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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.
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mark Harmon ... Freddy Shoop

Kirstie Alley ... Ms. Robin Elizabeth Bishop

Robin Thomas Grossman ... Vice Principal Phil Gills (as Robin Thomas)

Patrick Labyorteaux ... Kevin Winchester

Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Pam House

Dean Cameron ... Francis 'Chainsaw' Gremp

Gary Riley ... Dave Frazier

Kelly Jo Minter ... Denise Green (as Kelly Minter)

Ken Olandt ... Larry Kazamias

Shawnee Smith ... Rhonda Altobello

Richard Steven Horvitz ... Alan Eakian

Fabiana Udenio ... Anna-Maria Mazarelli

Francis X. McCarthy ... Principal Kelban (as Frank McCarthy)
Tom Troupe ... Judge

Lucy Lee Flippin ... Substitute Teacher - Ms. Cura
Amy Stock-Poynton ... Kim (as Amy Stock)
Beau Starr ... Mr. Gremp

Laura Waterbury ... Mrs. Gremp
Robin Kaufman ... Chainsaw's Sister
Dottie Archibald ... Mrs. Frazier
Patricia Conklin ... Mrs. Kazimias
Vivian Bonnell ... Mrs. Green
Judy Heinz ... Mrs. Altobello
Michael MacRae ... Mr. Winchester

Carl Reiner ... Mr. Dearadorian
Lillian Adams ... Grandma Eakian
Duane Davis ... Jerome Watkins
David Wakefield ... Scuzzy Kid

Conroy Gedeon ... Mr. Winnick
Bill Capizzi ... Security Guard
Andrea Howard ... Woman at Strip Joint

Dee Dee Rescher ... Woman at Strip Joint

Christopher Kriesa ... Beach Cop

Carlos Lacamara ... Beach Cop
Jeff Silverman ... Examiner

Thomas Ryan ... Examiner
Judy Nagy ... Nurse
Darwyn Swalve ... Scary Inmate
Prince Hughes ... Scary Inmate
Courtney Gebhart ... Surfer Girl
Terry Logan ... Cop at Police Station
Nels Van Patten ... Tommy
Leigh French ... Student

Jack Blessing ... Student
Gigi Vorgan ... Student

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Student
John Stark ... Student
Susan Elliott ... Student
Lora Staley ... Student
Laurie Faso ... Student
Brian Stevens ... Student

Gary Imhoff ... Student
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sara-Beth Lima ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Reiner 
Writing credits
Stuart Birnbaum (story) &
David Dashev (story) and
Jeff Franklin (story)

Jeff Franklin (screenplay)

