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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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Stars: Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, George Wagner
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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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Trivia

Hand-written posters visible on the walls during the Ear Mail sequence include a recruiting poster for the People's Temple offering free Kool-Aid and a film club poster advertising a double-feature showing of Death Race 2000 (1975) (directed by Paul Bartel) and Hollywood Boulevard (1976) (directed by Allan Arkushand Joe Dante). See more »

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During filming of the concert scenes, the camera focused on P.J. Soles and Dey Young ran at the wrong speed, giving the footage a very speeded-up look. The filmmakers added the scenes into the picture anyway. See more »

Quotes

Miss Togar: This... is the Rock-o-meter.
Coach Steroid: Gee!
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Referenced in TruInside: Heathers (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
Written by Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone
Performed by Ramones
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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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