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Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 July 1987 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diversión en el colegio de verano See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$35,658,098
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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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Trivia

Paramount Pictures has been attempting to remake this 1987 film of theirs since 2005 with other development hell incarnations occurring in both 2010 and 2012. See more »

Goofs

At the beach, after Anna-Maria removes her shorts and top to reveal her bikini, she is shown in the background of a subsequent scene with her shorts and top still on. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Winchester: Uh, can Rhonda and I be excused? She's having a baby.
Shoop: You're having a baby?
[climbs over the desks to reach her]
Shoop: Why didn't you say anything?
Rhonda Altobello: I wanted to finish my test.
[walks down the stairs towards the door]
Shoop: Can I get you anything, hot water, a doctor?
Rhonda Altobello: [laughs] Get out of my way.
Shoop: Get out of your way, I can do that.
[to school security]
[...]
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Alternate Versions

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

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We took driver training with Denise...call us a cab!
11 June 2004 | by MovieBuff4245See all my reviews

Lol..Just typing my summary line brings a smile to my face. Summer School is one of those movies that I continually drift back to every now and then for a good pick-me-up. It has very memorable gags and situations involving Chainsaw(Francis Gremp) and Dave are priceless. Mark Harmon does very well as the laid back remedial English teacher,Freddy Shoop. And Kirstie Alley as Robin Bishop is good in her scenes. The real star of the movie for me is Dean Cameron as the aforementioned Chainsaw. Cameron does his usual slacker bit that he does in Ski School and Miracle Beach. But in this movie, it really worked as his dead-pan enthusiasm for horror flicks makes me crack up every time. There are several stereotypical high school people in here but that's part of the 80's. Basic premise is a bunch of misfits have to take English again in summer school and Mr. Shoop has to teach them in order to get a tenure. However,he is a kid at heart himself and has to grow a little with his students who agree to study only if he does them favors. I was elated to see this film finally out on DVD and I picked it up at FYE for only 9.99. "Remember I'm Chainsaw. I'm Dave. We'll see you at the movies".


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