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Writer (WGA):
Steve Slavkin (written by)
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7 February 1992 (Portugal) See more »
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Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Brian Woods (as Donovan Leitch)

Jill Schoelen ... Paula Carson

Brad Pitt ... Dwight Ingalls

Roddy McDowall ... Mr. Dante

Martin Mull ... William Carson III

Brenda James ... Colleen (as Brenda Lynn Klemme)
Mark Barnet ... Gary
Robert Glaudini ... Shultz
Eric Boles ... Mr. Glynn

Dirk Blocker ... Coach Harris

Nancy Fish ... Mrs. Knocht

Robert Machray ... Mr. Conklin

David Clarke ... Crusty Old Man

Norman Alden ... Officer Fondulac

Tom Ligon ... Mr. Ingalls
Bill Striglos ... Mr. Quint

Ronnie Sperling ... Mr. Tork
Jeff Rochlin ... Nicholas

Alexander Folk ... Mr. Nicholson
Neil Stanoff ... Little Boy
Julie Hayden ... Mother

Logan Clarke ... Police Officer

Joel Michaely ... Kid in Crowd
Dog Thomas ... Bartender
Lara Lyon ... Student in Class (as Lara Rugraff-Lyon)
Eric J. Van Wagoner ... Student
Holly Hayes Jones ... Head Cheerleader
Steven Kobrin ... Newspaper Boy
John Glenn High School Eagle Band ... Band
Joy Griglione ... Drum Major
Kevin Beck ... Basketball Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fate Fatal ... Kid in Crowd (uncredited)

Directed by
Rospo Pallenberg 
Writing credits
Steve Slavkin (written by)

Produced by
Donald R. Beck .... producer
Rudy Cohen .... producer
Peter S. Davis .... executive producer
William N. Panzer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jill Fraser 
Cinematography by
Avraham Karpick  (as Avi Karpick)
Film Editing by
Bill Butler 
Natan Zahavi 
Casting by
Eric Boles 
Production Design by
Richard Sherman 
Art Direction by
Gigi Lorick 
Set Decoration by
Debbie Minchenberg 
Costume Design by
Kelly Troup 
Makeup Department
Michele Bloom .... assistant hair stylist
Michele Bloom .... assistant makeup artist
Kelcey Fry .... key hair stylist
Laya Saul .... additional makeup
Kathy Shorkey .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Rudy Cohen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Altshuler .... second assistant director
Donald R. Beck .... second unit director
Miles Kristman .... second second assistant director
Donald Newman .... first assistant director
Wendy Peterson .... dga trainee
Art Department
Andrew Allen-King .... set dresser (as Andrew H. King)
Greg Borchardt .... set constructor
Sean Everett .... property master (as Sean E. Markland)
Ian Hardy .... construction coordinator
Stephen Jackman .... swing gang
Marco López .... property assistant
Tony Machado .... carpenter
Norman West .... property assistant
Sound Department
Ara Ashjian .... sound recordist
Peter Bentley .... production sound mixer
Zane D. Bruce .... foley walker (as Zane Bruce)
Jeff Burman .... sound editor (as Jeffrey Burman)
Gregory Cheever .... sound recordist (as Greg 'The Cheev' Cheever)
Smith Craig .... adr mixer
Smith Craig .... foley mixer
Andy D'Addario .... re-recording mixer
Lily Diamond .... foley supervisor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... re-recording mixer (as Jeffrey Haboush)
Scott Jacobs .... boom operator
Richard Kite .... sound recordist
Bruce Murphy .... transfers
Dan Ortiz .... transfers
Melinda C. Scorsone .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Bob McCarthy .... special effects (as Robert McCarthy)
Randall B. Bishop .... stunt player (as Randall Brian Bishop)
Gregg Brazzel .... stunt coordinator
Alison Brown .... stunt player
Debbie Lee Carrington .... stunt player
Phil Culotta .... stunt player
A.J. Nay .... stunt player (as Arthur Nay)
Richard New .... stunt player
John O'Neill .... stunt player (as Johnny O'Neill)
Karen Price .... stunt player
Randi Randolph .... stunt player
Max Reimer .... stunt double: Brad Pitt
Camera and Electrical Department
Randall B. Bishop .... second assistant camera
Alec Elizondo .... second assistant camera
Chuy Elizondo .... camera operator
Nimi Getter .... gaffer (as Nimrod Getter)
Tom Ingalls .... best boy electric
Gary Molyneux .... grip
George Nolan .... first assistant camera
George Palmer .... key grip
Gideon Porath .... additional camera operator
Marc David Schultz .... best boy electric
Rick Senteno .... electrician
Rich Sutherland .... best boy grip (as Rick Sutherland)
Dog Thomas .... grip
Tracy Turner .... still photographer
George Wells .... electrician
Rob White .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mike Johnson .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric Van Wagoner .... key costumer (as Eric J. Van Wagoner)
Editorial Department
Linda DeMarco .... color timer (as Linda Sue Altman)
Chad Johnson .... apprentice editor
Susan A. Jones .... post-production coordinator
Chris Tomasko .... assistant editor
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Christine Bonnem .... location manager
Jason H. Clark .... assistant location manager (as Jason Clark)
Terri Rubenstein .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Greg Arreguin .... musician: guitars (as Gregg Arreguin)
Adrian De Michele .... music assistant
Mark Howlett .... music engineer
Sherry Weintraub .... assistant music editor
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Nelson Jones .... driver (as Buck Jones)
Harold Martin .... transportation coordinator
Greg Massey .... driver
Other crew
Fran Arsht .... production assistant (as Fran Arscht)
Juel Bestrop .... assistant: Mr. Pallenberg
Don Burr .... security
Kimberly Cave .... production assistant
Matt Danielson .... production auditor
Patricia Rose Duignan .... assistant: Mr. Beck (as Rose Duignan)
Thomas Farr .... post production assistant (as Tom Farr)
David Floyd .... production assistant
Blaine G. Houserman .... production auditor (as Blaine Houserman)
Christopher Jones .... production assistant
Ian Jones .... production assistant
Susan A. Jones .... assistant: Mr. Cohen
Monica Melvin-Fratkin .... production coordinator (as Monica Melvin)
Michelle Michael .... nurse
Stella Pacific .... studio teacher (as Stella Pacifici)
James B. Phelps .... production assistant
Paul Rosenthal .... production assistant
Terri Rubenstein .... assistant coordinator
Helene Sicherman .... craft service
Barbara Thaxton .... script supervisor
Stacy Welk .... post production assistant
Marion Wheeler .... production assistant
Wesley E. Wright .... fire safety officer
Barbara Yarborough .... studio teacher (as Barbara Yarbrough)
Irv Hollander .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Highschool Murders" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
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91 min
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Did You Know?

