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Back to School (1986)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thornton Melon
... Dr. Diane Turner
... Lou
... Jason Melon
... Derek Lutz
... Philip Barbay
... Valerie Desmond
... Coach Turnbull
... Vanessa
... Chas
... Dean David Martin
... Dr. Barazini
... Professor Terguson
... Giorgio
... Himself
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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.

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

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De vuelta al colegio  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,300,000, 15 June 1986

Gross USA:

$91,258,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Terry Farrell (Valerie Desmond) and Robert Picardo (Giorgio) later starred in a "Star Trek" series: Farrell played Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), while Picardo played the Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). They appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Doctor Bashir, I Presume (1997). See more »

Goofs

During the final dive meet the diver who gets blinded by the mirror courtesy of Derrick has his appearance change from skinny with longer dark hair before the dive to a much stockier individual with short blonde hair during the dive. See more »

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Professor Terguson: You remember that thing we had about 30 years ago called the Korean conflict? And how we failed to achieve victory? How come we didn't cross the 38th parallel and push those rice-eaters back to the Great Wall of China?
Professor Terguson: [rips a desk apart] Then take the fucking wall apart
[shouts]
Professor Terguson: brick by brick and nuke them back into the fucking stone age forever? Tell me why! How come? Say it! Say it!
Thornton Melon: [incensed] All right. I'll say it. 'Cause Truman was too much of a *pussy wimp* to let MacArthur go in there
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with the message: "For Estelle. Thanks so much." This is a dedication to Estelle Endler, Rodney Dangerfield's manager and one of the executive producers of the film, who died during production. See more »

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Everybody's Crazy
Written by Michael Bolton
Performed by Michael Bolton
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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school is cool
1 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

In what might be the apex of Rodney Dangerfield's career, he plays boorish millionaire Thornton Melon, finally attending college. The movie is really an excuse for Dangerfield to be a complete goof-off, containing every silly thing imaginable. Possibly the best line is Thornton's comment about Longfellow.

As for the other characters, Keith Gordon does OK as Thornton's son Jason, but Robert Downey Jr. is even neater as Jason's ultra-left-wing friend Derek, who even has a theory about the fascism of football. Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, M. Emmet Walsh, Adrienne Barbeau, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison and Robert Picardo are all pretty good in their roles (there's even an appearance by Kurt Vonnegut). It's just that this is Rodney Dangerfield's movie all the way. I think that it's quite safe to assert that the Man Who Got No Respect will truly be missed.

A hilarious movie.


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