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Making the Grade (1984)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 18 May 1984 (USA)
A spoiled rich young man hires a young hustler, who lives in a broken car and owes money to a dicey loan shark, to take his place in his elite prep school and graduate for him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonna Lee ...
Tracey Hoover
Mr. Harriman
Dana Olsen ...
Dice (as Andrew Clay)
Blimp (as Daniel Schneider)
John Stevens ...
Mr. Hoover
Lucile Doan Ewing ...
Mrs. Hoover (as Lucille Ewing)
Patrice Watson ...
Moses Peace ...


Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow hires street-smart Eddie Keaton to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover Academy bully. When his bookie from the old neighborhood, Dice, comes to collect on Eddie's gambling debts and Palmer returns early from Europe, the the scheme slowly starts to unravel. Soon, Eddie can't even tell whose side he's really on. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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$1,760,856, 20 May 1984

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Did You Know?


Before the closing credits, the film informs you to "watch out" for a sequel coming soon. The producers intended to make a sequel titled "The Tourista" with Judd Nelson's character returning. But due to the poor performance at the box office they scrapped the idea. See more »


When Eddie is throwing rocks at his girlfriend's window, all of his dialogue is dubbed in as his lips don't move once, all while facing the camera. See more »


Caddy: Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like, yes it is! It's slicing toward the elm trees!
Palmer Woodrow: Who are you, Curt fucking Gowdy?
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Palmer and Eddie will return in Tourista Coming Soon See more »


Referenced in Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (1997) See more »


Written by David Powell (as Dave Powell)
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I love this movie.
30 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I love this movie man, judd nelson who never really took off after m,aking this film, is great in this as the street smart kid shaking up the establishment in old fashioned college.

The coach of the team is also very funny, and some of the lines are greatest that I have ever heard.

Watching this film takes me back to the 80's, its what teen comedies were all about, the absolutely awful 80's fashion, the hairstyles, the synth score that just is washed all over the film, I just love this stuff.

if you want to get back to your missed youth, and reminisce about the old days, get this, this essential 80's viewing that should be on the shelf with the breakfast club and all the rest, man I love this film.

If you guys haven't seen, find it and slot it into your DVD player and, sit back and enjoy.

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