The title is a pun, based on "cutting class," which is skipping or not showing up for class for some unauthorized reason, and because a killer is running around cutting people's throats.See more »
Continuity: When Paula and the teacher are trying to solve the puzzle to open the right door, the teacher's calculations on the board disappear after he opens the door.See more »
Colleen:[to Paula when they are walking into the girls' locker room during the basketball game, about Mr. Dante] I bet he kisses like a lizard.See more »


What are the differences between the US DVD and the uncut version?
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The death of the 80s slasher movie., 19 September 2009
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

By the end of the 80s, the traditional slasher movie had pretty much run its course, the genre becoming too formulaic and over-familiar to its jaded audience. Rospo Pallenberg's Cutting Class is an attempt at sending up such conventions, but it's hard to poke fun at a genre that has already unintentionally turned to self parody, and the film winds up being virtually indistinguishable from the countless genuine films that it intends to mock.

Jill Schoelen stars as virginal and studious teen Paula Carson, object of affection for two ex-best-buds, overbearing basketball jock Dwight Ingalls (Brad Pitt) and creepy loner Brian Woods (Donovan Leitch). When Paula is left on her own for a week while her father, a district attorney, goes duck hunting, she promises to behave, but with rival friends fighting for her attention, the school principal (Roddy McDowall) perving over her ass, and a crazy murderer bumping off her schoolmates, staying out of trouble is going to be harder than she thinks.

Cutting Class certainly makes sure to pack in all the standard genre clichés, with red herrings and misleading clues a plenty (hands up who though that sodium chloride would actually save the day: I know I did), but veers awkwardly between silly humour (Paula's bumbling dad somehow surviving to the end of the film) and genuine attempts at horror (the killing of the school's vice principal), delivering crappy gore featuring patently rubber props and uninspired direction along the way.

The acting also does little to improve matters, with future A-lister Pitt being unmemorable, unlikeable and offering no hint of star quality, Leitch giving an equally unimpressive turn, and a performance from poor old Roddy McDowall that can only be described as extremely embarrassing. Thank heavens for the lovely Schoelen, who is as winsome as she was in Popcorn and The Stepfather, and makes the whole film just about worthwhile by simply showing off her magnificent butt.

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