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Director:
Writers:
Richard Whitley (screenplay) &
Russ Dvonch (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 August 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hey ho, Let's go! See more »
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Sure it's dumb and the acting is bad...but it still manages to be fun. See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Thanks
Joe Dante .... special thanks
 

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
His role as the School Board President marked the final film performance of 'Grady Sutton', ending a career that spanned almost 55 years.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During filming of the concert scenes, the camera focused on P.J. Soles and Dey Young ran at the wrong speed, giving the footage a very speeded-up look. The filmmakers added the scenes into the picture anyway.See more »
Quotes:
Miss Togar:Those Ramones are peculiar.
Police Chief Klein:They're ugly. Ugly, ugly people.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Dead End (1985)See more »
Soundtrack:
High SchoolSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sure it's dumb and the acting is bad...but it still manages to be fun., 5 April 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Rock 'n' Roll High School" is clearly a bad film. The acting ranges from very bad to very broad--and there isn't much else. The plot is practically non-existent. And, the film is just cheap--very, very cheap--which isn't surprising since it's a Roger Corman film. Corman managed to make a ton of money on nearly every one of his 400 or so films--mostly because with minuscule budgets, it was practically impossible NOT to make money! So when you watch the film, don't expect an Oscar-contender! It's just a very cheap film that was intended for a very narrow audience...teens. But it's also a cult film--one that has some very devoted fans. While I don't think the film is wonderful, it's far more than just a cheap-o film--there are some things about it that are actually rather enjoyable.

The film is set at Vince Lombardi High School. The principal is a fun-hating fascist and the students are mostly interested in sex, drugs and rock and roll. And, that really is THE plot of the film--in addition to including the punk group The Ramones. I am a huge Ramones fan and STILL am amazed they agreed to do the movie. After all, they had no respect for authority (that was their shtick) and yet here they appear in a film that is filled with LOTS of lameness. Lame...very lame. But it's nice they were in the film because although there isn't a plot, it is nice to hear their songs--and many of their best songs. My advice is to ignore the plot, listen to the songs and enjoy the goofy moments. My favorite goofy parts were every minute Clint Howard was in the film as well as every time a mouse appeared as well! You just have to see the film to understand what I mean.

Overall, for enjoyability I'd give this one a 7. For quality of production, perhaps a 2. Overall, a 5 seems reasonable. Now the film is NOT for all tastes. There is lots of inappropriate behavior by the teens, so I assume a lot of folks wouldn't understand the film. Also, if you are a young person who knows little of the late 70s, you'll probably just laugh at the ridiculous fashions and dopiness of the film. BUT, if you are a middle-aged guy like me who thinks the Ramones are one of the greatest groups in history, then are you in for a treat!

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