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R.P.M. (1970)

R.P.M. stands for (political) revolutions per minute. Anthony Quinn plays a liberal college professor at a west coast college during the heady days of campus activism in the late 1960's. ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writer:

Erich Segal
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Prof. F.W.J. 'Paco' Perez
Ann-Margret ... Rhoda
Gary Lockwood ... Rossiter
Paul Winfield ... Steve Dempsey
Graham Jarvis ... Police Chief Henry J. Thatcher
Alan Hewitt ... Hewlett
Ramon Bieri ... Brown
John McLiam ... Rev. Blauvelt
Don Keefer ... Dean George Cooper
Donald Moffat ... Perry Howard
Norman Burton ... Coach McCurdy
John Zaremba ... President Tyler
Ines Pedroza Ines Pedroza ... Estella
Teda Bracci Teda Bracci ... Student
Linda Meiklejohn Linda Meiklejohn ... Student
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R.P.M. stands for (political) revolutions per minute. Anthony Quinn plays a liberal college professor at a west coast college during the heady days of campus activism in the late 1960's. Radical students take over the college, the president resigns, and Quinn's character, who has always been a champion of student activism, is appointed president. As the students continue to push the envelope of revolution, Quinn's character is faced with the challenge of restoring order or abetting the descent into anarchy. Written by Silents Fan

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What's Stanley Kramer up to now? What he does best. Like frankness. And boldness. And the brutal honesty to tackle the gut questions of our time. This time he gets into the violent upheaval on America's campuses. Frankly. Boldly. Honestly. Like no one else has done before. Like only Stanley Kramer can. See more »

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Trivia

According to Ann Margret in her autobiography, it was very hard for her to perform the nudity scenes. See more »

Quotes

Prof. F.W.J. 'Paco' Perez: "Lickety split"? Where do you get your vocabulary?
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Crazy Credits

As the opening credits roll, the screen flips like a coin-like wipe with the text appearing in the center of the "coin". See more »

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Referenced in Eva, limpia como los chorros del oro (1977) See more »

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We Don't Know Where We're Goin'
Written by Barry De Vorzon, Perry Botkin Jr. & Melanie
Additional lyrics by Melanie
Performed by Melanie
Courtesy of Buddah Records
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It hasn't worn well
11 October 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

R.P.M. the abbreviation of Revolutions Per Minute is Stanley Kramer's attempt to get inside the head of the student movement of the late Sixties. It probably got a bit of box office coming out as it did in the year of the four students shot down by the National Guard at Kent State. But in the intervening years it really hasn't worn well.

Anthony Quinn is a popular sociology professor of Hispanic heritage and has something of a following among the radical left on campus. When President John Zaremba just resigns in frustration because he can't deal with a bunch of students occupying the campus administration building. Quinn also has a student mistress in the person of Ann-Margret a rather open secret on campus.

The Board of Trustees decide on what they consider a master stroke, make the popular Quinn the new president because they think he can talk the radical talk and make them walk. It doesn't quite work out that way as Quinn all too well realizes that he's now part of the 'establishment'.

The students who are all too old to be playing campus radicals include spokesperson Gary Lockwood and black student leader Paul Winfield. Fine players but all showing their age. Ann-Margret is a graduate student, but even she looks a bit old to be college coed.

It ends in a scene that was all too familiar in the Sixties, police raiding the school and making arrests. At some point the students have to get back to the business of education.

Fascinating that the big threat they had was to destroy the giant computer that the college had if they didn't get their way. Now Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs would have a fainting spell dare they suggest such a thing.

R.P.M. marked the beginning of when director Stanley Kramer started to lose his muse. It is truly truly dated.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1971 (Denmark) See more »

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Stockton, California, USA See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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