Three O'Clock High (1987)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Mitchell
Annie Ryan ...
Franny Perrins (as Anne Ryan)
Buddy Revell
Stacey Glick ...
Brei Mitchell
Jonathan Wise ...
Vincent Costello
Detective Mulvahill
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
Duke Herman


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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When school's over, it's all over. See more »




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Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

3:00 High  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$3,685,862 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The name Hugh Conlon III is on the blackboard behind Jerry when he is in Mr. D.'s office. Hugh Conlon was the movie's construction coordinator. See more »


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 »


Jerry Mitchell: If I can get the money, do you think he'll do it for me?
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Very good, sadly ignored, teen movie of the 1980s.
3 September 2004 | by (Washington, DC USA) – See all my reviews

This is a teen comedy from the 1980s, every bit as good as anything made by John Hughes in those days (Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, etc.).

The plot: our hero, Jerry, is assigned by the school newspaper to interview the new kid at school. The new kid, Buddy, is a big thug with an attitude. To make his reputation, Buddy bullies and intimidates Jerry, and tells Jerry that, come three o'clock, he is going to beat him up. Jerry spends the rest of the day trying to get out of participating in the fight.

The story is full of the usual parodies of teen-aged stereotypes, but they are somehow more believable and human than the characters in most films of this genre. The protagonist, for example, suffers from under-confidence resulting from being hypoglycemic. The story is all about him overcoming his under-confidence (a process we all go through in high school), which is a really common plot in teen movies. What comes through in this film is that *all* of the students are going through the same process. The cool, spooky girl next door turns out not to be so cool, underneath. The hero's buddy tries to help in the struggle, but gets sick of him and abandons him. The villainous tough ends up feeling ashamed of himself. These comic characters stick with you because they are so much like real teenagers: naive, under-confident, and overreaching.

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