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Graduation Day (1981)

R | | Horror, Mystery | 1 May 1981 (USA)
A masked killer begins murdering students on the school track team after a track runner dies upon completion of a 30 second 200-meter race.

Director:

Herb Freed
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Coach Michaels
Patch Mackenzie ... Anne Ramstead
E. Danny Murphy E. Danny Murphy ... Kevin
E.J. Peaker ... Blondie
Michael Pataki ... Guglione
Richard Balin Richard Balin ... Roberts
Carmen Argenziano ... Halliday
Beverly Dixon Beverly Dixon ... Elaine Ramstead
Virgil Frye ... MacGregor
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... Ronald Corliss
Denise Cheshire ... Sally
Bill Hufsey ... Tony (as Billy Hufsey)
Linnea Quigley ... Dolores
Karen Abbott Karen Abbott ... Joanne
Vanna White ... Doris
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Storyline

After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin. Written by matt-282

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Taglines:

The Midvale Track Team Will Soon Be Running For Their Lives! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colegio infernal See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$460,000, 12 January 1982

Gross USA:

$23,894,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in three weeks. See more »

Goofs

When the band is playing during the skate party there is one instance where the drummer is sitting at his kit and not playing during the song. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Corliss: Why didn't you call us at the airport? I'd have picked you up.
Anne Ramstead: I got here all right.
Ronald Corliss: Yeah. I can see that.
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, the killer is shown holding the stopwatch he uses to time his murders. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Devil Incarnate (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Lucky Strike
by Jeff Spry, Joe Spry & Doug Burlison
Performed by Felony (uncredited)
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Typical 80s slasher flick but still a must see by default!
6 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

GRADUATION DAY is not a "good" or original film by any stretch, but it has plenty that others of its ilk do not and is pure entertainment from start to finish!

Laura, a young high school track star, accidentally dies, prompting someone to start killing off the entire team for revenge. The black-gloved and sweatsuited killer keeps a picture of the team in a locker to X out the faces of those dead and kills characters in very silly ways (a pole vaulter jumps on spikes, a lanced football, a fencing sword through the neck...) So, who exactly is responsible? Just take a look at THIS roster of suspects (whew!):

Could it be Christopher George as high-pressure a$$hole coach George Michaels? E. Danny Murphy as Laura's disgruntled, harmonica-playing boyfriend? Michael Pataki as the school principal, who cuts an apple with a switchblade? Patch MacKenzie as the dead girls butch marine sister, Anne? E.J. Peaker as harried secretary Blondie? Vanna White (!) as a giggly blonde who discovers a corpse in a locker? Linnea Quigley as a pot-smoking teen tramp who blackmails the horny music teacher? Carmen Argenziano as a lurking detective? Virgil Frye as a narking, slow-witted cop? With this crew, is it possible to watch and NOT be entertained?

Make sure you don't overlook the THREE long musical numbers, disco roller skating sequence and flash editing cuts that make you think you're on speed. I think I like it!


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