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Back to School -- In order to encourage his freshman son, an uneducated, self-made millionaire enrolls in college.

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Director:
Writers:
Rodney Dangerfield (story) &
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Release Date:
13 June 1986 (USA) See more »
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Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.
Plot:
To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rodney Dangerfield ... Thornton Melon

Sally Kellerman ... Dr. Diane Turner

Burt Young ... Lou

Keith Gordon ... Jason Melon

Robert Downey Jr. ... Derek Lutz

Paxton Whitehead ... Dr. Phillip Barbay

Terry Farrell ... Valerie Desmond

M. Emmet Walsh ... Coach Turnbull

Adrienne Barbeau ... Vanessa

William Zabka ... Chas

Ned Beatty ... Dean David Martin
Severn Darden ... Dr. Borozini

Sam Kinison ... Professor Terguson

Robert Picardo ... Giorgio
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... Himself

Edie McClurg ... Marge Sweetwater
Sarah Abrell ... Sorority Girl
Dana Allison ... Young Woman
Boris Aplon ... Tony Meloni
Nora Boland ... Agnes

Kimberlin Brown ... Girl in Dorm Hallway
Lisa Denton ... Lisa
Bob Drew ... Contractor
Holly Hayes ... Girl in the Crowd

Jason Hervey ... Young Thornton

Leslie Scarborough ... Coed #1 (as Leslie Huntly)
James Ingersoll ... Judge

Michael McGrady ... Player #1
Santos Morales ... Bartender
Beth Peters ... Mrs. Stuyvesant
Phil Rubenstein ... Executive #1

Timothy Stack ... Trendy Man
Steve Sweeney ... Security Guard
Stacey Toten ... Hot Tub Girl

John William Young ... Executive #2 (as John Young)
Brad Zutaut ... Petey
Josh Saylor ... Student in Diane's Class
William Grauer ... Drunken Student
Kristen Aldrich ... Girl in Diane's Class

Becky LeBeau ... Bubbles the Hot Tub Girl (as Beck LeBeau)
Tricia Hill ... Lisa's Friend
Jill D. Merin ... Girl at Dorm Party
John William James ... Man in Stands (as John James)
Eric Alver ... Student at Fraternity Party
Theresa Lyons ... Cashier
Dallas Winkler ... Rodettes
Lisa Montgomery ... Rodettes (as Lisa Le Cover)
Kimberlee Carlson ... Rodettes
Curtis Stone ... Twist & Shout Band Member
Michael Reid ... Twist & Shout Band Member
Cactus Moser ... Twist & Shout Band Member
Brian O'Dougherty ... Twist & Shout Band Member
Davey Faragher ... Twist & Shout Band Member
Cliffie Stone ... Twist & Shout Band Member

Danny Elfman ... Oingo Boingo Band Member
Leon Schneiderman ... Oingo Boingo Band Member
Steve Bartek ... Oingo Boingo Band Member (as Steven Bartek)
Dale Turner ... Oingo Boingo Band Member
Johnny 'Vatos' Hernandez ... Oingo Boingo Band Member (as John Hernandez)
John Avila ... Oingo Boingo Band Member
Sam Phipps ... Oingo Boingo Band Member
Mike Bacich ... Oingo Boingo Band Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oingo Boingo ... Themselves

David Blatt ... Graduating student (uncredited)

Jacqi Bowe ... Dancer (uncredited)

J. Cynthia Brooks ... Girl in jacuzzi (uncredited)

Shannon Dunn ... Girl (uncredited)

Gardner Grout ... Economics Student (uncredited)
Randi Randolph ... Hot Tub Girl #2 (uncredited)

Tracy M. Walker ... Student (uncredited)
Scott Wilder ... Football Player #2 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alan Metter 
 
Writing credits
Rodney Dangerfield (story) &
Greg Fields (story) &
Dennis Snee (story)

Steven Kampmann (screenplay) &
William Porter (screenplay) (as Will Porter) and
Pj Torokvei (screenplay) &
Harold Ramis (screenplay)

Rich Eustis  uncredited

Produced by
Estelle Endler .... executive producer
Michael Endler .... executive producer
Harold Ramis .... executive producer
Chuck Russell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas E. Ackerman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Rawlins 
 
Casting by
Caro Jones 
Melissa Skoff 
 
Production Design by
David L. Snyder 
 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna  (as Linda De Scenna)
 
Costume Design by
Durinda Wood 
 
Makeup Department
Hallie D'Amore .... head makeup artist
Donna Barrett Gilbert .... key hair stylist
Janna Phillips .... assistant makeup artist (as Janna Barbara Phillips)
 
Production Management
Chuck Russell .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dustin Bernard .... second second assistant director
Robert P. Cohen .... first assistant director
Steve Cohen .... second assistant director
Michael Looney .... second assistant director: second unit
David Rawlins .... second unit director
Jerry Sobul .... first assistant director: second unit (as Jerald B. Sobul)
 
Art Department
David Aaron .... assistant props
Stan Ascough .... property master: second unit (as Stanley Ascough)
Carlos Burbano .... greensman
Greg John Callas .... propmaker foreman (as Greg Callas)
Steve Callas .... propmaker foreman
Bruce J. Gfeller .... construction coordinator
Dick Girod .... paint foreman
Steven Curtis Husch .... set dresser (as Steve Husch)
Scott L. London .... assistant property master
Tom McCown .... set dresser
Ric McElvin .... leadman
Margie Stone McShirley .... assistant art director (as Marjorie Stone McShirley)
David Q. Quick .... property master (as David Quick)
David Russell .... production illustrator
Edmund Silkaitis .... set designer
Mike Wells .... propmaker
 
