Hard Knox (1984)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  13 January 1984 (USA)
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A retired fighter pilot becomes the head of his alma matter military high school for two weeks with hilarious consequences. He shapes up the school and raises morale so that they are able ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Joe Knox
Thomas 'Top' Tuttle
Marilyn Cole
Gen. Garfield
Maj. Benjamin Garfield
Lela Stallings
Stephen Caffrey ...
Gary Pascoe
Eric Shaner
Frank Howard ...
David Ambrose
Jeff Bridley
Frankie Tyrone
David Saunders ...
Bobby Sayers
Aaron Davis
Kathleen Sisk ...
Jessi Richards
Alex Stirling ...


A retired fighter pilot becomes the head of his alma matter military high school for two weeks with hilarious consequences. He shapes up the school and raises morale so that they are able to win the "brass-axe" competition versus another local military academy. Written by Anonymous

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13 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Coronel Knox  »

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The movie was shot in Mount Carroll, Illinois. That campus is now the home of the Campbell Center for Historical Preservation that educates museum curators from around the world. See more »


When he is in his screen mom's car, actor Shane Conrad's hair is parted on his left and the left side of his shirt buttons over the right side (at around 4 mins), but as he is watches her drive off (from 15:10 to 15:25), the frames are flipped with his hair parted on his right and the right side of his shirt buttoned over the left side. Later, both the part in his hair and the buttoning of his shirt switch back (at around 39 mins). See more »


Thomas 'Top' Tuttle: What are you doing, Cadet Captain Pesco?
Gary Pascoe: Teaching the cadets to march, sir!
Thomas 'Top' Tuttle: No no no no no no... That isn't what you're doing. 31 years in the Marine corps, I know what marching is and this. is NOT. MARCHING! God in Heaven may know what you people are doing, but *I* do NOT!
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A retired Air Force colonel who takes himself way too seriously becomes dean of a co-ed military academy, followed by 90 straight minutes of every possible movie cliché.
13 May 2005 | by (Boston, Mass.) – See all my reviews

"Hard Knox" is quite possibly the worst movie ever made, and I mean that as a serious compliment. Too many bad movies have some kind of redeeming quality to them -- an occasional funny line, a genuine moment of drama or romance or horror -- which makes them wholly unremarkable movies.

Fortunately, Hard Knox has none of those. The entire dialog and plot consists of one bad cliché after another. If these two-dimensional characters were any flatter, they'd be invisible. About 95% of the movie takes place in one setting -- the military academy -- so sadly, there's no bonus points for exceptionally bad special effects, but the dialog is so divorced from anything that would ever be uttered in reality, it easily makes up for it.

If you're the kind of viewer who enjoys really bad movies, I'd highly recommend dragging out the bong and throwing this bad boy on. But if you have a low tolerance of absolute sh*t, well, you'll probably never stumble across this movie anyways.

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