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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.

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Thornton Melon
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Dr. Diane Turner
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Lou
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Jason Melon
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Derek Lutz
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Philip Barbay
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Valerie Desmond
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Coach Turnbull
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Vanessa
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Chas
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Dean David Martin
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Dr. Barazini
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Professor Terguson
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Giorgio
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Himself
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Marge Sweetwater
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Sorority Girl
Dana Allison ...
Young Woman
Boris Aplon ...
Tony Meloni
Nora Boland ...
Agnes
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Girl in Dorm Hallway
Lisa Denton ...
Lisa
Bob Drew ...
Contractor
Holly Hayes ...
Girl in the Crowd
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Young Thornton
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Coed #1 (as Leslie Huntly)
James Ingersoll ...
Judge
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Player #1
Santos Morales ...
Bartender
Beth Peters ...
Mrs. Stuyvesant
Phil Rubenstein ...
Executive #1
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Trendy Man
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Security Guard
Stacey Toten ...
Hot Tub Girl
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Executive #2 (as John Young)
Brad Zutaut ...
Petey
Josh Saylor ...
Student in Diane's Class
William Grauer ...
Drunken Student
Kristen Aldrich ...
Girl in Diane's Class
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Bubbles the Hot Tub Girl (as Beck LeBeau)
Tricia Hill ...
Lisa's Friend
Jill D. Merin ...
Girl at Dorm Party
John William James ...
Man in Stands (as John James)
Eric Alver ...
Student at Fraternity Party
Theresa Lyons ...
Cashier
Dallas Winkler ...
Rodettes
Lisa Montgomery ...
Rodettes (as Lisa Le Cover)
Kimberlee Carlson ...
Rodettes
Curtis Stone ...
Twist & Shout Band Member
Michael Reid ...
Twist & Shout Band Member
Cactus Moser ...
Twist & Shout Band Member
Brian O'Dougherty ...
Twist & Shout Band Member
Davey Faragher ...
Twist & Shout Band Member
Cliffie Stone ...
Twist & Shout Band Member
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Oingo Boingo Band Member
Leon Schneiderman ...
Oingo Boingo Band Member
Steve Bartek ...
Oingo Boingo Band Member (as Steven Bartek)
Dale Turner ...
Oingo Boingo Band Member
Johnny 'Vatos' Hernandez ...
Oingo Boingo Band Member (as John Hernandez)
John Avila ...
Oingo Boingo Band Member
Sam Phipps ...
Oingo Boingo Band Member
Mike Bacich ...
Oingo Boingo Band Member
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Themselves
David Blatt ...
Graduating Student (uncredited)
Jacqi Bowe ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Christine Bridges ...
Grad Student (uncredited)
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Girl in Jacuzzi (uncredited)
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Girl (uncredited)
Lyle Gold ...
Dancer at Party (uncredited)
Shawn McBurney ...
Graduate Student (uncredited)
Randi Randolph ...
Hot Tub Girl #2 (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
Scott Wilder ...
Football Player #2 (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alan Metter

Written by

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Rodney Dangerfield ... (story) &
Greg Fields ... (story) &
Dennis Snee ... (story)
 
Steven Kampmann ... (screenplay) &
William Porter ... (screenplay) (as Will Porter) and
Pj Torokvei ... (screenplay) (as Peter Torokvei) &
Harold Ramis ... (screenplay)
 
Rich Eustis ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Estelle Endler ... executive producer
Michael Endler ... executive producer
Harold Ramis ... executive producer
Chuck Russell ... producer

Music by

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Danny Elfman

Cinematography by

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Thomas E. Ackerman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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David Rawlins

Editorial Department

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Richard Alderete ... apprentice editor
Bob Hagans ... color timer
Darren T. Holmes ... assistant editor (as Darren Holmes)

Casting By

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Caro Jones
Melissa Skoff

Production Design by

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David L. Snyder

Set Decoration by

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Linda DeScenna

Costume Design by

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Durinda Wood

Makeup Department

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Hallie D'Amore ... head makeup artist
Donna Barrett Gilbert ... key hair stylist
Janna Phillips ... assistant makeup artist (as Janna Barbara Phillips)

