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Class of 1984 (1982)

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A new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school.


Mark L. Lester (as Mark Lester)


Tom Holland (story), Mark L. Lester (screenplay) (as Mark Lester) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Perry King ... Andrew Norris
Merrie Lynn Ross ... Diane Norris
Timothy Van Patten ... Peter Stegman
Roddy McDowall ... Terry Corrigan
Stefan Arngrim ... Drugstore
Michael J. Fox ... Arthur (as Michael Fox)
Keith Knight ... Barnyard
Lisa Langlois ... Patsy
Neil Clifford Neil Clifford ... Fallon
Al Waxman ... Detective Stewiski
Erin Noble ... Deneen (as Erin Flannery)
David Gardner David Gardner ... Principal Morganthau
Steve Pernie Steve Pernie ... Rejack
Robert Reece Robert Reece ... Leroy
Joseph Kelly ... Jimmy


There's something strange going on at the graffiti-covered Lincoln High, as teachers are carrying loaded guns, and the students have to walk through a metal detector before they enter the classroom. Before long, the school's new music teacher, Andrew Norris, will learn firsthand that it's even worse than it looks, as the drug-plagued institution is the territory of the charismatic Peter Stegman and his brutal gang of crazed followers. Now, under those dire circumstances, it's only a matter of time before the professor and the pupil lock horns, with unforeseen consequences. But, do drastic times call for drastic measures? In the end, is there a cure for violence? Written by Nick Riganas

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Did You Know?


The film in which Stegman is watching on his TV is "Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976) , one of Mark L. Lester's first films. That film also co-starred Merrie Lynn Ross ("Diane Norris") as 'Pearl Baker'. She not only co-starred but was a producer also, as she was in this film "Class of 1984' (1982) Class of 1984 has proven to be her last film to this very day as an actress. See more »


(at around 21 mins) When Sally auditions for Peter Stegman, the far shots show her wearing some kind of decoration around her neck, while the close-up shots show her neck bare. See more »


[Patsy taunts Andy]
Patsy: Come and get it, teacher teacher!
[kiss kiss kiss; chuckles]
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Alternate Versions

This movie has been banned in Norway but for a couple of years ago it passed through the Norwegian board of film classification and got an 18 rating for its video re-release. The killing with a circular saw was heavily cut in this version. See more »


I Am the Future
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Gary Osborne
Performed by Alice Cooper
Produced by Steve Tyrell
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The Replacement Teacher
12 April 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

On the arrival as a replacement music teacher in a dangerous high school, Andrew Norris (Perry King) befriends his colleague Terry Corrigan (Roddy McDowall). The veteran teacher advises Andrew to overlook what the students do, but Andrew clashes with the seventeen year-old delinquent Peter Stegman (Timothy Van Patten), who is the leader of a violent gang that deals with drugs and prostitution and intimidate the other students. While trying to get evidence to arrest Stegman, Andrew organizes an orchestra with talented students. But the reaction of Stegman and his gangsters put in danger Andrew and his pregnant wife Diane Norris (Merrie Lynn Ross).

"Class of 1984" is a 1982 film that foresees the situation of many schools in the present day. The violence in the early 80´s seemed to be exaggerated but unfortunately has become reality. The performances are believable and the conclusion is satisfactory. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Os Donos do Amanhã" ("The Owners of Tomorrow")

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Release Date:

20 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Class of 1984 See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »


Box Office


$4,300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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