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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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When school's over, it's all over. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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)

Gross USA:

$3,685,862
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Later film director Barry Sonnenfeld worked as the cinematographer on this picture and was also billed as a "lighting consultant." See more »

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After the pep rally, Jerry goes to the bathroom and enters the third stall. When the kids with the movie camera come in, they find him in the fourth stall. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Mitchell: Its a good read, fast angry sexual. I was thinking about the syntax and how it affected the overall mood. Particularly in the more expository passages; in the fifth chapter where honey meets the whole Australian soccer team.
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References Risky Business (1983) See more »

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Something To Remember Me By
Performed by Jim Walker
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Suburban High School Masterpiece -- 10 (classic)
9 May 2005 | by jimboduckSee all my reviews

Three O' Clock High Suburban High School Masterpiece – 10 (classic)

At age thirteen, I was beginning to question my place in the flux of society. Did I belong to that group or that group? Little did I know that I was to hit puberty soon, whereupon a new cocktail of hormones would knock my brain out of childhood and into the world of minimum wages, TV, and weapons of mass destruction.

No other movie I can think of captures that sense of stark naked individuality as poignantly as THREE O'CLOCK HIGH. This brilliant film features a hero and a villain, both of whom are loners. The hero, played by Casey Siemaszko, is a born loser, the one who realizes that his fly is open during public speaking class and faces the laughter of all the normal kids. The villain, a young and fresh Richard Tyson, who was born to play this role, is the psychotic biker thug who never says a word and never allows anyone to touch him. The two loners have an unlucky encounter one morning, and as Jerry Mitchell apologizes he accidentally touches Buddy Revell's jacket. That's where the shat goes down, and soon the whole school is abuzz with the latest news: fight at three o' clock. Buddy Revell vs. Jerry Mitchell.

THREE O' CLOCK HIGH is directed and edited with supreme wit. Every second of the day is stretched to darkly humorous extremes. Each tick of the clock brings the audience closer to doom and a zoom closer into Jerry's sweaty forehead. Anyone who's set foot in an American school will be up in stitches suffering from that kind of uncontrollable laughter that bubbles up from the sternum. As he over-interprets the things he sees around him, Jerry Mitchell's fear reaches out through the screen and tickles your stomach. No other pathetic loser role has been played as well ever or since in my opinion.

I don't think that any of the cast & crew of this classic film have had the industry standard "illustrious" career, but who cares? They all came together in 1987 to make a movie that changed the course of my life. Stephen Spielberg was involved in THREE 'O CLOCK HIGH's production, but I don't know exactly where. Anne Ryan did a stellar job as Jerry's proto-goth girlfriend. Who knows what she's doing now? By now the children of 1987 are all grown up and running the rat race in a gerbil wheel.

THREE O' CLOCK HIGH will resurface all of the high school emotions that you want to forget. Do you remember wetting your pants, the puppy dog love, or being abandoned by your close friends? One thing is for sure. Watching this movie will evoke those emotions, including the deepest of thrills – overcoming the odds and getting that half-assed paper in on time.

JY

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