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Rock 'n' Roll High School -- 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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Release Date:
24 August 1979 (USA) See more »
Hey ho, Let's go! See more »
A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of the best cult classics ever! See more (71 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

P.J. Soles ... Riff Randell

Vincent Van Patten ... Tom Roberts

Clint Howard ... Eaglebauer

Dey Young ... Kate Rambeau

Mary Woronov ... Miss Evelyn Togar

Paul Bartel ... Mr. McGree

Dick Miller ... Police Chief

Don Steele ... Screamin' Steve Stevens

Alix Elias ... Coach Steroid

Loren Lester ... Fritz Hansel
Daniel Davies ... Fritz Gretel
Lynn Farrell ... Angel Dust
Herbie Braha ... Manager
Grady Sutton ... School Board President
Chris Somma ... Shawn
Marla Rosenfield ... Cheryl
Barbara Ann Grimes ... Cafeteria Lady (as Barbara Ann Walters)
Terry Soda ... Norma
Joe Van Sickle ... Cop
Joey Ramone ... Himself
Johnny Ramone ... Himself
Dee Dee Ramone ... Himself

Marky Ramone ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Arkush ... Ticket Taker in Green Shirt (uncredited)
David N. Barber ... Native American Scalper (uncredited)

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Pink Cadillac Driver (uncredited)
Rob Bottin ... Giant White Mouse / Mrs. Mouse (uncredited)
Dinah Cancer ... Concert Girl with Ear Muffs (uncredited)
Ann Chatterton ... Student (uncredited)
Darby Crash ... Audience Member in White Jacket (uncredited)
Ned Daly ... Student (uncredited)

Joe Dante ... Riot Cop with sunglasses (uncredited)
Sylvia Dante ... Nun (uncredited)
Russ Dvonch ... Student Carried by Football Players (uncredited)

Debbie Evans ... Student (uncredited)

Jack Gill ... Student (uncredited)

Michael Goodwin ... Chemistry Teacher (uncredited)
Ben Haller ... Roadie with Cocaine (uncredited)
John Hateley ... Student (uncredited)
Kay Kimler ... French Teacher (uncredited)
Joseph McBride ... School Board Member (uncredited)
Monte Melnick ... Road Manager with Mustache (uncredited)
Linda Ramone ... Concert Girl in Hallway (uncredited)

Jim Rygiel ... Guy in Line at Mayan Theater (uncredited)
Teri Schwartz ... Nun (uncredited)
Tammy Trujillo ... Girl in Locker Room (uncredited)
Arturo Vega ... Concert Guy in Hallway (uncredited)
George Wagner ... Man Proposing in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Gigi Williams ... Concert Girl in Hallway (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Arkush 
Joe Dante (uncredited)
Writing credits
Richard Whitley (screenplay) &
Russ Dvonch (screenplay) and
Joseph McBride (screenplay)

Allan Arkush (story) &
Joe Dante (story)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Michael Finnell .... producer
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
Gail Werbin 
Art Direction by
Marie Kordus 
Set Decoration by
Linda Pearl 
Costume Design by
Jack Buehler 
Makeup Department
Gigi Williams .... hairdresser
Gigi Williams .... makeup
Production Management
Mark Radcliffe .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jon Davison .... second unit director
Gerald T. Olson .... first assistant director
Caren Singer .... second assistant director
Jerry Zucker .... second unit director
Bruce Fritzberg .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Craig Storper .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Toepfer .... assistant art director
Richard Upper .... main title design
Sound Department
Rhonda Baer .... boom operator
J.A. Markovitch .... sound mixer: concert sound
Michael C. Moore .... sound mixer (as Michael Moore)
Special Effects by
Frank DeMarco .... special effects
Roger George .... special effects
Ann Chatterton .... stunt player
Debbie Evans .... stunt player
Jack Gill .... stunt player
John Hateley .... stunt player
Kay Kimler .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Carin Abramson .... still photographer
Chris Brightman .... grip
Clyde E. Bryan .... second unit cameraman (as Clyde Bryan)
Scott Buttfield .... electrician
Steve Caldwell .... grip
Mark Shane Davis .... gaffer (as Mark Davis)
Tim Doughten .... grip
Paul Elliott .... camera assistant
Steven Fierberg .... electrician (as Steve Fierberg)
Steve Mathis .... best boy
Krishna Rao .... camera assistant
Fred Roscolene .... key grip
Thomas Vanghele .... camera assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda M. Bass .... assistant wardrobe (as Linda Bass)
Editorial Department
Kent Beyda .... assistant editor
Mark Helfrich .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jane Alsobrook .... music consultant
Jonathan Brett .... soundtrack coordinator
Michael Z. Gordon .... composer: additional music
Joel Soifer .... music re-mix engineer
Phil Spector .... music re-mixer
Ed Stasium .... musical director: Ramones
Seymour Stein .... soundtrack coordinator
Transportation Department
Chris Brightman .... driver
Other crew
Susan Arnold .... extras coordinator
Rob Bottin .... giant mouse creator
Bruce Frankel .... production assistant
Richard Graddis .... production assistant
Ernie Guderjahn .... extras coordinator
Siana Lee Hale .... choreographer
Terry Hutner .... production coordinator
Jennifer Radcliffe .... production assistant
Jeanne Rosenberg .... script supervisor
Michael Silvers .... production assistant
Kent Adamson .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Cameron .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gale Anne Hurd .... production assistant (uncredited)
Vincent Prentice .... co-creator: giant mouse (uncredited)
Joe Dante .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
93 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:S (1990) | Iceland:12 | Iceland:L (re-rating) | UK:15 (cut) | USA:PG (certificate #25611) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Dee Dee Ramone was such a bad actor that his lines were cut from five down to two, in the dressing room after the concert: "Hey, pizza!" and "Hey, pizza! It's great! Let's dig in!"See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Ramones Raw (2004)See more »
She's The OneSee more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the best cult classics ever!, 1 January 2004
Author: Nick from Dallas, TX

A must for any punk rocker, this is the movie that made The Ramones a household name back in the early 1980's (when it first appeared on premium cable stations). This was one of the first and best of the American Punk Rock movies, with a cult classic status up there with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Originally the producers wanted Cheap Trick as the stars, but the release of the "Live At Budakon" album had just made them superstars and too hot an item to be in a low budget movie. Very good luck for the Ramones who were looking to break out of the underground punk rock world and into the mainstream market (which sadly never happened until after the bands demise). The band, Dee Dee especially, always disliked the movie through the 80's but the fans always loved and could recite most of the movie while waiting to get into Ramones shows. This movie, like most classics, is stupid fun with some classic Ramones footage in their heyday. Don't expect more, you won't find it. It's great fun, so enjoy it. Another Allan Arkush classic movie in a similar vein is Get Crazy, featuring Lee Ving from the legendary hardcore punk band Fear.

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