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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 ...
Dana Olsen ...
Scott McGinnis ...
Dice (as Andrew Clay)
Blimp (as Daniel Schneider)
John Stevens ...
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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18 May 1984 (USA)  »

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The Last American Preppy  »

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Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen)'s credo was: "I'm rich, I don't have to be nice". See more »


When Eddie/Palmer is finishing his breakdance moves at the mixer, his spin finishes with his left leg over his right and in the next scene, his right leg is over his left. See more »


Palmer Woodrow: What do you recommend?
Caddy: Lessons.
Palmer Woodrow: I meant what club, wise-ass?
Caddy: Aah, if I were you, I'd stick to kicking.
Palmer Woodrow: If you were me, you wouldn't be a caddy.
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Palmer and Eddie will return in Tourista Coming Soon See more »


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If you are a Judd Nelson fan....
3 September 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

If any of you remember John Bender from The Breakfast Club, then Eddie Keaton of Making the Grade will seem familiar. They are similar, except that John Bender has more depth. Making the Grade is a silly, sometimes funny, parody of the "Preppy" Lifestyle. It makes fun of everything from wearing no socks, to the bright, peppy colors. It's an all around funny movie. This is Judd's first movie, and I recommend it to all of you who enjoy his work. For those of you who don't, I suggest you watch it anyway, and make an opinion for yourself...! *+*Anna*+*

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