Sound Department
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley walker (as Vanessa Ament)
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer: dialogue (as Gary Bourgeois)
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Neil Burrow .... sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Melinda Cooke .... apprentice sound editor
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
Mark Gordon .... sound editor (as Mark S. Gordon)
Hilda Hodges .... foley walker
Fred Judkins .... supervising sound editor
James J. Klinger .... sound editor
James Matheny .... sound editor (as Jim Matheny)
Tom C. McCarthy .... supervising sound editor (as Tom McCarthy)
Bill Nelson .... sound mixer (as William Nelson)
Mychal Smith .... cable person
Jules Strasser .... boom operator
Don S. Walden .... sound editor
Burton Weinstein .... adr editor
 
Special Effects by
Michael Lantieri .... special effects supervisor
Tim Moran .... assistant special effects (as Timothy J. Moran)
 
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
 
Stunts
Pete Antico .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (as Gregory Barnett)
Todd Bryant .... stunts
Dana Burgess .... stunt diver: Tandem
Hal Burton .... stunts (as Harold Burton)
John Casino .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts (as Justin De Rosa)
David Draves .... stunt diver
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Gary Epper .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunts
Carlos A. Herzer .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts
Hugh Hooker .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Mark Lindout .... stunt diver
Jim Mantrell .... stunt diver: A.E. #1
Anderson Martin .... stunts
Abbe Masel .... stunt diver: Tandem
Don Charles McGovern .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts (as John C. Meier)
William Oliver .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Mike Ostavich .... stunt diver
Manny Perry .... stunts
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Steve Picerni .... stunts (as Steven Picerni)
Carol Rees .... stunts
Cyndi Lee Rice .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Dan Walter .... stunt diver: A.E. #2
Dean Wein .... stunts
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator
Bruce Comtois .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... camera operator: second unit (as James Anderson)
Laurin Benson .... grip
Michael W. Blymyer .... lighting technician (as Michael W. Blymer)
Dan Delgado .... best boy electric
Jeff Goldenberg .... second assistant camera
Allan Gornick Jr. .... underwater camera operator: second unit (as Alan Gornick Jr.)
Allan Gornick Jr. .... underwater cinematographer
Danny Jimenez .... dolly grip: second unit (as Daniel Jimenez)
Lee Jimenez .... grip
Manny Jimenez .... best boy grip (as Manuel Jimenez II)
Douglas Knapp .... camera operator (as Douglas H. Knapp)
Michael Laws .... lighting technician (as Michael J. Laws)
Jeffrey S. Leader .... first assistant camera: second unit
To Lee .... second assistant camera
Michael Liakos .... grip: second unit
Frederick Moore .... director of photography: second unit
David L. Parrish .... first assistant camera (as David Parrish)
Mark Pearson .... grip
Ted Rhodes .... key grip
Michael G. Riba .... camera technician: second unit (as Michael Riba)
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Ward Russell .... gaffer
Michael Salts .... grip
Jeff Stanman .... lighting technician
Dennis Wehr .... lighting technician
Kurt Young .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
Karen Standard .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Ampon .... costumer: women
Ellis Cohen .... costume supervisor
Janet Stout .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... apprentice editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Darren T. Holmes .... assistant editor (as Darren Holmes)
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Neil Brody .... music editor
Lennie Niehaus .... conductor
Linda Goldner Perry .... music supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Richard Wolf .... composer: theme music
 
Transportation Department
Michael McDuffee .... transportation coordinator
Richard Padgett .... transportation co-captain (as Dick Padgett)
Tim Roslan .... transportation co-captain (as Timothy Roslan)
 
Other crew
Julia Alexander .... technical advisor: diving
Alicia Anthony .... post-production auditor
Bonnie Belknap .... food stylist
Jean Claude Bonnardot .... production assistant
Doug Burdinski .... production controller (as Douglas Burdinski)
Jean E. Chapman .... first aid (as Jean Chapman)
Dan Curry .... title designer: main title sequence
Rachel Friedman .... assistant to producer
Mark C. Grech .... craft service
Phyllis Levin .... first aid (as Phyllis A. Levin)
Kathy Lymberopoulos .... production associate
Kenneth Mancebo .... pre-production accountant
Cass Martin .... location manager
Mary McLaglen .... production coordinator
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer
Katherine Ann Moore .... unit publicist
Sharon Morov .... production secretary
Mary Ann Newfield .... script supervisor: second unit
Joseph M. O'Har .... location manager
Pam O'Har .... location manager
Lori O'Konek .... production secretary: Madison
Judy Rosenthal .... script supervisor
Melanie Roy .... production assistant
Margaret Scarpello .... production accountant
Esther Vivante .... script supervisor
William Watts .... production assistant
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Ken Rudolph .... title designer: main title sequence (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Estelle Endler .... dedicatee (as Estelle)
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Color:
Black and White (prologue) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
A menu item at the Tex-Mex restaurant Moe's Southwest Grill is called "The Triple Lindy" in honor of the dive Melon did.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Valerie and Chas arrive at the caveman party, the saber-tooth teeth on Valerie's necklace are all pointing outward as normal. In her closeup when she says "Jason said it would be great", the teeth on her left are pointed inward toward her chest. They then return to facing out in the next shot.See more »
Quotes:
Thornton Melon:The football team at my high school, they were tough. After they sacked the quarterback, they went after his family.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Dead Man's PartySee more »

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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Revenge of the 80's:The reinvention of Rodney Dangerfield continues.., 25 January 2005

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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