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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 ...
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Grady Sutton ...
School Board President
Chris Somma ...
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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Hey ho, Let's go! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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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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Trivia

The only ever production where director Joe Dante is billed as a writer. See more »

Goofs

Riff is shown putting on the Ramones' "Road to Ruin" album to listen to the song "I Want You Around". This song does not appear on that record. See more »

Quotes

Fritz Hansel: The gym!
Fritz Gretel: Girls!
Fritz Hansel: Music!
Fritz Gretel: Legs!
Fritz Hansel: Dancing!
Fritz Gretel: Boobs!
Fritz Hansel: Randell!
Fritz Gretel: Sex...
Mr. McGree: I think they're trying to tell us something.
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Referenced in The Rocky Horror Treatment (1981) See more »

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Written by Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone
Performed by Ramones
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The Bestest Worst movie ever
27 December 2001 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Ok, from the TV guide description it sounded really cool. And it probably could have been. The first half is a bunch of 80's movie teen crap, like practing kissing and being in love with a jock :X . But then, the main character (who is perpetually dressed in exersice clothes)has this fantasy. Wow...wow wow wow wow wow. The whole movie is worth it for just this scene. Joey is there and then he's on her bed, and then he's on her...and well, no nudity, really, but the Ramones are playing in her room for her, and it's just the best. When I first saw Dee Dee in the shower I was like "Oh...Oh...wow...These guys are awesome." It totally introduced me to the Ramones. The only other good part is the concert, which is equally appealing. Besides that, the movie is crap. There are a few good running jokes (Do your parents know your Ramones?, white mice). I can't believe the other plot lines though. The whole school loves the Ramones? No, that will never happen. Also the control the principal has over the students varies immensely (ie, they take over the school, then she yells at them and they rush to class? If they took over the school, would they care about what some new principal said?). When they blow up the school at the end it's pretty cool. Great moments, if you can stand the annoying parts in between.


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