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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Riff Randell
... Tom Roberts
... Eaglebauer
... Kate Rambeau
... Miss Evelyn Togar
... Mr. McGree
... Police Chief
... Screamin' Steve Stevens
... Coach Steroid
... Fritz Hansel
Daniel Davies ... Fritz Gretel
Lynn Farrell ... Angel Dust
Herbie Braha ... Manager
... School Board President
... Shawn
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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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Where the 3 R's Stood for ROCK, ROLL and REBELLION! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Disco High  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Originally, Todd Rundgren was to star as the musical act, but both sides could not come to an agreement. Next, Cheap Trick was contacted, but a similar situation happened. After that, talks were conducted with Warner Bros. Records, where Allan Arkush had a connection, to decide on which band they should use in the film. The first suggestion was Devo, but Arkush decided that they had too much of their own concept. Another band considered for the movie was Van Halen, but Warner execs warned Arkush that they were raucous and would be difficult to handle. Finally, an exec name-dropped the Ramones, who recorded for Sire Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records. Arkush, being a huge fan of the band, agreed. To this day, Rundgren regrets passing up the role he was offered. See more »

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When Tom calls Riff from his van, he mentions that he is listening to the "new Ramones album." The song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" can be heard in the background. The problem is "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" is from the Ramones' first album "Ramones" (1976). Had Tom actually been listening to their newest album, he would have been listening to "Road to Ruin" (1978)...which does not include the song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend". See more »

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[the Ramones pull up to the high school, where Principal Togar is burning rock and roll albums, and get out of their car]
Riff: Hey, come on, you guys, follow me into the school! Come on!
Mr. McGree: I regret that I have only one life to give for rock and roll!
Riff: Come on, go with us, Mr. McGree. Come on.
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Connections

Featured in Saturday the 14th Strikes Back (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

C'mon Let's Go
Written by Ritchie Valens
Performed by The Paley Brothers
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Goofy and fun
16 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

I have to say that I was really surprised by this movie. It's a lot of fun, especially for fans of Eating Raoul....(Paul Bartel as an uptight music teacher who really loosens up to the Ramones and Mary Woronov as an insane principal with a real vendetta against rock n' roll, and the Ramones in particular). The movie is so high-spirited that I didn't mind its cheesy, ultra low budget look. The Ramones themselves looked pretty bewildered most of the time (especially Joey) but somehow they fit in to the high energy level of the other actors (especially P.J. Soles, who really should have made more movies) and the various shenanigans, many of which are pretty bizarre.


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