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Making the Grade (1984)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 18 May 1984 (USA)
A spoiled rich young man hires a young hustler, who lives in a broken car and owes money to a dicey loan shark, to take his place in his elite prep school and graduate for him.

Director:

Dorian Walker

Writers:

Gene Quintano (screenplay), Gene Quintano (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Nelson ... Eddie Keaton
Jonna Lee Jonna Lee ... Tracey Hoover
Gordon Jump ... Mr. Harriman
Walter Olkewicz ... Coach Wordman
Ronald Lacey ... Nicky
Dana Olsen Dana Olsen ... Palmer Woodrow
Carey Scott ... Rand
Scott McGinnis ... Bif
Andrew Dice Clay ... Dice (as Andrew Clay)
John Dye ... Skip
Dan Schneider ... Blimp (as Daniel Schneider)
John Stevens John Stevens ... Mr. Hoover
Lucile Doan Ewing Lucile Doan Ewing ... Mrs. Hoover (as Lucille Ewing)
Patrice Watson Patrice Watson ... Muffy
Moses Peace Moses Peace ... Regis
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Storyline

Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow hires street-smart Eddie Keaton to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover Academy bully. When his bookie from the old neighborhood, Dice, comes to collect on Eddie's gambling debts and Palmer returns early from Europe, the the scheme slowly starts to unravel. Soon, Eddie can't even tell whose side he's really on. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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If you can't make . . . fake it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last American Preppy See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,760,856, 20 May 1984

Gross USA:

$4,561,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,561,346
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The name of the higher education institution was the "Hoover Academy". This place of learning was portrayed by the real life Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie/Palmer is finishing his breakdance moves at the mixer, his spin finishes with his left leg over his right and in the next scene, his right leg is over his left. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Townsend: As your father's personal assistant...
Palmer Woodrow: You're an ass-kissing joke!
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Crazy Credits

Palmer and Eddie will return in Tourista Coming Soon See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Loud House: Making the Grade/Vantastic Voyage (2017) See more »

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Far From Over
Written by Frank Stallone and Vince DiCola
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better than average formula teen flick
19 April 2000 | by sychonicSee all my reviews

Back in the mid-eighties the movie industry churned out teen comedies trying to capture some of the spark and success of Caddyshack and Animal House. Mostly, they failed. Class, Private School, all of the Revenge of the Nerd flicks, and even the high brow attempts like the John Hughes films, all ended up formulaic, inane, poorly plotted, and silly. Perhaps the only exception is Risky Business which rises above the genre. "Making the Grade", however, is not an exception. It has all the same problems as "Breakfast Club" or "Better Off Dead" or "Sixteen Candles". But if you're in the mood for this kind of movie, I'd pick this one up rather than any of the others. It captures some of the attitudes and styles of the time quite nicely, like when the preppy nerd is trying to teach urban kid Judd Nelson how to dress for prep school. And Dana Olsen is absolutely hysterical, easily stealing the movie, as the obnoxious rich kid hiring Nelson to complete school for him. The movie has some genuinely funny scenes mixed in with the snobs versus slobs formula. Don't expect much, but low expectations are the key to a good time with a movie like this.


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