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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
Scott Tiler Scott Tiler ... Bruce Chalmer
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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When school's over, it's all over. 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Debut theatrical feature film directed by movie director Phil Joanou. See more »

Goofs

Snow on the mountains in the background disappears quickly. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Revell: You know what Mitchell? You're the biggest pussy I've ever seen in my life. Didn't even try. How does that feel?
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Referenced in South Park: Breast Cancer Show Ever (2008) See more »

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Something To Remember Me By
Performed by Jim Walker
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What's wrong with this film???
20 April 2004 | by paulbrecSee all my reviews

I have just discovered this film recently. It was never very popular, and I don't know why. I am surprised that a few people can't stand this film. After viewing the DVD a few times, I can honestly say that overall this is not a bad film. The directing is superb. I liked the way the director uses time...the passage of time...and shows its relationship and importance to the story. I also liked the camera blocking, and angles. My favorite shot is of the bully walking out of the school just before the fight: The camera zooms in and tilts up at a low level. A technique taught in film school to show a subject as "larger-than-life", or menacing over something. The acting was also excellent. Richard Tyson is great as the bully. His deep voice is well suited for this role, and is especially noted if you have a subwoofer. Yeah, I wouldn't want to fight him, either... Although the story is "typical", I like the plot-line. Throughout the whole story, the plot slowly builds to an amazing climax, then drops suddenly, and levels off. Its a perfect plot-line. Although, some parts of the story are "far-fetched". Such as, Jerry pretending to fall in love with his English teacher. One thing to remember, though, this is fiction. Sometimes in fiction, things happen that are unlikely in real life. That's why its called "fiction". Other than the bland "typical" story, I could not find anything wrong with this film. I have yet to even find so much as a continuity error. In conclusion, if you are looking for "content" you will be disappointed with this film. However, if you are looking for a well-directed film with good use of camera blocking and angles, and actor positioning, you will find this to be a very enjoyable film. ACTING: 9.1 / 10 DIRECTING: 9.4 / 10 STORY: 8.8 / 10

AVERAGE: 9.1 / 10 A lost Gem, and a must see for "film people".


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