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High School U.S.A. (TV Movie 1983) Poster

(1983 TV Movie)

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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.
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In a scene where Beth tells Jay-Jay that she just wants to be friends, Jay-Jay replies, "Like Wally and Lumpy... I'll pass." Tony Dow and Frank Bank, who played Wally and Lumpy in Leave It to Beaver (1957), also appear in the film.
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The cast is comprised of many former child stars. Tony Dow from Leave It to Beaver (1957) plays the principal. 'Angela Cartwright (I)' from Make Room for Daddy (1953) and Lost in Space (1965) plays a teacher, as does Dwayne Hickman from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959), and the school janitor is played by David Nelson, former star of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952).
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The film featured the first pairing of Michael J.Fox and Crispin Glover who would co-star in Back To The Future two years later. Glover playing similarly wimpy role and Fox being the strong willed character as they do in this film.
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Anthony Edwards who plays the king prep Beau Middleton in this film would play the opposite in the hit film, Revenge of the Nerds a year later playing Gilbert the ultimate super nerd opposite Robert Carradine which was a breakout hit for Twentieth Century-Fox.
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The first of three movies that the late Composer Miles Goodman would write the score for a Michael J. Fox film. The others were Poison Ivy (which also co-starred Nancy McKeon who's the co-star in this film) and the surprise hit, Teen Wolf.
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Michael J. Fox, Anthony Edwards and Crystal Bernard would go on to star in television series that would run for more than 7 seasons on NBC. Fox was the star of Family Ties, Edwards on E.R. and Bernard on Wings.
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Michael J.Fox and Nancy McKeon would co-star together in the TV movie, Poison Ivy a couple of years after this film aired on NBC.
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The film starred teen stars that were featured on hit shows or making their debuts that would lead to successful careers in both television and in film. They include: Michael J.Fox, who was on Family Ties and Spin City and would breakout theatrically with Back To The Future and Teen Wolf, Nancy McKeon was on The Facts of Life and worked with Fox again on the TV film, Poision Ivy, Anthony Edwards was in Fast Times At Ridgemont High and would breakout with Revenge of The Nerds and eventually, Michael Crichton's E.R., Dana Plato and Todd Bridges were the stars of Diff'rent Strokes, Crystal Bernard would star in Wings with Tim Daly and Steven Weber, Crispin Glover starred in Friday The 13th The Final Chapter and would work with Fox again on Back To The Future and Jonathan Gries would co-star in the hit series, Martin starring Martin Lawrence and also co-starred in Fright Night with Roddy McDowell and William Ragsdale and Get Shorty with John Travolta and Gene Hackman.
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The film features the stars of the hit series Gilligan's Island, Bob Denver, and Dawn Wells. The film also features Dwayne Hickman who co-starred with Denver on this series, Dobie Gillis. While Angela Cartwright starred in the cult classic series, Lost In Space and Tony Dow and Ken Osmond co-starred in Leave It To Beaver.
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