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Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Music | 1982 (Italy)
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Ramones fanatic and delinquent Riff Randell battle it out with the strict new principle of Vince Lombardi High School, Miss Togar, with help from the Ramones.

Directors:

Allan Arkush, Joe Dante (uncredited)

Writers:

Richard Whitley (screenplay by), Russ Dvonch (screenplay by) | 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 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>

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Taglines:

Will your school be NEXT? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The origins of the film's plot were seeded in an old favorite story told to co-writer Joseph McBride by his father, the Milwaukee Journal's Raymond E. McBride, who held a walkout at the Central High School in Superior, Wisconsin during the 1920s. See more »

Goofs

During the explosions at the school, the "Rock and Roll High School" banner is backwards in one frame, revealing use of a mirror image. See more »

Quotes

Eaglebauer: Now, this next step can either make or break a successful date. A one handed approach, strap unfastening, is a basic skill that must be mastered. Now, watch closely as I demonstrate. There's the hook. The snap. There is the double hook. There is the dreaded mini hook. And, if you play your cards right, the easy open, frontal assault.
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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 »

Connections

Edited into Ramones: I Want You Around (1979) See more »

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High School
Written and performed by MC5
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Goofy and fun
16 January 2002 | by drosse67See 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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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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Company Credits

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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