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Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 July 1987 (USA)
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Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer (high) school, if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on "field trips" - until he's fired unless all his students pass the test.

Director:

Carl Reiner

Writers:

Stuart Birnbaum (story), David Dashev (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Freddy Shoop
Kirstie Alley ... Ms. Robin Elizabeth Bishop
Robin Thomas ... Vice Principal Phil Gills
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Kevin Winchester
Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Pam House
Dean Cameron ... Francis 'Chainsaw' Gremp
Gary Riley ... Dave Frazier
Kelly Jo Minter ... Denise Green (as Kelly Minter)
Ken Olandt ... Larry Kazamias
Shawnee Smith ... Rhonda Altobello
Richard Steven Horvitz ... Alan Eakian
Fabiana Udenio ... Anna-Maria Mazarelli
Francis X. McCarthy ... Principal Kelban (as Frank McCarthy)
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Judge
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Substitute Teacher - Ms. Cura
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Storyline

A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

At Ocean Front High, what do they call a guy who cuts classes, hates homework, and lives for summer vacations? Teacher.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer School See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,012,274, 26 July 1987

Gross USA:

$35,659,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,659,098
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the students take their final exam near the end of the film, the song "Mind Over Matter" plays and is performed by Elizabeth Daily. The song was originally recorded by Debbie Harry (of Blondie), but due to legal conflicts E.G. Daily replaced her on the final soundtrack. However, Blondie's "Rapture" plays in the background during the strip club scene. Also, the 2004 DVD plays the Debbie Harry version during the test scene on the French language track only. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Shoop tells Mr. Gills that the kids are as smart as you and me, and Mr. Gills corrects him, saying you and I; Mr. Gills is the one that's wrong. Mr. Shoop used the correct grammar. See more »

Quotes

Shoop: [trying to get out of teaching summer school] I'm not a real teacher.
Vice Principal Phil Gills: That's okay. They aren't real students.
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Alternate Versions

In some television versions, you see Rhonda enrolling in Lamaze class See more »

Connections

Referenced in Robot Chicken: Robot Chicken's DP Christmas Special (2010) See more »

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User Reviews

One cool movie
6 December 1999 | by fasted_22See all my reviews

This movie is truly a blast from the past. The characters are funny and the plot is very interesting. Personally, the best character's are Dave and Chainsaw due to their "laid back" attitudes in the film. Mark Harmon also does a good job in his role. The movie is in the mid 80's but thats what makes it so interesting.If you have not seen the movie... go rent it, you just might enjoy it. Two thumbs wayyy up.


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