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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, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race... See more » | 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

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Laura's jersey number repeatedly changes between 45 and 40 during the opening sequence.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Robin Hood (1973)See more »
Graduation Day BluesSee more »


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Likable slasher for those with a penchant for '80s nostalgia, 15 January 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

Let's face it, GRADUATION DAY was never going to win any film-making awards. It's a low budget slice of sleazy trash, rushed out on the cheap to cater for the audience's new-found appetite for horror in the wake of HALLOWEEN and Friday THE 13TH. The plot is threadbare, the editing is slightly dodgy, and most of the cast give performances so wooden that you'd think you were down the local forest.

And yet, and yet...GRADUATION DAY has a certain charm all of its own. The high school setting is a fun one, and the various HALLOWEEN-inspired stalk 'n' slash sequences are a hoot. The cheesy gore effects are equally great fun, and then there's the presence of the hammily entertaining Christopher George (THE EXTERMINATOR) as the coach, George Michaels (yes, really). A dodgy musical interlude goes on FOREVER, and of course it wouldn't be a slasher film without the twist endings.

Director Herb Freed seems intent on making his film as sleazy as possible given the constraints of the day; his camera lovingly lingers on his actresses (including a young Linnea Quigley) as they strip off and inevitably find themselves murdered soon afterwards. Playing "guess the killer" is part of the fun. It might be cheap, shoddy and occasionally distasteful, but is GRADUATION DAY fun? The answer is a resounding yes!

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