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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.


Phil Joanou


Richard Christian Matheson, Tom Szollosi (as Thomas Szollosi)





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 ... 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 ... Craig Mattey
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Voytek Dolinski
Mitch Pileggi ... Duke Herman


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 »




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Did You Know?


The wording on the customized car license plate from the Golden State read: "SUPRMOM". See more »


When the football player goes to beat Buddy up in the library (after Jerry had paid him to do so), he pokes Buddy's chest with his index finger. When his finger presses on Buddy's shirt you can see the outline of Buddy's mic/equip. See more »


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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Referenced in Take Me Home Tonight (2011) See more »


Something To Remember Me By
Written and Performed by Jim Walker
Produced by David Tickle and Rick Marrotta
for David Tickle Productions
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An underrated gem that should be as revered as "The Breakfast Club"
10 March 1999 | by KB-21See all my reviews

Why is this movie not up there with 'The Breakfast Club,' 'Heathers,' and other teen rite-of-passage classics? 'Three O'Clock High' is hilarious. The cinematography is as well-executed as the script, and laughs appear at just about every turn. The mixed nuts in the cast give great deadpan performances (Jeffrey Tambor kills me every time as he heartbrokenly surveys the vandalized school supply store -- 'what kind of animals would DO this?' he almost weeps), playing up the comic absurdity of the script. A wonderful farce that hasn't lost a bit of its charm in 12 years. Why Anne Ryan, the hero's girlfriend, disappeared after this movie is a mystery to me -- she should have become another Winona Ryder. Don't pass this one up if your local video store has bothered to keep it on the shelf. You can thank me later. And if you're leery because the movie tanked at the box office, remember, Milli Vanilli's record sold seven million copies, so trusting the mainstream public is not always the best idea...

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Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

3:00 High See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,506,975, 12 October 1987

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1.85 : 1
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