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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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Director:
Writers:
Richard Whitley (screenplay) &
Russ Dvonch (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 August 1979 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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A Blitzkrieg Of Music And Laffs See more (69 total) »

Cast

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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)

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)
Arturo Vega ... Concert Guy in Hallway (uncredited)
George Wagner ... Man Proposing in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Gigi Williams ... Concert Girl in Hallway (uncredited)
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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)
 
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 (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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:
The name of the Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) was the "Vince Lombardi High School".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Tom calls Riff from his van, he mentions that he is listening to the "new Ramones album." The song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" can be heard in the background. The problem is "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" is from the Ramones' first album "Ramones" (1976). Had Tom actually been listening to their newest album, he would have been listening to "Road to Ruin" (1978)...which does not include the song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend".See more »
Quotes:
Miss Togar:[holding phone to radio broadcasting live Ramones concert] That, Mrs. Rambeau, is where your daughter is.
Mrs. Rambeau:[over phone] My daughter, Kate? I thought she was in the basement splitting photons.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Blitzkrieg Of Music And Laffs, 17 July 2008
Author: ferbs54 from United States

Well, I have finally caught up with "Rock 'N' Roll High School," almost 30 years after it first became a midnight movie sensation in 1979. (Latecomer that I am, I will probably first see this summer's new documentary "Patti Smith: Dream of Life" sometime around 2040!) And no, the film doesn't feel dated one bit, and yes, it was worth the wait. This is a very high-energy comedy that features loads of great music and some surprising moments. It tells the story of Riff Randell, adorably played by P.J. Soles, and the battle that she and her fellow students at Vince Lombardi High wage against their new repressive principal, Miss Togar. (Danny Peary, in his book "Cult Movies," quite accurately describes Mary Woronov's performance as an "evil Eve Arden.") A typical teens vs. Establishment story line is beefed up here with some absurdist humor (those exploding mice, that giant mouse, the Hansel and Gretel hall monitors) and some truly rousing tunes. Riff is, of course, the #1 fan of that original punk band The Ramones, and that band dishes out a baker's dozen of its greatest songs during the course of the film, including five at a concert that is a total blast. Indeed, the sight of Riff furiously dancing to "Teenage Lobotomy" at this blowout may be the picture's funniest moment. And the initial appearance of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Marky in their Ramonesmobile, and later slinking down a street singing "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do," is quite exhilarating. The film ends with an explosive confrontation that is, I would imagine, every high school kid's wet dream. Fun stuff indeed. On a side note, The Ramones were one of the loudest bands that I have ever seen in concert, so I was very amused to note that the DVD for this film comes with optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired. How many aging punks out there found these subtitles necessary, I wonder....

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