Produced by
Jeff Franklin .... associate producer
Jeff Franklin .... producer
George Shapiro .... producer
Marc Trabulus .... executive producer
Howard West .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh 
Film Editing by
Bud Molin 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
Production Design by
David L. Snyder 
Art Direction by
Joe Wood 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna 
Makeup Department
Judith A. Cory .... hair stylist (as Judy Cory)
Carolyn Ferguson .... additional hair stylist
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist
Greg Nelson .... additional makeup artist
Norman Cabrera .... special makeup effects: Boris Inc (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Roe .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Dillon .... second assistant director
Marty P. Ewing .... first assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Nilo Otero .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Glenn Forbes .... assistant property master
Steven M. Levine .... property master
Ric McElvin .... lead person
Donn Piller .... set dresser
John Warnke .... set designer
Walter Zingelewicz .... paint foreperson
Sound Department
Juno J. Ellis .... supervising adr editor
Daniel F. Finnerty .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Fortune .... sound editor
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Timothy A. Hoggatt .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Howard .... supervising sound editor
David M. Ice .... sound editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... supervising sound editor (as Joey Ippolito)
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Joe Kenworthy .... sound mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Victoria Martin .... foley editor
James Thompson .... cable person (as Jim Thompson)
George Watters II .... sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects foreman (as Richard Helmer)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Alarian .... chief lighting technician
Martin G. Beazell .... second assistant camera (as Marty Beazell)
Danny Boldroff .... dolly grip (as Dan Boldroff)
Marty Carrillo .... electrician
Robert Edesa .... camera operator (as Bob Edesa)
Carlos M. Gallardo .... grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
Joe Hughes .... electrician
Mike Jones .... grip
Hugh Langtry .... second company grip (as Hugh Langtree)
Donald Lewis .... electrician (as Don Lewis)
Richard Moran .... first company grip
Michael Nash .... first assistant camera (as Mike Nash)
Fred Sabine .... still photographer
Robert Wilhoit .... assistant chief lighting technician
Nick Woolfolk .... electrician (as Nicky Woolfolk)
Casting Department
Donna B. Anderson .... casting assistant (as Donna Anderson)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Bales .... wardrobe supervisor: women
Ann Culotta .... costumer
Robert Iannaccone .... costumer (as Bob Iannaccone)
Ray Summers .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Stephen R. Myers .... assistant editor (as Stephen Myers)
Lucas Reiner .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Dan Garde .... music editor (as Dan C. Garde)
Joel Moss .... score mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Fritz Braden .... transportation coordinator
Robert D. Mayne .... transportation captain (as Bob Mayne)
Other crew
Diane Barnett .... assistant to producers
Kevin Barry .... production assistant
Linda Brachman .... production assistant
Kevin Richard Buxbaum .... assistant production auditor
Dan Curry .... title designer
Ron Eisenman .... first aid
Tony Fields .... choreographer
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Ed Jones .... craft service
Jan Kemper .... script supervisor
Donna Langley .... production secretary
Morgan Moore .... unit publicist (as Morgan B. Moore)
Judy Nagy .... assistant: Mr. Reiner
David Salven Jr. .... location manager
Roger Schumacher .... animal trainer
Tony Schwartz .... production assistant
Janet Lee Siegel .... production coordinator
David Sorensen .... production assistant
Robert Thorson .... production auditor (as Robert Cecil Thorson)
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Hawaiian shirt that Mark Harmon wears is the same exact Duke Kahanamoku model Montgomery Clift wears in "From Here To Eternity."See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Rhonda stands up during first roll call and pats her pregnant stomach, the echo of the ball under her shirt is audible.See more »
Shoop:Your teacher was arrested for giving vodka to students.
Dave:You went to jail for us?
Shoop:On roller skates.
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Welcome to remedial English., 8 April 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

Summer School is not your typical Carl Reiner film because it doesn't contain much of the ridiculous stupid-comedy you'd find from say, The Cheap Detective or Fatal Instinct. But Reiner presents a nice film, and a fantastic 80s movie, even if he doesn't stick to his formula.

Summer is approaching at a California high school. Gym teacher, Freddie Shoop, a laid-back surfer type, has the misfortune of having to teach summer school remedial English. He has no choice, as he is up for tenure. Says Shoop, pleading to get out of the dreaded responsibility of having to spend summer in a classroom rather than in Hawaii, "I'm not a real teacher. I had out basketballs, check for jock straps. I'm like real challenged."

And Harmon's students don't help to add any enthusiasm. Many are underachievers who are just as interested in finding more interesting ways to spend their time. It starts out with nothing but good times as Shoop and his class ditch school for fieldtrips to the beach, the petting zoo, and the amusement park. But, Shoop, threatened to be fired after the Vince Principal Gillis (Robin Thomas) learns of this. Desperate to keep Gillis from telling the Principal when he returns from vacation, Shoop bargains with Gillis that he will get every student in his class to pass the English skills test at the end of the term. This isn't going to be easy with a class like Shoop's. It isn't that they're dumb. It's just that they're not interested. It's the summer and summer means good times. So, Shoop, already good with bargaining at this point, must also strike deals with each of his students, who promise to help Shoop fullfill his promise to Gillis, if Shoop grants each of them a favor in return. And this is where the fun begins as Shoop clearly gets in way over his head.

This movie is great because of the various characters. Harmon is perhaps the best I've ever seen him as the happy-go-lucky guy trying to get the attention of fellow teacher, Robin Bishop (Kirstey Alley) who is likewise a good match for Shoop. The students themselves are equally enjoyable, with the most hilarious being Chainsaw (Dean Cameron) and Dave (Gary Riley) two guys with a fondness for grossing people out with a handy supply of fake blood and latex. Surprisingly, the movie never seems to have achieved the recognition of other 80s teen movies, though it should have as it is a film that delivers a load of laughs.

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