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Three O'Clock High (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 9 October 1987 (USA)
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A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day's end.

Director:

Phil Joanou

Writers:

Richard Christian Matheson, Tom Szollosi (as Thomas Szollosi)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Casey Siemaszko ... Jerry Mitchell
Annie Ryan Annie Ryan ... Franny Perrins (as Anne Ryan)
Richard Tyson ... Buddy Revell
Stacey Glick ... Brei Mitchell
Jonathan Wise Jonathan Wise ... Vincent Costello
Jeffrey Tambor ... Mr. Rice
Philip Baker Hall ... Detective Mulvahill
John P. Ryan ... Mr. O'Rourke
Liza Morrow Liza Morrow ... Karen Clarke
Artie Rose Artie Rose ... Bruce Chalmer (as Scott Tiler)
Guy Massey Guy Massey ... Scott Cranston
Theron Read Theron Read ... Mark Bojeekus
Mike Jolly Mike Jolly ... Craig Mattey
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Voytek Dolinski
Mitch Pileggi ... Duke Herman
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Storyline

The nerd Jerry Mitchell is responsible for the student store at the Weaver High-School. When the troublemaker delinquent Buddy Revell is transferred from a continuation high-school, one teacher assigns Jerry to write an article about the notorious Buddy Revell to the school newspaper. Jerry stumbles upon Buddy in the bathroom and touches the shoulder of the bad boy that schedules a fight with Jerry at three o'clock at the parking lot. Along the day, Jerry tries to find a means to avoid the fight. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Jerry Mitchell just bumped into Buddy Revell. Now Jerry isn't thinking about math or english. Because at three o'clock, he's history. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3:00 High See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,506,975, 12 October 1987

Gross USA:

$3,685,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,685,862
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was a box office bomb, but would later gain notoriety on the home video market. See more »

Goofs

At the final fight scene in the parking lot, the crowd surrounding them is heard cheering, though no one is actually shown doing so. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Revell: You and me, we're gonna have a fight. Today. After school. Three o'clock. In the parking lot. You try and run, I'm gonna track you down. You go to a teacher, it's only gonna get worse. You sneak home, I'm gonna be under your bed.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 High School Fights in Movies (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Something To Remember Me By
Performed by Jim Walker
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A great film that was never given a fair chance.
22 June 2005 | by RT FireflySee all my reviews

Another little known, rarely mentioned film that for unknown reasons fell between the cracks. When atrocities like The Wild Wild West and Men In Black I & II make hundreds of millions, it is an enigma that great films such as Three O'clock High languish in obscurity. I am an avid film buff but have no recollection of this movie ever being released. It only made 3.7 mil. at the box office, I wonder if the director stepped on the wrong toes and someone intentionally tanked the project? IMDb trivia says Stephen Spielberg executive produced it, but had his name removed from the credits. That is always a negative thing in Hollywood, something done in protest. Joanou's trivia says he once punched out a studio executive on the set, could this be that set? Very strange, and what a pity, because this is a very good film. I gave it a 10 to up it's IMDb rating, though it is probably more like an 8. It has it's moments, however, that are well worth checking out, that occasionally make it worthy of a 10.

One of the more enjoyable elements of this film is the photography. Director Joanou, who started in music videos, teams up with Barry Sonnenfeld, of Coen brothers fame, and makes for some highly stylized cinematography. Though some of it might seem passé today, keep in mind at the time it was made (1987) nobody was doing anything like it. Guy Ritchie seems to have been influenced by it... 13 years later.

Superb performances by the two leads, Casey Siemaszko and especially Richard Tyson as the bully. The only time I have seen Tyson match his caliber here was in, of all things, Something About Mary, but I still think he has it in him. He plays a great heavy. The film is a bit slow now and then. Certain bits could be completely removed and the film would be better off without it. Overall it is a good film and, save a little language, safe for kids. Also, great soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Check it out.


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