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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 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 Schutzman Tiler Scott Schutzman Tiler ... 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


A high school nerd, Jerry Mitchell (Siemaszko) is assigned to write a piece for the school paper about new boy Buddy Revell (Tyson), who is rumored to be a psychopathic nutcase. When Jerry accidentally touches Buddy, he says that they must fight in the parking lot at 3pm. Jerry will just about do anything to avoid the confrontation. Written by Corey Semple (AdamSandlers8SexyNights)

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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 »




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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)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to director Phil Joanou, he was heavily influenced by director Martin Scorsese's After Hours (1985) and Raging Bull (1980) while making this film. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg was expecting a movie to be handed in which was of the type and the style of The Karate Kid (1984). Spielberg apparently said to Joanou after seeing the movie: "what happened to Karate Kid? You made a Scorsese film!" See more »


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 »


Jerry Mitchell: I want my money back!
Buddy Revell: No refunds.
Jerry Mitchell: I'm no pussy, asshole! The fight is on, you and me, in the parking lot.
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References The Innocents (1961) See more »


Something To Remember Me By
Performed by Jim Walker
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One of the top ten high school movies ever
24 March 2005 | by kriley82See all my reviews

This movie has it all. A great premise, a slow build-up (with constant shots of the clock ticking toward the dreaded 3 o' clock), and a satisfying conclusion. I loved the opening sequence as Jerry has to rush to get to school on time (that groovy track "Something to Remember Me By" is on the soundtrack currently available on CD) and the movie just builds from there. This movie has a lot going for it, most notably Casey Siemaszko in the lead role as Jerry. I love this guy! I would have definitely hung with his crowd back in my high school days. Richard Tyson is the perfect school bully although he looks like he's much too old, he was probably around 30 in 1987. I love the use of exaggerated camera angles to heighten the effect of impending doom. Not surprising since Phil Joanou was a video director (he followed this up with U2: Rattle and Hum) Everyone looked like actual people and not perfect Hollywood actors. Really, if you have an afternoon to kill, I would check out this gem, currently available on DVD.

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