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Class of 1984 (1982) Poster

(1982)

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Some theaters showed the film on double bill with 'The Road Warrior (1981)'.
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Shot in 45 days.
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Director Mark L. Lester calls this his best film.
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The concerto that Stegman plays in the classroom was written by Timothy Van Patten himself.
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Director Mark L. Lester cited 'Clockwork Orange (1971)' as the films biggest influence.
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Director Mark L. Lester felt the scene where Corrigan holds the class at gunpoint was so pivotal to the film that he set aside two days to film that scene alone. Lester says it remains his favorite scene in the film.
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Roddy McDowall actually drove the car in the scene where Corrigan goes crazy and attempts to run down Stegman's gang. The camera was mounted on the hood as McDowall drove the vehicle crazily down the street.
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Mark L. Lester said the film was inspired by several true stories of school violence he had read about in papers. In particular was a story of a teacher who brought a gun to class to control his students - the scene ended up in the film.
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According to Mark L. Lester Perry King was the first and only actor considered for the role of Andrew Norris.
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Real dead animals were used for the scene where the school finds Corrigan's lab animals killed. The smell of the room they were placed in was so overwhelming that most of the actors wouldn't enter the room.
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The only set built for the film was the auto shop where Norris fights Barnyard in the finale, the rest of the film was shot all on locations.
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Due to the films violent content Lester had a difficult time getting a US distributor for the film, though overseas numerous distributors bought the film and made it quite successful abroad.
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In the final scene, where Stegman is hanging on a rope above the orchestra, he says he will change his ways and Andy offers his hand. In one version, Stegman looks to cut himself loose from Norris and falls. However, during a screening, a distributor wanted to see Stegman get his. So after the screening, Mark L. Lester and Perry King did a quick shot of Norris reacting to Stegman's bold move with King looking back in disgust and punching at the camera.
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Al Waxman's dialog to Perry King in the film was taken word-for-word from an actual policeman while Mark L. Lester was researching for the film.
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The ratings board threatened the original cut of the film with an X rating, so it had to be cut down. The rape scene and table saw-death scene in particular had to be edited for an R rating.
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A real high school orchestra was used for Mr. Norris' band.
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The punk kids at the club were actual slam dancers called in for the film. Shooting of the scene got quite out of hand though as the crowd got rowdy and some actors were hurt during filming.
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The police station used in this film was also used in the film 'Black Christmas (1974)'.
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Upset at the violent content after a screening, screenwriter Barry Schneider had his name taken off the credits as a screenwriter of the final film.
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Much of the graffiti the art director put on the walls of the school for filming was extremely difficult to remove. It caused some trouble when the actual students of the high school used in the film returned to see all of the profanity left on the walls. Ultimately it was all removed though.
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The movie that Stegman watches on TV at home is 'Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976)', an earlier film from director Mark L. Lester.
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Nearly every shot of Timothy Van Patten is done from a low angle, to make him more threatening.
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Director of photography Albert J. Dunk was hired by Mark L. Lester after Lester saw his work in the film 'Incubus (1981)'.
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Dennis Weaver was originally offered the role of Terry Corrigan but turned it down as being too violent.
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All the teen extras were hand-picked for their inner-city appearances.
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