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TJ and company must save summer vacation from disappearing forever.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vince LaSalle (voice)
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Mikey Blumberg (voice)
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T.J. Detweiler (voice) (as Andy Lawrence)
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Gus Griswald (voice)
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Ashley Spinelli (voice) (as Pamela Segall)
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Michael 'Mikey' Blumberg (singing voice)
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Fenwick (voice)
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Miss Muriel P. Finster / Mrs. Detweiller (voice)
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Guard #2 (voice)
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Miss Grotkey (voice)
Francesca Smith ...
Ashley B / Upside-Down Girl / Swinger Girl (voice) (as Francesca Marie Smith)
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Storyline

It's the most exciting time of year at Third Street Elementary-- the end of the School Year! But boredom quickly sets in for protagonist TJ Detweiler, as his friends (the other 5 protagonist children) are headed for Summer Camp. One day, while passing by the school on his bike, he notices a green glow coming from the school's auditorium. This is the work of the insidious ex-principal of Third Street, Phillium Benedict and his gang of ninjas and secret service look-alikes! Benedict is planning to get rid of Summer Vacation using his newly-acquired Tractor Beam, which he stole from the US Military Base in an effort to raise US Test Scores, and it's up to the Recess Gang to stop him! In the end, TJ and the gang, with the help from the other students, Principal Prickly, Ms. Finster and the other teachers, destroy the laser, Benedict and his henchmen are arrested, and the kids (TJ's buddies) decide to spend their Summer with TJ. Written by FREAKAZOID!

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Saving The World One Playground At A Time


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16 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recess: The Movie - School's Out  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£122,891 (UK) (27 July 2001)

Gross:

£935,271 (UK) (17 August 2001)
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Trivia

The 1960's models of Phillium Benedict and Petey Prickly are based on famous icons of the 60's. Petey Prickley is based on George Harrison, and can be recognized from the animated film "Yellow Submarine". Phillium Benedict is based on the character "Captain America" (Peter Fonda's character) in the movie "Easy Rider". See more »

Goofs

When T.J and his friends prepare to break into the school, to save Prickley, they gather up their bikes and other items they needed. At one point T.J zips up his jacket, when he asks them if they have everything his jacket is still zipped up, but seconds later when they all leave T.J's garden his jacket is open again. See more »

Quotes

TJ: How do you know that jerk?
Principal Prickly: How do I know him? We attended teacher training together.
TJ: You mean?
Principal Prickly: That's right, Detweiler, that man is a rogue teacher.
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Principal Prickly: It was the spring of '68, it was different times back then, all of us young, idealistic, ready to change the world.
Mrs. Finster: Peace Peter!
Principal Prickly: Hey Murial, had a groovy time at the Dead festival last night.
Mrs. Finster: You gonna be at the teach in, Saturday? We're gonna paint my Volkswagen!
Principal Prickly: Wouldn't miss it for the world!
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Crazy Credits

Lawson's name is listed in the credits, but he never speaks in the movie. See more »

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Soundtracks

Nessun Dorma
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Robert Goulet
Arranged by Denis M. Hannigan
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One of the funniest Disney movies ever made...
29 June 2003 | by (My House, Canada) – See all my reviews

...I had never thought Disney could redeem themselves after movies like "Tarzan" and "Mulan" until I seen this classic. Yes, I just said that Recess: School's Out is a classic. I loved this movie, and I'm a teen who hates most cartoons.

There is nothing about this movie that isn't funny, from Robert Goulet making a 'cameo' as character Mikey's singing voice to all the overdone teen cliches in character T.J.'s older sister Becky (Mellissa Joan Hart). This movie never even tries to be overly-dramatic as most other Disney movies, it's just straight, top of the line fun.

Without a doubt the greatest thing going for this movie is James Woods as the Dr. Evil type villain, pulling all the cliches of the James Bond bad guys. That's the great thing about Recess, it basically uses cliches, but makes fun of them too.

Hilarious movie, 8/10.


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