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Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 July 1987 (USA)
A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denise Green (as Kelly Minter)
Principal Kelban (as Frank McCarthy)
Tom Troupe ...


A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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At Ocean Front High, what do they call a guy who cuts classes, hates homework, and lives for summer vacations? Teacher.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

22 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diversión en el colegio de verano  »

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$35,658,098 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The casting of Mark Harmon in the lead major role was the idea of director Carl Reiner. Reiner has said: "We originally discussed having a major comedian for the role. However Mark impressed me very much in the mini-series The Deliberate Stranger (1986) in which he portrayed convicted murderer Ted Bundy. When I saw him being interviewed on a news program, he was so personable and had such a winning smile that it was clear he would be well suited for the role of our gym-coach turned instructor. And he brings surprising depth to the character". See more »


When Ms. Bishop first sees that Pam is staying at Mr. Shoop's place, it is obviously daylight. When Mr. Shoop followers her outside, and Robin warns Freddy about the emotional damage that situation could do to Pam, it is nighttime. See more »


Principal Kelban: Field trips to the beach, drinking on the beach, a bed in your classroom, a screening of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1... quite a summer, Mr. Shoop.
Shoop: I tried to keep it interesting.
Phil Gills: I have his dismissal ready for your signature, sir.
Principal Kelban: Before I sign anything, I understand there are some people waiting to speak on Mr. Shoop's behalf.
Shoop: Really?
Principal Kelban: Come in.
[opens the door to Shoop's students and their parents and guardians]
Phil Gills: Mr. Kelban, you're not actually going to listen to these delinquents?
Principal Kelban: No, I'm going to...
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One cool movie
6 December 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is truly a blast from the past. The characters are funny and the plot is very interesting. Personally, the best character's are Dave and Chainsaw due to their "laid back" attitudes in the film. Mark Harmon also does a good job in his role. The movie is in the mid 80's but thats what makes it so interesting.If you have not seen the movie... go rent it, you just might enjoy it. Two thumbs wayyy up.

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