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Release Date:
14 November 1985 (West Germany) See more »
It's not just a man's world anymore.
Scrappy, willful, and fiercely self-reliant spitfire hoyden automobile mechanic Tomasina 'Tommy' Boyd... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Betsy Russell ... Tomasina 'Tomboy' Boyd

Gerard Christopher ... Randy Starr
Kristi Somers ... Seville Ritz

Richard Erdman ... Chester
Philip Sterling ... Earl Delarue

Eric Douglas ... Ernie Leeds Jr

Paul Gunning ... Frankie
Toby Iland ... Harold
E. Danny Murphy ... Pimples
Rory Barish ... Jennifer
Cynthia Thompson ... Amanda (as Cynthia Ann Thompson)
Cory Hawkins ... Carlos
Shane McCabe ... Goodley
Aaron Butler ... Tod

Dennis Hayden ... Bartender
Danna Garen ... Girl in Hall
Alicia Hollinger ... Girl at Party
Carey Shearer ... Lanky Kid
Jacqueline Jacobs ... Wilde Abandon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Bauer ... Woman in Corvette (uncredited)
Brian Jennings ... Pit Crew Chief (uncredited)

Directed by
Herb Freed 
Writing credits
Ben Zelig (written by)

Produced by
Michael D. Castle .... co-producer
Marilyn Jacobs Tenser .... producer
Mark Tenser .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michael Lloyd 
Cinematography by
Daniel Yarussi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard E. Westover 
Casting by
Tom Stockfisch 
Art Direction by
Randy Ser 
Costume Design by
Kristin Nelson 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... makeup assistant (as John Blake Dutro)
Christa Reusch .... makeup artist
Windy Tamkin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Steven J. Wolfe .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robin Jones .... second assistant director
Stephen Mann .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steve Budde .... construction coordinator
Doris Kwok .... graphic artist
Mark Luine .... property master
Escott O. Norton .... prop fabricator (as Escott Norton)
C.J. Strawn .... assistant art director
Mick Strawn .... construction coordinator
Brian E. West .... set dresser
Sound Department
Barry Bookin .... boom operator
Bayard Carey .... additional boom operator (as James Bayard Carey)
Dale Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Allen L. Stone .... sound re-recording mixer
James Thornton .... sound mixer
John Alden .... stunt player (as John F. Alden)
Roydon Clark .... stunt player
Everett Creach .... stunt player (as Everett L. Creach)
Debbie Evans .... stunt player (as Debbie J. Evans)
Dana Dru Evenson .... stunt player (as Dana Evenson)
Eddie Hice .... stunt player (as Edward L. Hice)
Paul M. Lane .... stunt player
William T. Lane .... stunt player
James Winburn .... stunt coordinator (as Jim Winburn)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Allen .... additional assistant camera: second unit
Anthony J. Bledsoe .... first assistant camera: second unit
John Buckley .... additional gaffer
Mark Shane Davis .... best boy electrician
Mark Shane Davis .... key grip: second unit
John L. Demps Jr. .... electrician
John Doherty .... best boy electrician
John Doherty .... gaffer: second unit
Ed Dye .... additional grip
Brad Einhorn .... still photographer
Bryan England .... director of photography: second unit
Robert Fischer .... key grip
Dennis Grow .... gaffer
Joseph Gutt .... first assistant camera
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Paul McIlvaine .... second assistant camera: second unit
David G. Overby .... second assistant camera
Robie Price .... best boy grip
Jim Reese .... additional grip (as James M. Reese)
Thomas E. Slocum .... grip
Casting Department
Margaret Dillon .... extra casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elaine Levi .... costume supervisor
Bonnie Sinclair .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Bob Bowman .... assistant editor
Ed Fitzgerald .... apprentice editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Music Department
Michael Lloyd .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Glenn Richard Côté .... production assistant (as Glenn R. Cote)
Marc S. Fischer .... production controller
Christopher Gaw .... production assistant
Bill Goodson .... choreographer
Chris Jason .... basketball coordinator
Geoffry Kieran .... production assistant (as Geoffrey Kieran)
Thomas H. Kirk .... location manager
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Dino Parks .... production assistant
Krystoff Przykucki .... production assistant
Kaori Terri Takakuwa .... production coordinator
Mike Topoozian .... production assistant
Peter W. Frey .... special thanks

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:R (Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (re-rating) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:12

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Kristi Somers wore her own dress in this film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: The naked man Tommy encounters has tape visible on his lower abdomen, which is apparently being used to cover his genitals.See more »


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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Another 80's teen flick, yay!, 24 August 2002
Author: BlackJack_B

Betsy Russell, the 80's B-film queen who provided two of the only three reasons that Private School is worth seeing (Michael Zorek is the other) is miscast as Tomasina "Tommy" Boyd, a young woman who works as a mechanic and dreams of being a stock car driver and meeting her idol Randy Starr. She is also the tomboy of the film, who acts like a jock with her love of athletics than the usual girl things, unlike her friends.

Once again, this is an 80's film, so get ready for the requisites of the best decade of the 20th century. You'll see an aerobic style dancing display, shower scenes, a party, feathered hair, horrible fashions, music in the background almost half the time, etc. At least it's easier to take than the cheeziness you'll see in teen-pop videos, but it's cheddar all the way.

Betsy Russell, even with the Joel Polnochek hairstyle, just can't play a realistic tomboy. She's a gorgeous looking woman. Granted, I may be stereotyping here, but she's not the type who conveys it properly. I'd say that Drew, Lucy, and Cameron of "Charlie's Angels" fame are more "tomboyish".

While nothing more than poor, there are a few good scenes, such as the silly donut commercial that Tommy's friend Seville does, a scene where Tommy eyes her Randy Starr poster and the camera pans it down to a certain area. Also, if the makers of Gran Turismo are reading this, please put the cars featured in this movie in your next game, they rock. I'd love to drive one of those instead of a $2,000,000 F1. Otherwise, pass!

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