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Three O'Clock High (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  9 October 1987 (USA)
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A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day's end.

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Jerry Mitchell
Annie Ryan ...
Franny Perrins (as Anne Ryan)
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Buddy Revell
Stacey Glick ...
Brei Mitchell
Jonathan Wise ...
Vincent Costello
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Detective Mulvahill
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Mr. O'Rourke
Liza Morrow ...
Karen Clarke
Scott Schutzman Tiler ...
Bruce Chalmer (as Scott Tiler)
Guy Massey ...
Scott Cranston
Theron Read ...
Mark Bojeekus
Mike Jolly ...
Craig Mattey
Charles Macaulay ...
Voytek Dolinski
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Duke Herman
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Storyline

A high school nerd, Jerry Mitchell (Siemaszko) is assigned to write a piece for the school paper about new boy Buddy Revell (Tyson), who is rumored to be a psychopathic nutcase. When Jerry accidentally touches Buddy, he says that they must fight in the parking lot at 3pm. Jerry will just about do anything to avoid the confrontation. Written by Corey Semple (AdamSandlers8SexyNights)

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Jerry Mitchell just bumped into Buddy Revell. Now Jerry isn't thinking about math or english. Because at three o'clock, he's history. See more »

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9 October 1987 (USA)  »

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3:00 High  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,685,862 (USA)
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The music playing in the insect movie that Jerry watches in his biology class is the "Out to Sea" theme from Jaws (1975). See more »

Goofs

The calendar in the student store advances 2 months within a 3-hour period. At the beginning of the film, when Jerry is talking to his sister, the calendar is on October. Later, when Franny meets Jerry in the store, you can see that it is now December. It's still December at the very end as Miss Farmer walks out. See more »

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Bruce Chalmer: Pain is temporary, film is forever.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Something To Remember Me By
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Marked for Destruction at Three PM
13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You sense you're in for something a bit different when you hear the ticking of the clock in the first few seconds of the movie - a countdown to a personal doomsday for Jerry Mitchell (Siemaszko), in charge of the high school bookstore and a writer for the school paper. He's assigned to write an article on the new kid, Buddy Revell (Tyson). Only Revell is no kid; he's a hulking mass of unstoppable destruction and patently psychotic. As mentioned beforehand in the picture, he's also a 'touch-freak' so when Mitchell makes the fatal error in the bathroom, it's so foolish of him, you might think he deserves his fate. But no one deserves the amount of psychological torture he endures for the next few hours. Does all this sound like a comedy? Probably not, but it is - a dark satire on high school comedies. And it works like crazy.

As you watch Mitchell spiral downward further and further into an abyss, you begin to wonder where he'll end up. His many efforts to free himself, involving school security, robbery, pay-offs, and teacher seduction, only further entangle him in a nightmarish situation, heightened by various hints of how bloody his beating will be. You slowly realize, as the clock ticks towards an inevitable showdown, that Mitchell will get no sympathy, even from his friends; it's a stunning depiction of how necessary is an individual's self-reliance and self-direction of their own destiny. The whole thing would've fallen apart if there hadn't been a showdown, if Mitchell managed to avoid the confrontation. But there is a Showdown, with all the spectacle of a Roman coliseum and the roar of crowds - it's an exciting climax. The funniest scene for me was Mitchell in the office of 'Voytek Dolinsky', the school's gestapo disciplinarian.


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