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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.


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Riff Randell
Tom Roberts
Kate Rambeau
Miss Togar
Mr. McGree
Police Chief
Screamin' Steve Stevens
Coach Steroid
Fritz Hansel
Daniel Davies ...
Fritz Gretel
Lynn Farrell ...
Angel Dust
School Board President
Barbara Ann Grimes ...
Cafeteria Lady (as Barbara Ann Walters)
Terry Soda ...
Joe Van Sickle ...
Joey Ramone
Johnny Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone
Marky Ramone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ticket Taker in Green Shirt (uncredited)
David N. Barber ...
Native American Scalper (uncredited)
Pink Cadillac Driver (uncredited)
Giant White Mouse / Mrs. Mouse (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Concert Girl with Ear Muffs (uncredited)
Ann Chatterton ...
Student (uncredited)
Darby Crash ...
Audience Member in White Jacket (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Riot Cop with Sunglasses (uncredited)
Sylvia Dante ...
Nun (uncredited)
Audience Member (uncredited)
Russ Dvonch ...
Student Carried by Football Players (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Announcer (uncredited)
Student (uncredited)
Chemistry Teacher (uncredited)
Ben Haller ...
Roadie with Cocaine (uncredited)
John Hateley ...
Student (uncredited)
French Teacher (uncredited)
Brian Markovitz ...
Scalper Kid in Line (uncredited)
School Board Member (uncredited)
Monte Melnick ...
Road Manager with Mustache (uncredited)
Linda Ramone ...
Concert Girl in Hallway (uncredited)
The Ramones (uncredited)
Guy in Line at Mayan Theater (uncredited)
Teri Schwartz ...
Nun (uncredited)
Tammy Trujillo ...
Girl in Locker Room (uncredited)
Arturo Vega ...
Concert Guy in Hallway (uncredited)
George Wagner ...
Man Proposing in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Gigi Williams ...
Concert Girl in Hallway (uncredited)

Directed by

Allan Arkush
Joe Dante ... (uncredited)

Written by

Richard Whitley ... (screenplay by) &
Russ Dvonch ... (screenplay by) and
Joseph McBride ... (screenplay by)
Allan Arkush ... (story by) &
Joe Dante ... (story by)

Produced by

Roger Corman ... executive producer
Michael Finnell ... producer (produced by)

Cinematography by

Dean Cundey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Larry Bock
Gail Werbin

Editorial Department

Kent Beyda ... assistant editor
Mark Helfrich ... assistant editor

Art Direction by

Marie Kordus

Set Decoration by

Linda Pearl

Costume Design by

Jack Buehler

Makeup Department

Gigi Williams ... hairdresser / makeup

Production Management

Mark Radcliffe ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jon Davison ... second unit director
Gerald T. Olson ... first assistant director
Caren Singer ... second assistant director
Jerry Zucker ... second unit director
Bruce Fritzberg ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Craig Storper ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)

Art Department

Mark Toepfer ... assistant art director
Richard Upper ... main title design

Sound Department

Rhonda Baer ... boom operator
J.A. Markovitch ... sound mixer: concert sound
Michael C. Moore ... sound mixer (as Michael Moore)

Special Effects by

Frank DeMarco ... special effects
Roger George ... special effects


Bruce Paul Barbour ... stunt player
Ann Chatterton ... stunt player
Debbie Evans ... stunt player
Jack Gill ... stunt player
George Giordano ... stunt performer
John Hateley ... stunt player
Kay Kimler ... stunt player

Camera and Electrical Department

Carin Abramson ... still photographer
Chris Brightman ... grip
Clyde E. Bryan ... second unit cameraman (as Clyde Bryan)
Scott Buttfield ... electrician
Steve Caldwell ... grip
Mark Shane Davis ... gaffer (as Mark Davis)
Tim Doughten ... grip
Paul Elliott ... camera assistant
Steven Fierberg ... electrician (as Steve Fierberg)
Steve Mathis ... best boy
Krishna Rao ... camera assistant
Fred Roscolene ... key grip
Thomas Vanghele ... camera assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Linda M. Bass ... assistant wardrobe (as Linda Bass)

Music Department

Jane Alsobrook ... music consultant
Jonathan Brett ... soundtrack coordinator
Michael Z. Gordon ... composer: additional music
Joel Soifer ... music re-mix engineer
Phil Spector ... music re-mixer
Ed Stasium ... musical director: Ramones
Seymour Stein ... soundtrack coordinator

Script and Continuity Department

Jeanne Rosenberg ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Chris Brightman ... driver

Additional Crew

Susan Arnold ... extras coordinator
Rob Bottin ... giant mouse creator
Bruce Frankel ... production assistant
Richard Graddis ... production assistant
Ernie Guderjahn ... extras coordinator
Siana Lee Hale ... choreographer
Terry Hutner ... production coordinator
Jennifer Radcliffe ... production assistant
Michael Silvers ... production assistant
Kent Adamson ... production assistant (uncredited)
James Cameron ... production assistant (uncredited)
Gale Anne Hurd ... production assistant (uncredited)
Vincent Prentice ... co-creator: giant mouse (uncredited)


Joe Dante ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Hey ho, Let's go! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Disco High (United States)
  • California Girls (United States)
  • Girl's Gym (United States)
  • Heavy Metal Kids (United States)
  • High School Spirit of '76 (United States)
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  • 93 min
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Budget $300,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia 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 »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Ramones: Do You Wanna Dance? (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Alley Cat See more »
Quotes Miss Togar: Do your parents *know* that you're Ramones?
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