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12 December 1986 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Janelle Brady ... Chrissy

Gil Brenton ... Warren (as Gilbert Brenton)
Robert Prichard ... Spike
Pat Ryan ... Mr. Finley (as R.L. Ryan)
James Nugent Vernon ... Eddie
Brad Dunker ... Gonzo
Gary Schneider ... Pete
Théo Cohan ... Muffey
Gary Rosenblatt ... Greg
Mary Taylor ... Judy
Rick Howard ... Spud
Lauren Heather McMahon ... Taru (as Heather McMahan)
Chris McNamee ... Joe

Anthony Ventola ... George
Arthur Lorenz ... Dewy
Donald O'Toole ... Mr. Westly
Seth Oliver Hawkins ... Lumpy
Lerae Dean ... Cathy
Reuben Guss ... Mr. Hyde
Jennifer Babtist ... Miss Stein (as Diana DeVries)
Lauraine Austin ... Mr. Austin
Dianna Flaherty ... Denise (as Dianna-Jean Flaherty)
Sloane Herz ... Tromaville Kiddies
Lily Hayes Kaufman ... Tromaville Kiddies (as Lilly Hayes Kaufman)
Don Costello ... Nuclear Worker
Frank Cole ... Mr. Flint
Sam Scardino ... Mr. Hansch
Barbara Ann Missbach ... Barbi
Andy Newton ... Beethoven
Skip Hamra ... Nuclear Worker in Basement
Donnie Reynolds ... Tom
Joe Severino ... Jimmy
Jeffrey Grossi ... Bill
Maezie Murphy ... Mrs. Crabtree

Rick Collins ... Ron Simms
Bob Schenck ... Harry
Belle Maria Wheat ... Mrs. Murphy
Libby Miller ... Mugged Woman

Ronald E. Giles ... Dr. Herz (as Ron Giles)
Donna Nardo ... Girl on Party Steps
Ann McCabe ... Westly's Secretary
Kitty Alson ... Gym Teacher
Thomas Feeney ... Orderly

Richard W. Haines ... Dr. Howard
Leonard Tepper ... Bald Teacher
Nicky Baker ... Bake Sale Person
Seth Kadish ... Bake Sale Person
Louise Edwards ... Bake Sale Person
Ava Kelly ... Bake Sale Person

Elizabeth Lambert ... Bake Sale Person (as Elizabeth [Locky] Lambert)
Gerald Willaidom ... Bake Sale Person
Gersa Arias ... Bake Sale Person
Glaurys Arias ... Bake Sale Person

Brian Quinn ... Monster
Erika Zatt ... Group at Party
Michael Popowitz ... Group at Party
Jon Kurtis ... Muscle Man
Virginia Kurtis ... Muscle Man's Chick
Kevin G. Shinnick ... Nuclear Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Bresnahan ... Kid at Party (uncredited)
Jeffrey Gish ... Bake Sale Person (uncredited)
Michael Herz ... Teacher (uncredited)
Kevin Schmidt ... Bob (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard W. Haines 
Lloyd Kaufman  (as Samuel Weil)
Writing credits
Richard W. Haines (screenplay) &
Mark Rudnitsky (screenplay) &
Lloyd Kaufman (screenplay) &
Stuart Strutin (screenplay)

Richard W. Haines (original story)

Graham Flashner (additional material written by)

