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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie Keaton
Jonna Lee ... Tracey Hoover
... Mr. Harriman
... Coach Wordman
... Nicky
Dana Olsen ... Palmer Woodrow
... Rand
... Bif
... Dice (as Andrew Clay)
... Skip
... Blimp (as Daniel Schneider)
John Stevens ... Mr. Hoover
Lucile Doan Ewing ... Mrs. Hoover (as Lucille Ewing)
Patrice Watson ... Muffy
Moses Peace ... Regis
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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>

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$1,760,856, 20 May 1984

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$4,561,346
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Trivia

Dice (Andrew Dice Clay)'s nickname was "The Diceman". See more »

Goofs

When Eddie is throwing rocks at his girlfriend's window, all of his dialogue is dubbed in as his lips don't move once, all while facing the camera. See more »

Quotes

Caddy: Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like, yes it is! It's slicing toward the elm trees!
Palmer Woodrow: Who are you, Curt fucking Gowdy?
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Palmer and Eddie will return in Tourista Coming Soon See more »

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Spoofs Staying Alive (1983) See more »

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Come If You Want To
Written by Michael Linn and Richard Kraft
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Best 80's Comedy of All Time.
8 July 2006 | by See 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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