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Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 1982 (Italy)
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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 ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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:

1982 (Italy) 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:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite playing a high school student, P.J. Soles was 28 when the movie was filmed, and was actually older than three of the four members of the Ramones (only Johnny Ramone was older than Soles). See more »

Goofs

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: Those Ramones are peculiar.
Police Chief Klein: They're ugly. Ugly, ugly people.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1 min 39 secs to remove all footage of cocaine and reefers. The cuts were fully restored for the 2002 Prism DVD. See more »

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Soundtracks

Rock 'n' Roll High School
Written by Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone
Performed by Ramones and P.J. Soles
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Sure it's dumb and the acting is bad...but it still manages to be fun.
5 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Rock 'n' Roll High School" is clearly a bad film. The acting ranges from very bad to very broad--and there isn't much else. The plot is practically non-existent. And, the film is just cheap--very, very cheap--which isn't surprising since it's a Roger Corman film. Corman managed to make a ton of money on nearly every one of his 400 or so films--mostly because with minuscule budgets, it was practically impossible NOT to make money! So when you watch the film, don't expect an Oscar-contender! It's just a very cheap film that was intended for a very narrow audience...teens. But it's also a cult film--one that has some very devoted fans. While I don't think the film is wonderful, it's far more than just a cheap-o film--there are some things about it that are actually rather enjoyable.

The film is set at Vince Lombardi High School. The principal is a fun-hating fascist and the students are mostly interested in sex, drugs and rock and roll. And, that really is THE plot of the film--in addition to including the punk group The Ramones. I am a huge Ramones fan and STILL am amazed they agreed to do the movie. After all, they had no respect for authority (that was their shtick) and yet here they appear in a film that is filled with LOTS of lameness. Lame...very lame. But it's nice they were in the film because although there isn't a plot, it is nice to hear their songs--and many of their best songs. My advice is to ignore the plot, listen to the songs and enjoy the goofy moments. My favorite goofy parts were every minute Clint Howard was in the film as well as every time a mouse appeared as well! You just have to see the film to understand what I mean.

Overall, for enjoyability I'd give this one a 7. For quality of production, perhaps a 2. Overall, a 5 seems reasonable. Now the film is NOT for all tastes. There is lots of inappropriate behavior by the teens, so I assume a lot of folks wouldn't understand the film. Also, if you are a young person who knows little of the late 70s, you'll probably just laugh at the ridiculous fashions and dopiness of the film. BUT, if you are a middle-aged guy like me who thinks the Ramones are one of the greatest groups in history, then are you in for a treat!


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