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Release Date:
16 October 1983 (USA) See more »
Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique. | Add synopsis »
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worth seeing for Crispin Glover & Michael Zorek See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael J. Fox ... Jay-Jay Manners (as Michael Fox)

Nancy McKeon ... Beth Franklin

Todd Bridges ... Otto Lipton

Angela Cartwright ... Miss D'Angelo

Bob Denver ... Milton Feld

Dwayne Hickman ... Mr. Plaza

Lauri Hendler ... Nadine

Dana Plato ... Cara Ames

Crystal Bernard ... Anne-Marie Conklin

Anthony Edwards ... Beau Middleton
Frank Bank ... Mr. Gerardi

Elinor Donahue ... Mrs. Franklin

Tony Dow ... Principal Pete Kinney

Steve Franken ... Dr. Fritz Hauptmann

David Nelson ... Mr. Krinsky, janitor

Ken Osmond ... Baxter Franklin

Dawn Wells ... Miss Lorilee Lee
Jon Caliri ... Jerry
David Packer ... Danny

Crispin Glover ... Archie Feld

Cathy Silvers ... Peggy

Jon Gries ... Dirty Curt (as Jonathan Gries)
Michael Zorek ... Chuckie Dipple
Tom Villard ... Crazy Leo Bandini

Barry Livingston ... Mr. Sirota
Kelly Ann Conn ... Swoozie
Robin Evans ... Girl #1
Kaley Ward ... Chris
Jerry Maren ... Robot
Danny Williams ... Clem Pickens
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathi Gibbs ... Cheerleader #1 (uncredited)

Jodi Carol Harrison ... Cheerleader#2 (uncredited)

Darryl Hickman ... (uncredited)

Sean O'Kane ... Footballer (uncredited)
Robert Parker ... Beau's Gang (uncredited)

John Richard Petersen ... Boy at Ferris Wheel (uncredited)
Michael Joseph Pierce ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Rod Amateau 
Writing credits
Alan Eisenstock (written by) &
Larry Mintz (written by)

Produced by
Robin S. Clark .... co-producer
Alan Eisenstock .... producer
Richard Freiman .... associate producer (as Richard Freeman)
Wolfgang Glattes .... co-producer
Leonard Hill .... executive producer
Philip Mandelker .... executive producer
Larry Mintz .... producer
Dori Weiss .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Tony Berg 
Miles Goodman 
Cinematography by
Jack Whitman (director of photography)
Hal Trussell (uncredited)
Film Editing by
John Cortland 
Casting by
Judith Weiner 
Art Direction by
George Costello 
Set Decoration by
Maria Caso 
Costume Design by
Dodie Shepard 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Fenton .... makeup artist (as Kathy Logan)
Linda McFee .... hairdresser
Robin L. Neal .... assistant makeup artist (as Robin Lynn Neal)
Candy L. Walken .... hair stylist (as Candy Ford-Walker)
Production Management
Robin S. Clark .... unit production manager
Ronald H. Gilbert .... executive in charge of production (as Ron Gilbert)
Wolfgang Glattes .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott U. Adam .... assistant director: second unit
Laura Andrus .... first assistant director
Sharon Mann .... second assistant director
Glenn R. Wilder .... second unit director (as Glenn Wilder)
Art Department
Jim Wagner .... property master
Bob Danyla .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cynthia C. Rebman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound effects editor
Mark Ulano .... sound mixer
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator (uncredited)
Steven Nevius .... cable person (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
Elizabeth A. Bardsley .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Davis .... key grip
Chuck Dawson .... gaffer
John Cluff .... grip (uncredited)
Andreas Crawford .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Steve Gilbert .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Alan Levin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Gregory Peters .... gaffer (uncredited)
Vance Trussell .... electrician (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William Goldenberg .... assistant editor (as Billy Goldenberg)
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Transportation Department
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Ron White .... transportation captain
Other crew
Lupe Amador .... assistant to executive producers
John Bick .... production assistant
Steven Brown .... production assistant
Marion Cronin .... script supervisor
Richard Franchot .... location manager (as Dick Franchot)
Ardythe Goergens .... production controller
Sallie Jo Houston .... assistant to executive producers
Patty Hughes .... production coordinator
David McKelvey .... production assistant
Nancy Ramey .... auditor
Bryan Spicer .... production assistant
Suzanne Waite .... production assistant

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

This was apparently a pilot for an NBC sitcom. The network envisioned stand-up comedian Joel Hodgson as one of the stars of the proposed series. Hodgson turned the offer down.See more »
Continuity: The Trans Am switches from a 1979-81 model to a base model 1973 Firebird when it enters the construction area and in a public park staircase (note the rear quarter panel, absence of a front fender vent, and the rear bumper (after the vehicle is crashed).See more »
Jay-Jay Manners:Do you know Beth Franklin?
Otto Lipton:Yeah. She's goin' out with Beau Middleton. So unless you got twenty-five million dollars and a lifetime supply of Brut, forget about it.
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Movie Connections:
References "Leave It to Beaver" (1957)See more »


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2 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
worth seeing for Crispin Glover & Michael Zorek, 16 June 2000
Author: Mike K. from Zuma Beach California

update 12/2/2002: OK just watched High School USA again for the first time since my review 12 years ago. It's still not a great film,but it is fun and i'll give it a break since its a TV movie. It's actually neat to see so many 80's TV actors in one place (and no less than 4 from Leave it to Beaver!). Not much of a story: rich,preppy A-hole (Edwards) has sweet,cute girlfriend (McKeon) that nice,funny normal guy (Fox) likes. Fox and Edwards make a bet on a car race that will somehow determine who is the coolest guy in school and most likely win over sweet girl McKeon. whatever. Crispin Glover actually has more screen time than anyone but Michael J Fox. Crispin & Michael Zorek provide most of the comedy as Fox's loser friends. I'll raise my movie review to a 6 and add another point for Glover/Zorek to make my final grade a 7.


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