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High School U.S.A. (1983)

Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique.


Rod Amateau




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Jay-Jay Manners (as Michael Fox)
Nancy McKeon ... Beth Franklin
Todd Bridges ... Otto Lipton
Angela Cartwright ... Miss D'Angelo
Bob Denver ... Milton Feld
Dwayne Hickman ... Mr. Plaza
Lauri Hendler ... Nadine
Dana Plato ... Cara Ames
Crystal Bernard ... Anne-Marie Conklin
Anthony Edwards ... Beau Middleton
Frank Bank Frank Bank ... Mr. Gerardi
Elinor Donahue ... Mrs. Franklin
Tony Dow ... Principal Pete Kinney
Steve Franken ... Dr. Fritz Hauptmann
David Nelson ... Mr. Krinsky, Janitor


Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique.

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The school used in the filming of High School U.S.A. is Excelsior High School in Norwalk, CA, where Grease 2 (1982) and the TV show Square Pegs (1982) was filmed. See more »


The Trans Am switches from a 1979-81 model to a base model 1973 Firebird when it enters the construction area and in a public park staircase (note the rear quarter panel, absence of a front fender vent, and the rear bumper (after the vehicle is crashed). See more »


Peggy: We'll take a nature shot. The ultimate nature shot. I'm talking au naturelle.
Nadine: Oh no! I'm not taking my clothes off. No way! I once took my clothes off at the drive-in for Eddie Hansen. He went to get popcorn and he never came back. I'm never taking my clothes off again in front of anybody. Not even my husband, unless he's Burt Reynolds. Maybe Richard Gere. Possibly...
Peggy: Nadine? May I finish what I was trying to say?
Nadine: Who's stopping you?
Peggy: What do you think of this? We'll take a picture of Beau ...
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »


Blue Danube Waltz
Music by Johann Strauss
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An incredibly entertaining movie!
17 August 1999 | by Skip McCoySee all my reviews

More people should watch this movie. I'm quite sure they won't enjoy it as much as my friends or I, but the cast is so fun that it's worth a look. Rowdy class clown J.J. (double J) Manners (Michael J. Fox) is certainly smitten after he bumps in to Beth Franklin (Nancy McKeon) in the hallway. Big problem though-she's dating Beau Middleton (Anthony Edwards) the cocky king of the preps! A class struggle ensues and it's quite wacky to watch it unfold. The supporting cast here is really interesting. You've got Todd Bridges and Dana Plato (Different Strokes), Crystal Bernard (future star of Wings) and a plethora of actors and actresses from older TV shows. Bob Denver plays Crispin Glover's pet supply selling dad. Tony Dow plays the high school's principle. There's even a scene where Anthony Edwards pulls and Eddie Haskell on Eddie Haskell himself (Ken Osmond). There's nothing too original about the plot of this baby (it is a TV movie after all), but it became really addictive for me and a couple of my friends. It's fun to throw quotes around from it. All in all, well worth a couple bucks to watch on video (although I haven't found it in too many video stores). Give it a chance with low expectations and I'm quite sure you won't be too dissatisfied.

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Release Date:

16 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Covina, California, USA See more »

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Hill/Mandelker Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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