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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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Trivia

Film features popular rides that are no longer existent at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. The parachute ride is seen behind the corkscrew roller coaster the class was riding. See more »

Goofs

On the building the name of the high school is written as OCEANFRONT HIGH SCHOOL with the word oceanfront as one word; however, on one of the students t-shirts, it's written as OCEAN FRONT H.S. and the word oceanfront is shown as two separate words. See more »

Quotes

Alan Eakian: [Eakian shakes Larry awake] Larry, what do you want?
Larry Kazamias: [barely audible] Bed.
[falls back asleep]
Alan Eakian: [to Shoop] Larry wants a bed.
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Alternate Versions

The UK VHS version was cut by 48 secs by the BBFC to remove all footage of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This film was banned on video at the time and so no footage could be included. See more »

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References Jaws 2 (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Second Language
Written by Duncan Pain and Joe Curiale
Performed by Tone Norum
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Entertaining And Fun To Watch
13 March 2005 | by goleafs84See all my reviews

This is one of those movies; If you're looking for intelligence or an Oscar worthy movie, forget it; With this movie, you won't get it. However, if you're looking for a movie where you're looking to be entertained, and laugh out loud, you've found it in this movie.

The characters were a "mixed bag" of people from the jock who got kicked off the football team; The pregnant girl; The boy whose hormones are in overdrive; The suffer girl and of course "Chainsaw" and Dave; the 2 borderline psychos with warped minds, sense of humor and they love the move, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (they were my favorites). They all flunked the English skills test and have the opportunity to retake it, but they have to take a remedial English class in summer school. And then there's Freddie Shoop; The gym teacher looking for tenure, and is forced to teach these kids.

What makes this movie funny, is Freddie Shoop (in addition of the above mentioned), gets in trouble with the school's Vice Principal, when he took his students on "Field trips" to the beach, the petting zoo, amusement parks (to name a few places). So he makes a deal with the Vice Principal; To have them all pass the English skills test; So he will be granted tenure and not be fired, while making a deal with the students; So they will study and pass as well. All this while trying to win the love and affection of a fellow summer school teacher.

What makes this movie interesting now, is this movie has 7 actors who have moved on to bigger and better things. Besides the obvious, (Mark Harmon), there's Kirsty Alley, in her Pre "Cheers" days. Then there's Patrick Labyorteaux (Bud from "Jag"), Ken Oldnt, Cortney Thorne-Smith, of "Melrose Place" and "Ally McBeal" fame and "According to Jim", Shawnee Smith (Linda, From "Becker")and Richard Steven Horovitz whose done many voice characterizations for various Saturday morning cartoons.

Great Movie. I bought this years ago for my video library and will purchase the DVD soon.


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