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Graduation Day
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Graduation Day -- A mysterious killer knocks off members of a high school track team.  Featuring Vanna White!

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Director:
Writers:
Anne Marisse (written by) and
Herb Freed (written by) ...
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Release Date:
1 May 1981 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Graduating from high school has never been so deadly... See more »
Plot:
After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race... See more » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
They don't make movies like this anymore... See more (56 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Herb Freed 
 
Writing credits
Anne Marisse (written by) and
Herb Freed (written by)

David Baughn (story)

Produced by
David Baughn .... producer
Herb Freed .... producer
Hal Schwartz .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Kempel 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Yarussi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Martin Jay Sadoff 
 
Casting by
Aaron Butler 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Henry 
 
Makeup Department
Lars Ferguson .... makeup assistant
Sylvia Flores .... makeup assistant
Gail Larsson .... makeup artist (as Gail Larson)
Jill Rockow .... special effects makeup
 
Production Management
Herman Grigsby .... production manager (as Herman Candler Grigsby)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jan Gunderson .... second assistant director
Hal Schwartz .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ellen Freund .... set dresser
Escott O. Norton .... properties (as Escott Norton)
 
Sound Department
David Etherington .... boom operator
Paul Leimbach .... sound editor
Darryl Linkow .... sound mixer
Paul Martin .... sound re-recording mixer
Hiroaki 'Zom' Yamamoto .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Brooks Mendel .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Jesse Mestas .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
James Winburn .... stunt coordinator (as Jim Winburn)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stacey Codikow .... still photographer
Don Giroux .... best boy
Virgil E. Hammond III .... electrician (as Virgil Hammon)
Buzz Harris .... gaffer
Larry S. Prinz .... second assistant camera (as Larry Prinz)
David Seal .... key grip
Stephen St. John .... first assistant camera (as Steven St. John)
Terry Wimmer .... best boy
Ron Wright .... grip
Massimo Zeri .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Conner .... wardrobe assistant
Christine Nicholson .... wardrobe (as Chris Nicholson)
 
Editorial Department
Barry Dresner .... assistant editor
Lisa Gilhousen .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Lance Dickson .... production assistant
Ross Dickson .... production assistant
Cheryl Hall .... production accountant
Patricia Kenny .... production assistant
Cathy Neely .... assistant to producers
Scott Owen .... production assistant
Mark S. Thomas .... script supervisor (as Mark Thomas)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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96 min | Australia:93 min | UK:92 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R | West Germany:Not Rated
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Trivia:
Producer David Baughn raised the money for the budget from various theater chain owners.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 13 mins) Anne picks up her bag twice in different shots.See more »
Quotes:
Tony Fisk:[while urinating in the woods] The world's my toilet.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lucky StrikeSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
They don't make movies like this anymore..., 27 September 2003

If you love late seventies and early eighties horror/terror/thriller/slasher flicks, this one is a must see. It is in the same league as "Prom Night" and "Hell Night". "Graduation Day" captures a feeling, a mood, a place in time that only exists in the imagination. The music, the acting, the camera work, the characters are a way we can remember 1981. Movies simply don't have the qualities of "Graduation Day" anymore. There are rough edges here. There are simple characters and characters that are not fully developed. Is Ann, the victim's sister, a lesbian? This is only touched on a little during the story. Why doesn't the police office who investigates the disappearance of the victims dislike schools? How did the principal and his secretary begin their affair and what keeps it going? A scene in which a beheading takes place is intercut with a girl rollerskating who likes a lot like the Alice character from "Friday the 13th". As the initiated know, Alice beheaded Mrs. Voorhees. Was this scene a nod to "Friday the 13th"? Has anyone noticed this scene? What happened to Kevin's parents? Does he live alone with his crazy grandmother? They really don't make them like this anymore. I'm not sure if anyone even tries. "Scream" was said to have paid homage to "Graduation Day" and several other movies of that era. I am going to watch it again while keeping that statement in mind. "Graduation Day" is the real deal. Of all the "Halloween" and "Friday the 13th" clones it is one of the highest caliber. Christopher George, Patch McKenzie and the guy from "Fame" (I think) lend star quality. Today's independent films try to capture the spirit of movies like this.

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