds Tom sprawled out on the floor, while the two of them are talking the shower curtain dress she's wearing comes off her without her making any apparent effort to remove it. See more »


Johnny Ramone: Things sure have changed since we got kicked out of high school.
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Blitzkrieg Bop
Written by Tommy Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone
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Spreading The Ramone Gospel
24 June 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If you're not a fan of the post disco music scene that The Ramones represented you're probably not going to like Rock "N" Roll High School. And if you do nothing that I or any other reviewer says will influence you in the slightest degree.

There's no plot in this anarchistic film by Roger Corman, but that's part of the fun. It involves new school principal Miss Togar from the Ilsa Koch's Buchenwald school of education trying to restore some discipline to Vince Lombardi High School.

Her main opponent is P.J. Soles who has dedicated her life to spreading the gospel of The Ramones to her peers. But in Mary Woronov as principal Togar, she's got a ruthless adversary.

There's a subplot going involving young Vincent Van Patten looking for some sex from somewhere. Here it gets a bit ridiculous because I can't believe Vincent Van Patten couldn't get any female or gay male if that was what he might want. He plays the same kind of goofy teenager that David Cassidy did on The Partridge Family.

Of course all this is an excuse to play a whole lot of Ramone songs including the title song of this film. Stylistically Rock 'N' Roll High School borrows from A Hard Day's Night and from Grease and the mix is good.

It ain't exactly my kind of music and it's not O'Neill or Shakespeare, but the film is amusing and harmless.

And the ending is the dream of a lot of teenagers.

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