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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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Tom Roberts
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Miss Evelyn Togar
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Mr. McGree
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Police Chief
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Screamin' Steve Stevens
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Coach Steroid
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Daniel Davies ...
Lynn Farrell ...
Angel Dust
Herbie Braha ...
Manager
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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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Where the 3 R's Stood for ROCK, ROLL and REBELLION! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

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24 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disco High  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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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

Riff remarks excitedly to Kate about how the Ramones are all brothers. In fact, none of the Ramones were related to each other. See more »

Quotes

Fritz HanselFritz Gretel: DEMERIT! DEMERIT!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock n Roll
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
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My brief review of the film
29 September 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

An extremely silly and overdone comedy, the film is nevertheless still reasonably entertaining, as the songs are good, the characters are relatively fun to watch, and there are some genuine laughs along the way. The film has a thing or two to say as a cultural study and an examination of teenage rebellion, but whatever messages may be there are weak, for the film does not take itself too seriously, presenting many events and ideas that are plain out ridiculous. Also, it would have been nice to get to know the characters a bit better, but then were the filmmakers really trying to do something better than a run-of-the-mill high school set film, or were they just out to have fun, like their characters are? This is not a bad film either way, and arguably it is worth checking out, but it would take a lot of guts to call this a good film.


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