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Writer (WGA):
Steve Slavkin (written by)
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Release Date:
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
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 the paper boy is throwing out the papers, he tosses one of the papers and its obvious that the paper comes apart in the air, but when it hits the ground its intact.See more »
Colleen:[Stopping Paula before they walk out of the locker room] Our team isn't that great, right?
Paula Carson:[Uncertain why Paula is asking] Right.
Colleen:[Pulls down her panties and waves them around, finally throwing them to the floor] This should give them something better to cheer about.
Paula Carson:[laughing] You're unbelievable.
[Both laugh as they leave the locker room]
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Passing Grade, 26 June 2001

A psychotic youth is released from his mental confinement and murders start happening all over a huge high school. Teachers, an assistant principal, and some coeds meet deadly ends in such various methods as impalement, burning in a kiln, axe to the head, slashing, and so forth. Is the crazed youth responsible, or is the murderer someone else? The ending is somewhat clever although in no way plausible. This is one of those eighties slasher flicks that does not know whether it is primarily a horror or a comedy. It DOES work better as the latter. The production is very nice and the film does boast some fine production values. The gore is limited despite the deaths, and the acting is adequate. The biggest flaw is the script which has more holes in it than a piece of cheesecloth. If you are able to put logic aside, the film can be a pleasant diversion. Certainly nothing more. Brad Pitt, Donavan Leitch, and Jill Schoelen star as the trio of youths the film centers around. Pitt is awful, though as one reviewer says he does not embarrass himself TOO much. Leith is suitably creepy, and Schoelen is beautiful if nothing else. The supporting cast is much better with the likes of Roddy McDowell, Martin Mull, Nancy Fish and other little known yet familiar faces. McDowell brings humour and class to his role as the principal, though he has very little to do. Mull is the funniest in his purely comedic role. In fact, Mull's performance has to make this a horror comedy rather than a horror film. Once you see the film you will understand why. Another bright spot is Brenda James, solely because she is one hot little number. So if you are looking for pointless, mindless fun...Cutting Class makes the grade.

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