Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. The teachers do a good job of controlling the unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some ...
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A group of young shopping mall employees stay behind for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.
Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. The teachers do a good job of controlling the unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some students get suspicious.Written by
The R rated U.S. version features some cuts to violent moments. The cuts are largely small, but do pack a punch in uncut form. However viewing either version shouldn't be an issue since the cuts are barely obvious unless comparing them side by side.
A few obvious cut moments include: (note-some frames may be missing in other scenes, but it's tough to tell without doing a frame by frame comparison which is time consuming)
:Cody' beat down by the gym teacher is longer featuring Cody' head being smashed against the floor more times. The R version features about two head smashes.
:The drugged out student that confronts the gym teacher during Cody's beat down has his neck broken by the teacher. The actual neck snap is cut in the R version and cuts quickly to Cody' reaction. The neck snap with loud sound effect is on-screen in the unrated version.
:The principal's death scene is slightly more graphic in the unrated version. The principals body after it's dropped to the ground with his bloody wound visible is shown fully for a couple seconds. The R version abruptly cuts to the next scene once his body hits the floor. It's still violent in either version, but just more explicit in the unrated version.
:The gang member that gets his head drilled by the history teacher is shown onscreen. The drill penetrates his skull and blood spews out, and then his body drops to the ground. The brief shot of the drill in his skull with blood spewing is cut, and also the aftermath appears like some frames may be missing. But the scene is so brief in explicitness, that it's effective in either version.
These were the main moments that obviously had some cuts/additions.
The case for the R and Unrated versions are practically identical besides these differences:
R version: catalog# 5453, small 'R' rating logo on lower left front cover, also R logo on back of the case. (Rated-R) notice on the tape label, and
-Rated listed after the title on the front of the tape. The box itself is a deeper blue color, with the title in a deep red font.
Unrated version: catalog # 5454, small 'unrated' notice on lower front cover, 'unrated' listed on back of box, and (unrated) listed on the tape label. The box itself is in a slightly lighter blue color, and title in a less vibrant red font. See more »
Recent teenage parolee Cody Culp returns to his anarchistic futuristic hood to find himself disgusted with his home life, alienated from his former gang(probably to his relief), and threatened by the school's newest bullies: three robotic teachers, implemented by the government to restore discipline, only consolation being his budding romance with the principal's daughter--perpetually gorgeous Tracy Lin. As always, whenever players take the material as seriously as these actors do, the potentially mediocre is propelled to a new level. The performance by vastly unappreciated and underused Bradley Gregg rivals that of the more experienced Ryan, Grier, and Kilpatrick(with McDowell typically good, but all too often idle).
I've always held that the reason there was and remains so much dissatisfaction with this movie is that too many people watched it with the wrong expectations. Preparing for some silliness and expecting some substandard effects is the starting point with one like this. Reason being: to get past the frequent implausibility is to put yourself in a position to recognize the uniqueness and innovation. Taking the deliberate cheese with a grain of salt, one can appreciate opportunities when it is earnest.
If anything truly hurts this movie, it's the boring pseudo-military battle scenes. They would have been wise to leave this stuff to the only films suited to do them properly--war films, but instead have introduced out-of-place time wasters in which neither side has evoked any sympathy anyway. That said, Class Of 1999 is still a shoulda-been camp classic not to be missed. Then again, should any movie featuring knockout Tracy Lin be missed?
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