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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jay-Jay Manners (as Michael Fox)
... Beth Franklin
... Otto Lipton
... Miss D'Angelo
... Milton Feld
... Mr. Plaza
... Nadine
... Cara Ames
... Anne-Marie Conklin
... Beau Middleton
Frank Bank ... Mr. Gerardi
... Mrs. Franklin
... Principal Pete Kinney
... Dr. Fritz Hauptmann
... Mr. Krinsky, Janitor
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Set in a senior high school class, J.J. pursues the girlfriend of a rival from a higher clique.

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16 October 1983 (USA)  »

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Academia de Loucuras  »

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Anthony Edwards, who plays the king prep Beau Middleton in this film, would play the opposite in the hit film, Revenge of the Nerds (1984), playing Gilbert the ultimate super nerd opposite Robert Carradine, which was a breakout hit for 20th Century Fox. See more »

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When Beau finds out that JJ plans to race Beau's Porsche in Mr. Feld's new Trans Am, Beau gets concerned and asks Anne-Marie to cause an accident that will damage the Trans Am. This makes no sense, since the Trans Am is a late 70s model and would not stand a chance against any Porsche from the 80s, since all model Porsches from that time could go from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 5 seconds and have twice the horsepower, as opposed to the late 70s model Trans Am, which would take over 8 seconds to do the same. Anyone who owned a Porsche would know this. See more »

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Beth Franklin: [about Jay Jay] I think he's kinda cute.
Beau Middleton: Who's kinda cute?
Beth Franklin: You, of course. Especially when you're angry. Your dimple twitches.
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Spoofs Porky's (1981) See more »

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An 80's classic and an absolute MUST for Crispin Glover fans!
21 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to some of the other comments, Crispin Glover actually does have a big role here, so much so that he should have been listed 2nd or 3rd in the credits. And yes, he does steal the show. Also the chemistry he has with Fox is excellent, and makes for a great double feature with Back To The Future. It is a shame the two didn't make more films together.

Anyways, this is one of the best films of the 80's, TV or otherwise. And its one of the best high-school oriented films as well. The cast is perfect and the story is cute and funny. Also expect some major star-gazing from a who's-who of vintage TV, along with many now-famous movie stars. And above all, for those who lived through this era, it will be a slice of nostalgia heaven.

So give this neglected classic some love! Pronto!


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