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Heartbreak High (1981)
"The Kinky Coaches and the Pom Pom Pussycats" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  28 August 1981 (USA)
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Two long-time rival high school football coaches lead their respective teams into battle for the city football championship. However, before the opening kickoff, various students from each ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coach 'Bulldog' Malone
Jack McGuire
Coach Alan Arnoldi
Thom Haverstock ...
Richard Plitt
Terry Swiednicki ...
Pigger Peterson
Keith Brown ...
Doolie O'Toole
Christine Cattell ...
Lisa Schwartz ...
Paul Backewich ...
Weasel Wexler
Kimberly McKeever ...
Gary Leonard
James Murchison ...
Roger Mandel
Frank Blunt
Jerry Holvak (as Matt Birman-Feldman)
Donann Cavin ...
Kathy Wilton
Jean Walker ...
Miss Reed


Two long-time rival high school football coaches lead their respective teams into battle for the city football championship. However, before the opening kickoff, various students from each school try to do whatever it takes to throw the opposing team off of their game. Written by Tito-8

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Heartbreak High  »

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Shot at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds, Quebec. Crowd scenes used students from all the neighboring schools. See more »


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Getting down to the Crunch!
26 March 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

This 1979 film with John Vernon (fresh from ANIMAL HOUSE), Norman Fell (from top show THREE'S COMPANY) and leading man Robert Forster (just finished THE BLACK HOLE) and TV director Mike Warren, and presented by a major 70's producer Sandy Howard, and title song performed by The Cooper Brothers! You'll figured this was going to be a big film. Well it's not! They must be a reason why all the Canadian films made back in those Canadian tax shelter days, this one took two years to get released and was picked up by a company that disappeared a year later! This film looks like all budget went to the actor, producer, and director that the rest was made cheap.

The film plot is a feud between two high school football team, one school has a coach (vernon) who can think without his lucky underwear (that's supposed to be kinky?), and the other school has a coach (Forster) who plays football with the music teacher in bed (I guess that's kinky?). Fell plays a boring local radio sportcaster who is ingored by both teams. The only funny scene is when the team mascot get hit by a police car. It was good to see Forster and Vernon re-team (they did JUSTINE back in 1970!)!

This film barely played at the theatres in Seattle (three drive-ins and one multiplex) with no mention of the stars. In fact, Siskel & Ebert gave this "the Dog of the Week"! The US title of this film is terrible, but the Canadian title CRUSH is much better. In fact, the Canadian network actually played this film at prime time once!

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