Production Management

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Chuck Russell ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dustin Bernard ... second second assistant director
Robert P. Cohen ... first assistant director
Steve Cohen ... second assistant director
Michael Looney ... second assistant director: second unit
David Rawlins ... second unit director
Jerry Sobul ... first assistant director: second unit (as Jerald B. Sobul)

Art Department

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David Aaron ... assistant props
Jean Andrews ... standby painter
Stan Ascough ... property master: second unit (as Stanley Ascough)
Carlos Burbano ... greensman
Greg John Callas ... propmaker foreman (as Greg Callas)
Steve Callas ... propmaker foreman
Bruce J. Gfeller ... construction coordinator
Dick Girod ... paint foreman
Steven Curtis Husch ... set dresser (as Steve Husch)
Scott L. London ... assistant property master
Tom McCown ... set dresser
Ric McElvin ... leadman
Margie Stone McShirley ... assistant art director (as Marjorie Stone McShirley)
David Q. Quick ... property master (as David Quick)
David Russell ... production illustrator
Edmund Silkaitis ... set designer
Mike Wells ... propmaker

Sound Department

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Vanessa Theme Ament ... foley walker (as Vanessa Ament)
Gary C. Bourgeois ... sound re-recording mixer: dialogue (as Gary Bourgeois)
Neil Brody ... re-recording mixer
Neil Burrow ... sound editor
Chris Carpenter ... sound effects
Melinda Cooke ... apprentice sound editor
Gordon Davidson ... sound editor
Mark Gordon ... sound editor (as Mark S. Gordon)
Hilda Hodges ... foley walker
Fred Judkins ... supervising sound editor
James J. Klinger ... sound editor
James Matheny ... sound editor (as Jim Matheny)
Tom C. McCarthy ... supervising sound editor (as Tom McCarthy)
Bill Nelson ... sound mixer (as William Nelson)
Mychal Smith ... cable person
Jules Strasser ... boom operator
Don S. Walden ... sound editor
Burton Weinstein ... adr editor
Mike Wilson ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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Michael Lantieri ... special effects supervisor
Tim Moran ... assistant special effects (as Timothy J. Moran)

Visual Effects by

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Rocco Gioffre ... matte artist

Stunts

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Pete Antico ... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett ... stunts (as Gregory Barnett)
Todd Bryant ... stunts
Dana Burgess ... stunt diver: Tandem
Hal Burton ... stunts (as Harold Burton)
John Casino ... stunts
Justin De Rosa ... stunts
David Draves ... stunt diver
Tom Elliott ... stunts
Gary Epper ... stunts
Richard Epper ... stunts
Allan Graf ... stunts
Carlos A. Herzer ... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunts (as Bill Hooker)
Hugh Hooker ... stunts
Gary Hymes ... stunts
Mark Lindout ... stunt diver
Jim Mantrell ... stunt diver: A.E. #1
Anderson Martin ... stunts
Abbe Masel ... stunt diver: Tandem
Don Charles McGovern ... stunts
John Meier ... stunts (as John C. Meier)
William Oliver ... stunts
Noon Orsatti ... stunts
Mike Ostavich ... stunt diver
Manny Perry ... stunts (as Manuel Perry)
Chuck Picerni Jr. ... stunts (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Steve Picerni ... stunts (as Steven Picerni)
Carol Rees ... stunts
Cyndi Lee Rice ... stunts
Michael Runyard ... stunts
Spike Silver ... stunts
Dan Walter ... stunt diver: A.E. #2
Dean Wein ... stunts
Scott Wilder ... stunts
Dick Ziker ... stunt coordinator
Bruce Comtois ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jamie Anderson ... camera operator: second unit (as James Anderson)
Eddie Barber ... "Barber Boom" Camera Boom Operator
Laurin Benson ... grip
Michael W. Blymyer ... lighting technician (as Michael W. Blymer)
Dan Delgado ... best boy electric
Frank Detone Jr. ... rigging grip
Jeff Goldenberg ... second assistant camera
Alan Gornick ... underwater camera operator: second unit (as Alan Gornick Jr.) / underwater cinematographer (as Allan Gornick Jr.)
Danny Jimenez ... dolly grip: second unit (as Daniel Jimenez)
Lee Jimenez ... grip
Manny Jimenez ... best boy grip (as Manuel Jimenez)
Douglas Knapp ... camera operator (as Douglas H. Knapp)
Michael Laws ... lighting technician (as Michael J. Laws)
Jeffrey S. Leader ... first assistant camera: second unit
To Lee ... second assistant camera
Michael Liakos ... grip: second unit
Frederick Moore ... director of photography: second unit
David L. Parrish ... first assistant camera (as David Parrish)
Mark Pearson ... grip
Ted Rhodes ... key grip
Michael G. Riba ... camera technician: second unit (as Michael Riba)
Kenny Rissien ... lighting technician: second unit (as Kenneth Rissien)
Joyce Rudolph ... still photographer
Ward Russell ... gaffer
Michael Salts ... grip
Jeff Stanman ... lighting technician
Dennis Wehr ... lighting technician
Fred White ... lighting technician: second unit (as Frederick White)
Kurt Young ... dolly grip

