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Back to School (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 13 June 1986 (USA)
To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

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Millionaire businessman Thornton Melon is upset when his son Jason announces that he is not sure about going to college. Thornton insists that college is the best thing he never had for himself, and to prove his point, he agrees to enroll in school along with his son. Thornton is a big hit on campus: always throwing the biggest parties, knowing all the right people, but is this the way to pass college? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$91,258,000 (USA)
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During the scene where Thorton is in Professor Turgeson's history class and where Turgeson picks up the desk and throws it across the room while yelling at Thornton, if you look really closely you can see that Rodney Dangerfield is laughing while Sam Kinison is yelling at him trying to get him to answer the question about the Korea conflict. This take was ultimately left in the movie because Dangerfield had such a hard time keeping a straight face during his scene with Kinison, that it took so many tries for him to not laugh, and eventually Alan Metter decided to leave him laughing from a far distance in the final cut. See more »

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While there is a clear diving double for Rodney Dangerfield, there is too big of a difference to be accidental, it is clearly a joke. See more »

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Dean Martin: [Barbay has arrived at the groundbreaking of the new Melon School of Business] Ah, Phillip... so glad you could make it. Mr. Melon, this is Dr. Phillip Barbay. He's the dean of our new Melon School of Business.
Dr. Phillip Barbay: [Thornton extends his hand, Barbay refuses it and takes Martin aside] David, I just want to get it on record that I am totally against this. I don't think that selling admission to an obviously unqualified student is either ethical or honorable.
Dean Martin: Uh, right... Phil. In Mr. Melon's defense, ...
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I'll Never Forget Your Face
Written by Richard Wolf & Wayne Perkins
Produced by Richard Wolf
Performed by Phillip Ingram
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Revenge of the 80's:The reinvention of Rodney Dangerfield continues..
25 January 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Back to School (1986) was a surprise hit for stand up comedian actor Rodeny Dangerfield. After making a big impression with audiences with his spot in the golf comedy Caddyshack and a lead role in Easy Money, his star was slowly rising. But it was this film that cemented his spot in American pop culture as a true icon of the 80's and a transition star.

Rodney stars as Thorton Melon (nee Meloni) a successful entrepreneur who had to drop out of school when he was younger to take care of the family business. Years later his son is in college but feel dissatisfied with life in general. After a series of comical events, Mr. Melon decides to visit his son's exclusive university to see how he's really doing. Along the way he decides to give book learning a try.

A very enjoyable film. Rodney Dangerfield made the transaction from a stand-up act to an actor. The director wisely let him improvise his dialog and work in some of his material into the movie. The cast features Sally Kellerman, Robert Downey Jr., Keith Gordon, Burt Young, Terry Farrell and guest star slots for Adrienne Barbeau and Ned Beatty.

Not a masterpiece by any means but an enjoyable film none the less. Recommended, especially on a slow Sunday afternoon.


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