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Cheering Section (1977)

R | | Comedy | 19 August 1977 (USA)
A high school football star tries to romance the new girl at the school whom happens to be his coach's daughter.


(as Harry E. Kerwin)


(story and screenplay), (story and screenplay) (as Harry E. Kerwin)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhonda Fox ...
Melanie Jackson (as Rhonda Foxx)
Tom Leindecker ...
Patricia Michelle ...
Terry (as Patrice Michelle)
Kim Jack ...
Helen (as Kim Jach)
Greg D'Jah ...
Jeff Laine ...
Karyn Wagner ...
Jill Talbot
Scott Blynne ...
W.G. Galivan ...
Art Park ...
Mardi Roddenberry ...
Mardi Roddeney ...
Kim Sanderson ...
Betty Tatten ...


At Sherwood High School, Corey Peterson and his friends are typical and sex-hungry football players whom chase after their cheerleader girls in between classes and football practice. When Corey meets and falls for Melanie Jackson, the new transfer student, he soon learns that Melanie is the daughter of the new football coach, whom disapproves of any guy dating his daughter. Coach Jackson then subjects Corey to severe coaching which borders on physical abuse in his attempts to keep Corey away from his daughter. However, Coach Jackson privately tells Corey that if he leads the team to victory at the championship game, he will give Corey permission to date Melanie. Meanwhile, Corey and the rest of the team are engaged in a prank war with the rival Brookfield High School whom they are playing in the big game. One player, Jeff, makes a secret bet with the Brookfield players; the football team that wins gets to party with the cheerleaders of both teams. Written by Larry B.

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19 August 1977 (USA)  »

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Pep Squad  »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wayne Crawford claimed in a 2013 interview that he used his film alias of 'Scott Lawrence' instead of his real name for the small role of the chemistry teacher, Mr. Stephano, because he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and this project was a non-union movie. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Jeff Laine
Performed by Jeff Laine (uncredited)
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OK late-70's knock-ff of "The Pom Pom Girls"
9 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

This film recently appeared on a DVD with "King Frat". The latter movie is much more of a "cult" film, but the two are actually very similar--"King Frat" is a shameless ripoff of "Animal House" at a small fraction of the budget, while this is a shameless ripoff of the more obscure (but relatively successful in its day) Crown International picture "The Pom-Pom Girls".

As any aficionado of 70's cheerleader movies can tell you, the "genre" can really be broken up into two parts--the earlier cheerleader movies. that followed the original "The Cheerleaders", which were pretty much pure softcore sex romps aimed at dirty old men, and the ones that followed "The Pom-Pom Girls", which were aimed at least partially at actual teenage drive-in movie-goers, so they had less sex and took more frequent breaks from ogling nubile female cheerleaders to engage in a lot of free-spirited teen hijinks. This movie is obviously more like "The Pom-Pom Girls" (not that there's nothing here for dirty old men to enjoy) in that the main protagonists are a group of ridiculously overaged high school jocks who all co-own a boogie van which they put pussycat stickers on to indicate each of the girls they've scored with. The conflict comes when one of the boys actually falls in love with the new girl (Rhonda Foxx), who also happens to be the strict, new coach's daughter.

This movie probably won't endear itself with too many feminists (especially,the scene where the boys wager their own cheerleaders on the outcome of a football game with a rival school), but it's generally a harmless, somewhat idyllic look at male adolescence in the late 1970's. It's not as good as "The Pom Pom Girls" or as nearly as sex-saturated as "The Cheerleaders", but it's OK overall

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