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Graduation Day (1981)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  1 May 1981 (USA)
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After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing ... See full summary »

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After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin. Written by matt-282

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track | school principal | team | mask | coach | See more »

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There are 200 seniors at Midvale High. And seven days till graduation. The class of '81 is running out of time. See more »


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1 May 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dia de Formatura  »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The blonde girl in the number 46 track jersey was cut out of the film as much as possible since she was fired due to refusal to fulfill the nudity requirements. Linnea Quigley was hired to replace her. See more »

Goofs

Laura's jersey number repeatedly changes between 45 and 40 during the opening sequence. See more »

Quotes

[Sally has bungled her gymnastics lesson]
Coach George Michaels: What happened?
Sally: I'm not sure.
Coach George Michaels: What do you mean you're not sure?
Sally: I don't know.
Coach George Michaels: You broke your concentration, that's what happened! I've never seen anything so sloppy!
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, the killer is shown holding the stopwatch he uses to time his murders. See more »


Soundtracks

Graduation Day Blues
by Grant Loud
Performed by Grant Loud (uncredited)
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now you're just looking for an event to mass-murder!
25 July 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Why, of all the slasher films to come out of the early '80's, that Graduation Day is so well remember I will never know. Graduation Day is a far cry from some of the better '80's slashers, but it isn't the bottom of the barrel either.

After a high school track star literally runs herself to death, someone begins to kill the remaining members of the track team. But for what reason?

Graduation Day is a slasher film that's served with a big slice of cheese. You've got some corny characters, some unneeded musical numbers (not including the funky song in the opening montage), and some bad acting - no wonder Vanna White is only spinning letters now. But it has some merits too. There are some amusing murder sequences and the story manages to be engaging - if only for the campy elements.

So when all is said and done, you can do worse. But it's not worth missing The Burning, Curtains, or House on Sorority Row for.

** out of ****


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