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Back to School (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 13 June 1986 (USA)
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To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

Director:

Alan Metter

Writers:

Rodney Dangerfield (story), Greg Fields (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney Dangerfield ... Thornton Melon
Sally Kellerman ... Dr. Diane Turner
Burt Young ... Lou
Keith Gordon ... Jason Melon
Robert Downey Jr. ... Derek Lutz
Paxton Whitehead ... Philip Barbay
Terry Farrell ... Valerie Desmond
M. Emmet Walsh ... Coach Turnbull
Adrienne Barbeau ... Vanessa
William Zabka ... Chas
Ned Beatty ... Dean David Martin
Severn Darden ... Dr. Barazini
Sam Kinison ... Professor Terguson
Robert Picardo ... Giorgio
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ... Self
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Storyline

Millionaire businessman Thornton Melon is upset when his son Jason announces that he is not sure about going to college. Thornton insists that college is the best thing he never had for himself, and to prove his point, he agrees to enroll in school along with his son. Thornton is a big hit on campus: always throwing the biggest parties, knowing all the right people, but is this the way to pass college? Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original music score for the movie was composed by band leader Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo. The band was featured performing their song "Dead Man's Party" at Thornton Melon's dorm party. See more »

Goofs

When Jason is at the party before he goes outside and ends up hitting Chas, he is drinking beer from a bottle. When he exits the building, he is holding a can. See more »

Quotes

Derek: [at the diving competition] You know what you almost never see? Somebody heckling a diver.
[blows an air horn just as a diver is going into his dive]
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, there is a still of Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack (1980). See more »

Alternate Versions

Three scenes are cut from the Comedy Central airing - the "twist and shout" scene in the bar, the "phone conversation with Kurt Vonnegut after getting an F grade" scene, and one of the dives in the final competition. See more »

Connections

References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »

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Educated Girl
Performed by Bobby Caldwell
Written by Bobby Caldwell & Randy Goodrum
Produced by Bobby Caldwell & Randy Goodrum
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Rodney's Best Movie Ever
4 November 2001 | by the93manSee all my reviews

Ever since i was four years old,this movie has been my favorite.Rodney Dangerfield stars as Thornton Melon,a self-made millionare who gets a second chance at college to be with his son who wants to quit cuz he can't get any friends or make the diving team.Throughout the film Rodney makes hilarious wise-cracks and metaphors as usual(a la"Caddyshack","Easy Money"),he also has a chemistry between him and Sally Kellerman,his teacher he falls in love with.The movie is full of silly,inspired,and ocassionally crude humor.Sam Kinison has a cameo as a former mental patient history teacher who blames his students on the Korean War.Very funny.A young Robert Downey(Jr.)stars as his Jason Melon's weirdo friend(with various hair-do's that are also funny)Derek Lutz,and Burt Young(famous for Pauly in the"Rocky"series)stars as Rodney's tough italian chaffaur Lou.And all these charecters are so funny,it makes this movie great.Back To School Rules,10 of 10.


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,881,035, 15 June 1986

Gross USA:

$91,258,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,258,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Black and White (prologue)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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