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Class of 1999 (1990)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark L. Lester

Writers:

Mark L. Lester (story), C. Courtney Joyner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Gregg ... Cody Culp
Traci Lind ... Christie Langford (as Traci Lin)
Malcolm McDowell ... Dr. Miles Langford
Stacy Keach ... Dr. Bob Forrest
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Mr. Bryles
Pam Grier ... Ms. Connors
John P. Ryan ... Mr. Hardin
Darren E. Burrows ... Sonny
Joshua John Miller ... Angel (as Joshua Miller)
Sharon Wyatt Sharon Wyatt ... Janice Culp
James Medina James Medina ... Hector (as Jimmy Medina Taggert)
Jason Oliver ... Curt
Brent David Fraser ... Flavio (as Brent Fraser)
Jill Gatsby ... Dawn
Sean Hagerty Sean Hagerty ... Reedy
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Storyline

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 Rob Hartill

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Staying after school can be deadly! See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clase 1999 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$767,620, 13 May 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,459,895
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed completely in Seattle, Washington. Director Mark L. Lester considered and scouted locations in Los Angeles but couldn't find a school that was suitable for the requirements of the film. Luckily for Lester and the producers, there was a school in the Seattle area more than willing to accommodate the film. See more »

Goofs

You can briefly see the wire lifting Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell) up when he is being choked by the robot. See more »

Quotes

Cody: [after blowing up chemistry lab] I guess I blew that course.
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Alternate Versions

German 18-rated Rental-Video was cut to reduce violence. The TV-Version also misses many violent moments. See more »

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Spoofed in Community: Romantic Expressionism (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Head Like a Hole
Written by Trent Reznor
Performed by Nine Inch Nails (as The Nine Inch Nails)
Published by TVT Music, Inc.
Courtesy of TVT Records
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a misunderstood little sci-fi treasure
30 July 2004 | by bti4usweet1See all my reviews

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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