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Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 24 August 1979 (USA)
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A group of rock-music-loving students, with the help of the Ramones, take over their school to combat its newly installed oppressive administration.

Directors:

Allan Arkush, Joe Dante (uncredited)

Writers:

Richard Whitley (screenplay), Russ Dvonch (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
P.J. Soles ... Riff Randell
Vincent Van Patten ... Tom Roberts
Clint Howard ... Eaglebauer
Dey Young ... Kate Rambeau
Mary Woronov ... Miss Evelyn Togar
Paul Bartel ... Mr. McGree
Dick Miller ... Police Chief
Don Steele ... Screamin' Steve Stevens
Alix Elias ... Coach Steroid
Loren Lester ... Fritz Hansel
Daniel Davies Daniel Davies ... Fritz Gretel
Lynn Farrell Lynn Farrell ... Angel Dust
Herbie Braha Herbie Braha ... Manager
Grady Sutton ... School Board President
Chris Somma ... Shawn
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Storyline

Vince Lombardi High School keeps losing principals to nervous breakdowns because of the students' love of rock 'n' roll and their disregard of education. The putative leader of the students is Riff Randell, who loves the music of the Ramones. A new principal, the rock-music-hating Miss Evelyn Togar, is brought in and promises to put an end to the music craze. When Miss Togar and a group of parents attempt to burn a pile of rock records, the students take over the high school, joined by the Ramones, who are made honorary students. When the police are summoned and demand that the students evacuate the building, they do so, which leads to an explosive finale. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Will your school be NEXT? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disco High See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Banner slogans for the school read "Winning is better than losing" and "Winning isn't the most important thing....It's the only thing". See more »

Goofs

The seniors at Vince Lombardi High School wear class buttons which read "1980." The freshman who is the continual victim of upperclassman abuse wears a class button that reads "1984." Freshmen of that year would have been from the class of 1983, not 1984. See more »

Quotes

Usher: Oh, I'm sorry. We don't let any more mice in here. They've been exploding all over the place.
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Alternate Versions

There is one line from the film not included in the re-mastered DVD and video release. It is near the beginning where Tom is walking down the school hallway, and he bores some of the girls by talking about the weather ("I hear it's raining cats and dogs in Idaho"). When he sees Riff Randell, she scoots past him giving him a tease, and after he says her name, he takes a breather and exclaims, "I gotta get laid." This line is included in early video releases, and restored in the 2010 Shout! Factory DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the film. See more »

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Soundtracks

Come Back Jonee
Written by Gerald V. Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh
Performed by Devo
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I just wanna have some kicks. I just wanna get some chicks!
24 January 2005 | by Twins65See all my reviews

93 minutes of mindless fun from 1979. So what if P.J. Soles was damn near 30 when this was made...she can rock my high school any time she wants! Now that we're down to only one original Ramone (and even he isn't in this), we have to salute the Boys by watching this movie. It's the way we want to remember 'em best, blowing up a high school.

So screw you Principal Togar, and all your exploding mice! WE JUST WANNA ROCK! P.S.---R.I.P. Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Mr. McGree, & Screamin' Steve. And if anybody knows whatever happened to Angel Dust (Lynn Farrell-who made 3 movies in 1979 and seems to have dropped off the planet since) please post it on the R&RHS message board.


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