Produced by
Michael Herz .... producer
Lloyd Kaufman .... producer
Stuart Strutin .... associate producer
James Treadwell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ethan Hurt 
Michael Lattanzi 
Cinematography by
Michael Mayers (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard W. Haines 
Casting by
Ann McCabe 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lorenz 
Art Skopinksy 
Makeup Department
Leslie Delano .... makeup assistant
Trish More .... makeup assistant (as Trish Moré)
Production Management
Eileen Nad Castaldi .... production supervisor
Sandra Byrd Curry .... production manager
Art Skopinsky .... post-production manager
Elizabeth Whitman .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ann McCabe .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tom Chichester .... sound editor
Mark Pancza .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Wilfred Caban .... pyrotechnician
Scott Coulter .... special effects makeup
Scott Coulter .... special effects
Kay Gelfman .... special effects supervisor
Tom Lauten .... animatronic creature construction
Tom Lauten .... animatronic creature designer
Brian Quinn .... special effects makeup
Brian Quinn .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Theo Pingarelli .... matte photographer
Theo Pingarelli .... special matte effects
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Gibson)
Andrew Newton .... stuntman
Camera and Electrical Department
Pamela Auditore .... gaffer
Alex Aurichio .... camera assistant: second unit
Donald Bialer .... grip: second unit (as Don Bialer)
Bonnie Blake .... camera assistant: second unit
Denise Brassard .... camera operator: second unit
Geb Byers .... assistant camera
Jim Grib .... associate director of photography
Jim Grib .... lighting director
Lloyd Kaufman .... camera operator
Marc Kroll .... lighting director
Leonard Marks .... gaffer: second unit
Michael Mayers .... camera operator (as Mike Mayers)
Andrew Newton .... assistant grip
Nelson Otero .... key grip
Theo Pingarelli .... camera operator: second unit
Chris Rotter .... grip: second unit
Craig Stockwell .... assistant grip
Victor Taplin .... camera assistant: second unit
Casting Department
Graham Flashner .... associate casting director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Michael Reefer .... assistant costume director (as John Reefer)
Ivy Rosovsky .... costume director
Editorial Department
Terry Brown .... post-production assistant
Brad Dunker .... assistant editor
Gordon Grinberg .... assistant editor
Ted Knighton .... assistant editor
Nilson Neuschotz .... apprentice editor
Alan J. Polyniak .... associate editor
Justin G. Rosenholtz .... post-production coordinator
James Nugent Vernon .... assistant editor
Music Department
David Barreto .... original songs
David Behennah .... original songs
Biohazard .... composer: nightmare music
Clive Burr .... original songs
Transportation Department
Nicholas Gregory .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cinde Berkowitz .... location manager
Carol Claverie .... production office coordinator
Burt Cohen .... accountant: nuclear
Thomas Feeney .... craft service
Debbie Fritz .... bookkeeper: nuclear
Dan Frye .... production apprentice (as Daniel Frye)
Maris Herz .... administrative executive
Michael Herz .... presents
Ira Kanarick .... accountant: nuclear
Charles Kaufman .... creative consultant: nuclear
Lloyd Kaufman .... presenter
Patricia Kaufman .... administrative executive (as Pat Swinney Kaufman)
Ruth Kaufman .... technician: nuclear
Stanley Kaufman .... attorney: nuclear
Susan Kaufman .... creative consultant: nuclear
Roger Kirby .... attorney: nuclear
Kim Meltzer .... craft service
Gary Moscowitz .... accountant: nuclear
Alan J. Polyniak .... production consultant
Milton Zeiberg .... attorney: nuclear
Dennis Souder .... special thanks

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85 min | Japan:96 min | Sweden:76 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (2014) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1998) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1992) | Finland:(Banned) (1987) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Italy:VM18 (tv rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Singapore:M18 | UK:18 | USA:R (MPAA rating) | West Germany:18
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The original title for the film was simply; 'Nuke 'Em High'. It was changed in hopes of people mistaking it for Class of 1984 (1982).See more »
Revealing mistakes: The ambulance that picks Chrissy up from the high school, though bringing her to local Tromaville Medical Center, clearly says MEDICAL CENTER Jersey City on the back doors.See more »
Spike:Time to die!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pot Zombies (2005) (V)See more »
AngelSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining trash, 17 November 2013
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

This movie opens with a shot of Manhattan Island and then never features New York for the rest of the running time. Much like this paragraph.

Nuke 'em High is a Tromaville hellhole populated by a diverse range of characters, some annoying, some funny. The Cretins (a punk gang in the vein of Griff Tannen's gang from BTTF Part II) have a deal with the neighboring nuclear power plant to deal toxic weed grown on the grounds. The sludge from the plant has already infected the school's water supply and is having a terrifying effect on the students. But the toxic weed causes horny feelings, speedy demon pregnancy, and sporadic superhuman powers (other students being completely unaffected by it is one of an infinity of logic errors).

Wholesome couple Chrissy and Warren, affected by the contamination and toxic weed, battle with the Cretins in a stupendously disjointed and senseless plot, but that's missing the point. Anyone watching a Troma film for serious art will no doubt be disappointed and confused. These movies barely hang together and were made by amateurs that make Ed Wood look like Orson Welles. The cinematography is wobbly and uncertain, the acting just about passable, the sound is barely audible, and for some reason generic 80s rock music plays in the distance during every single scene.

But it entertains. Class of Nuke 'em High may be trash of the lowest order, but it has a lot of energy, a lot of ideas (no matter how underdeveloped or misunderstood), crazy and interesting characters, is frequently intentionally funny, has mediocre-to-decent gore effects, has a gorgeous female lead in Janelle Brady (a sort of 80s Katherine Heigl, who has sadly massively deteriorated since then - missing and presumed dead in Las Vegas), and is never once boring.

If that is all the movie sets out to do then does that make it a huge success? It led to a sequel and a spin-off - so yes?

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