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Back to School (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 13 June 1986 (USA)
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To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

Director:

Alan Metter

Writers:

Rodney Dangerfield (story), Greg Fields (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Dangerfield ... Thornton Melon
Sally Kellerman ... Dr. Diane Turner
Burt Young ... Lou
Keith Gordon ... Jason Melon
Robert Downey Jr. ... Derek Lutz
Paxton Whitehead ... Philip Barbay
Terry Farrell ... Valerie Desmond
M. Emmet Walsh ... Coach Turnbull
Adrienne Barbeau ... Vanessa
William Zabka ... Chas
Ned Beatty ... Dean David Martin
Severn Darden ... Dr. Barazini
Sam Kinison ... Professor Terguson
Robert Picardo ... Giorgio
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... Self
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Storyline

Millionaire businessman Thornton Melon is upset when his son Jason announces that he is not sure about going to college. Thornton insists that college is the best thing he never had for himself, and to prove his point, he agrees to enroll in school along with his son. Thornton is a big hit on campus: always throwing the biggest parties, knowing all the right people, but is this the way to pass college? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

It was Harold Ramis' idea for Thornton Melon to go back to school as a rich man. Once that was suggested, no one involved in this movie could imagine him going back to school any other way. See more »

Goofs

The sequence showing the limo arriving to the "Grand Lakes University" (University of Wisconsin - Madison) campus has the limo driving east on Observatory Drive past Elizabeth Waters Hall, then driving north under the pedestrian bridge on N Park St. coming from the south (Observatory Drive is to the north of the bridge) and ends with the limo headed back west on Observatory Drive just past N Charter St. where Elizabeth Waters Hall can once again be seen, this time on the opposite side of the limo. See more »

Quotes

Executive #2: The toy division has come up with a new doll idea to go along with our children's clothing line. We call them Melon Patch Kids. Now, the competition exploits the notion that their dolls are orphans. The Melon Patch Kids are not orphans... they're abandoned! We think it's a winner.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with the message: "For Estelle. Thanks so much." This is a dedication to Estelle Endler, Rodney Dangerfield's manager and one of the executive producers of the film, who died during production. See more »

Alternate Versions

Three scenes are cut from the Comedy Central airing - the "twist and shout" scene in the bar, the "phone conversation with Kurt Vonnegut after getting an F grade" scene, and one of the dives in the final competition. See more »


Soundtracks

Dead Man's Party
Written by Danny Elfman
Produced by Danny Elfman & Steve Bartek
Performed by Oingo Boingo
Courtesy of MCA Records,Inc.
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good natured with a lot of laughs.
18 December 2001 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

I love Rodney Dangerfield. Always have. His one-liners, and all-around smartass attitude have made him a living legend and he never fails to crack me up. Back to School is a great example of what he can do and I never get tired of watching it. Keith Gordon is great as his son and Robert Downey Jr. is pretty hysterical as his best bud. The ever-reliable Burt Young is a lot of fun as Dangerfield's limo-driver/best friend and he does his duty at supplying the laughs.

It's a shame that more people haven't seen this. I believe that it's one of Rodney's best. It's got a great premise, an outstanding cast, and the laughs are nonstop.


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Back to School See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,881,035, 15 June 1986

Gross USA:

$91,258,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,258,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Black and White (prologue)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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