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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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Rod Amateau
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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It's the Students vs The Teachers See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Academia de Loucuras See more »

Filming Locations:

Covina, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hill/Mandelker Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film featured teen stars that were featured on hit shows, or making their debuts that would lead to successful careers on television and in film. They include: Michael J. Fox, who was on Family Ties (1982) and Spin City (1996), and would breakout theatrically with Back To The Future (1985) and Teen Wolf (1985), Nancy McKeon was on The Facts of Life (1979), and worked with Fox again on Poision Ivy (1985), Anthony Edwards was in Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) and would breakout with Revenge of The Nerds (1984) and eventually ER (1994), Dana Plato and Todd Bridges were the stars of Diff'rent Strokes (1978), Crystal Bernard starred on Wings (1990) with Tim Daly and Steven Weber, Crispin Glover appeared in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), and would work with Fox again on Back To The Future (1985), and Jonathan Gries would co-star in the hit series Martin (1992), starring Martin Lawrence, and also co-starred in Fright Night (1985) with Roddy McDowell and William Ragsdale, and Get Shorty (1995) with John Travolta and Gene Hackman. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jay-Jay Manners: Do you know Beth Franklin?
Otto Lipton: Yeah. She's goin' out with Beau Middleton. So unless you got twenty-five million dollars and a lifetime supply of Brut, forget about it.
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Connections

References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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An 80's classic and an absolute MUST for Crispin Glover fans!
21 October 2008 | by MisterWhispySee 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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