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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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Release Date:
1 May 1981 (USA) See more »
Graduating from high school has never been so deadly... See more »
After a high school track runner suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a masked killer begins murdering her friends on the school track team one by one. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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)
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


Additional Details

Also Known As:
96 min | Australia:93 min | UK:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:R | West Germany:Not Rated
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

DIRCAMEO [Herb Freed]: As the killer in the chase sequence with Linnea Quigley.See more »
Continuity: Laura's jersey number repeatedly changes between 45 and 40 during the opening sequence.See more »
Principal Guglione:Who are you? What do you want?
Insp. Halliday:Inspector Halliday. Police.
Principal Guglione:Halliday? Police?
[Insp. Halliday nods]
Principal Guglione:You don't look Irish.
Insp. Halliday:I'm Lebanese.
Principal Guglione:You look Italian.
Insp. Halliday:You look Lebanese.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Video Nasties: Draconian Days (2014)See more »
The KillerSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
now you're just looking for an event to mass-murder!, 25 July 2005
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

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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