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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 »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Prof. F.W.J. 'Paco' Perez
... Rhoda
... Rossiter
... Steve Dempsey
... Police Chief Henry J. Thatcher
... Hewlett
... Brown
... Rev. Blauvelt
... Dean George Cooper
... Perry Howard
... Coach McCurdy
... President Tyler
Ines Pedroza ... Estella
Teda Bracci ... Student
Linda Meiklejohn ... Student


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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"Call me back later...I'm in conference with one of my students!" See more »




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26 April 1971 (Denmark)  »

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A riot scene was filmed on the Knowles Lawn at the University of the Pacific. See more »


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 »


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


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No Resolution Here
15 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

In "R.P.M." students take over and occupy the administration building of a California college as school President Tyler resigns. After midnight, the College Board of Trustees decides to replace Tyler with Professor "Paco" Perez (Anthony Quinn), a 53 year-old sociology teacher. He has three main assets: (1) He is popular with the student body, (2) he has a Spanish surname, and his hiring would exemplify progressivism, and (3) he lives with a 25 year-old graduate student Rhoda (Ann-Margret) who has difficulty in staying clothed. An obvious liberal, Perez attempts to negotiate with the students. A problematic situation arises as he became part of the "establishment" when he was appointed by conservative deans. He agrees with 75 percent of the student demands, but those concessions are not enough. One of the three demands not accepted is that the students want to hire the professors! But the students, led by 33 year-old grad student Gary Lockwood (Rossiter) and 31 year-old Paul Winfield (Dempsey), are reticent. When they do not obtain acceptance on ALL of their demands, they foolishly decide to destroy school property (computer equipment). As Perez is backed up against a wall, his option is to call in the police. So where is the resolution?

Erich Segal's script is trite and hardly rises above comic-book level. Concerning the film's direction, where is the genuine emotion and character development? Anthony Quinn is always good, but in this movie he is miscast. Worse, 30 year-old Ann-Margret's performance as a collegian is ludicrous; she is way too old to be a typical grad student. As she does not exactly radiate intelligentsia, one wonders how she ever became an undergraduate. The impression does arise that she may have earned her bachelor's degree by lying on her back. Chemistry is lacking between her and lover Quinn, whom she even calls a hypocrite. Both Lockwood and Winfield are also too old for their respective characters.

The late 1960s and early 1970s was a time of college campus radicalization, although the students on the far left comprised only a small percentage of the school population. But they were both vocal and active. They were quite volatile, hence R.P.M. = Revolutions per Minute. All in all, this pointless movie certainly shows its age.

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