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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

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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Bunalim See more »

Filming Locations:

Stockton, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The motorcycle ridden by 'Anthony Quinn' is a 500cc T100R Triumph Daytona. 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Stop! I Don't Wanna' Hear It Anymore
Written by Barry De Vorzon & Perry Botkin Jr.
Additional lyrics by Melanie
Performed by Melanie
Courtesy of Buddah Records
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Nothing Changed
11 October 2013 | by gamay9See all my reviews

This film is relevant because nothing did change between the film's release date in 1970 and the two generations which have followed.

In a conversation on the stairwell toward the end of the film, Anthony Quinn and Gary Lockwood discuss change, indicating that nothing happened between Quinn's and Lockwood's respective generations. Nothing has happened in the two generations that followed, i.e. 1990 and 2010.

The sad fact is that society has degenerated. I graduated from a very liberal Big Ten school in 1962 and we didn't have campus unrest. After that, I began a successful career which was interrupted by the draft and a tour in Vietnam. I returned to work and became even more successful because I worked smart and hard. The draft saved me and I wish the draft would have never ended, although I think the Vietnam war was futile. Young men need military service to GROW UP! As for Ann Margaret, she always played sexy but never nude, except for her role in 'Carnal Knowledge' where viewers experienced her large arse.

Despite Ann's frivolous on-screen characters (I wonder how she was in private life) this was a film that predicts the future, as in...'Oh yah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone.' (John Mellancamp).


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