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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

Taglines:

Palmer Woodrow III earned his diploma the old-fashioned way. He hired Eddie Keaton to graduate for him. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Name This Movie 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
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film as a producer for Gene Quintano. See more »

Goofs

The girl school mixer band's rendition of My Sharona in no way corresponds to the band's physical movements. There is not even anyone singing when the vocals are being heard. See more »

Quotes

Palmer Woodrow: What do you recommend?
Caddy: Lessons.
Palmer Woodrow: I meant what club, wise-ass?
Caddy: Aah, if I were you, I'd stick to kicking.
Palmer Woodrow: If you were me, you wouldn't be a caddy.
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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 »

Soundtracks

Body Talk
Written by Tony Swain, Steve Jolley, Leee John and Ashley Ingram
Performed by Imagination
Courtesy of Red Bus Records
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Best 80's Comedy of All Time.
8 July 2006 | by wrweberjrSee all my reviews

For anyone who was alive and well in the 80's this movie is the funniest of all time. Of course you might need to remember the Preppy Handbook, putting pennies in your shoes (or coins from other countries if you wanted to be really cool), nicknames like Bif, Kiki and Buffy, and men wearing pink and yellow.

The star of this movie is the REAL Palmer Woodrow, Dana Olsen. It is a shame it doesn't look like he is still in the business.

The character of Rand is well played and is very, very funny.

Andrew Dice Clay, Gordon Jump and Judd Nelson all put in solid performances.

I have this on DVD...it is great.

I really wish they made Tourista. That would have been excellent.


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