Casting Department

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Karen Standard ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sandy Ampon ... costumer: women
Ellis Cohen ... costume supervisor
Janet Stout ... costumer: women

Location Management

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Cass Martin ... location manager
Joseph M. O'Har ... location manager
Pam O'Har ... location manager

Music Department

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Bob Badami ... music editor
Steve Bartek ... orchestrator
Dick Bernstein ... music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist
Neil Brody ... music editor
Lennie Niehaus ... instrumental score conductor
Linda Goldner Perry ... music supervisor
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Richard Wolf ... composer: theme music

Transportation Department

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Michael McDuffee ... transportation coordinator
Richard Padgett ... transportation co-captain (as Dick Padgett)
Tim Roslan ... transportation co-captain (as Timothy Roslan)

Other crew

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Julia Alexander ... technical advisor: diving
Alicia Anthony ... post-production auditor
Bonnie Belknap ... food stylist
Jean Claude Bonnardot ... production assistant
Doug Burdinski ... production controller (as Douglas Burdinski)
Joe Camp III ... production assistant (as Joe Camp)
Jean E. Chapman ... first aid (as Jean Chapman)
Dan Curry ... title designer: main title sequence
Rachel Friedman ... assistant to producer
Mark C. Grech ... craft service
Phyllis Levin ... first aid (as Phyllis A. Levin)
Kathy Lymberopoulos ... production associate
Kenneth Mancebo ... pre-production accountant
Mary McLaglen ... production coordinator
Brian McMillan ... head animal trainer
Katherine Ann Moore ... unit publicist
Sharon Morov ... production secretary
Mary Ann Newfield ... script supervisor: second unit
Lori O'Konek ... production secretary: Madison
Regi Plummer ... production assistant
Judy Rosenthal ... script supervisor
Melanie Roy ... production assistant
Margaret Scarpello ... production accountant
Esther Vivante ... script supervisor
William Watts ... production assistant
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Ken Rudolph ... title designer: main title sequence (uncredited)

Thanks

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Estelle Endler ... dedicatee (as Estelle)
Brian Fielkow ... the producers wish to thank
Art Hove ... the producers wish to thank
Shelley Rubnitz ... the producers wish to thank
Fredric Steinkamp ... the producers wish to thank (as Frederick Steinkamp)
Karl F. Steinkamp ... the producers wish to thank (as Karl Steinkamp)
William Steinkamp ... the producers wish to thank

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • À fond la fac (France)
  • Mach's nochmal, Dad (Germany)
  • Regreso a la escuela (Spain)
  • Behazra L'Beit Seffer (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • Okula dönüs (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 96 min
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Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $9,300,000, 15 Jun 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the original script, Rodney Dangerfield's character was poor, but Harold Ramis suggested that it be changed to make him rich. See more »
Goofs While there is a clear diving double for Rodney Dangerfield, there is too big of a difference to be accidental, it is clearly a joke. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Rodney Dangerfield: Twist and Shout (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Back To School See more »
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 »
Quotes Thornton Melon: Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes.
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