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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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Taglines:

Will your school be NEXT? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

The "I Want You Around" number was the first scene shot for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dee Dee yells "Hey pizza! Dig in!" the pizza boxes aren't open yet but in the previous shot with Joey in the foreground, the boxes are already open and the rest of the band are already taking out some slices. See more »

Quotes

Fritz Hansel: The gym!
Fritz Gretel: Girls!
Fritz Hansel: Music!
Fritz Gretel: Legs!
Fritz Hansel: Dancing!
Fritz Gretel: Boobs!
Fritz Hansel: Randell!
Fritz Gretel: Sex...
Mr. McGree: I think they're trying to tell us something.
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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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References The Freshman (1925) See more »

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Albatross
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One of the best cult classics ever!
1 January 2004 | by nickstrangerSee all my reviews

A must for any punk rocker, this is the movie that made The Ramones a household name back in the early 1980's (when it first appeared on premium cable stations). This was one of the first and best of the American Punk Rock movies, with a cult classic status up there with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Originally the producers wanted Cheap Trick as the stars, but the release of the "Live At Budakon" album had just made them superstars and too hot an item to be in a low budget movie. Very good luck for the Ramones who were looking to break out of the underground punk rock world and into the mainstream market (which sadly never happened until after the bands demise). The band, Dee Dee especially, always disliked the movie through the 80's but the fans always loved and could recite most of the movie while waiting to get into Ramones shows. This movie, like most classics, is stupid fun with some classic Ramones footage in their heyday. Don't expect more, you won't find it. It's great fun, so enjoy it. Another Allan Arkush classic movie in a similar vein is Get Crazy, featuring Lee Ving from the legendary hardcore punk band Fear.


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