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Class of 1984 (1982)

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A new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school.

Director:

Mark L. Lester (as Mark Lester)

Writers:

Tom Holland (story), Mark L. Lester (screenplay) (as Mark Lester) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Perry King ... Andrew Norris
Merrie Lynn Ross ... Diane Norris
Timothy Van Patten ... Peter Stegman
Roddy McDowall ... Terry Corrigan
Stefan Arngrim ... Drugstore
Michael J. Fox ... Arthur (as Michael Fox)
Keith Knight ... Barnyard
Lisa Langlois ... Patsy
Neil Clifford Neil Clifford ... Fallon
Al Waxman ... Detective Stewiski
Erin Noble ... Deneen (as Erin Flannery)
David Gardner David Gardner ... Principal Morganthau
Steve Pernie Steve Pernie ... Rejack
Robert Reece Robert Reece ... Leroy
Joseph Kelly ... Jimmy
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Storyline

There's something strange going on at the graffiti-covered Lincoln High, as teachers are carrying loaded guns, and the students have to walk through a metal detector before they enter the classroom. Before long, the school's new music teacher, Andrew Norris, will learn firsthand that it's even worse than it looks, as the drug-plagued institution is the territory of the charismatic Peter Stegman and his brutal gang of crazed followers. Now, under those dire circumstances, it's only a matter of time before the professor and the pupil lock horns, with unforeseen consequences. But, do drastic times call for drastic measures? In the end, is there a cure for violence? Written by Nick Riganas

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Trivia

The film spawned two sci-fi-themed sequels that were loosely based on the original: Class of 1999 (1990) and the direct-to-video follow-up Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994), the first of which was also directed by Lester and like its predecessor, was also released via Vestron Video, while the latter was released by Vidmark Entertainment. Lionsgate released Class of 1999 on DVD September 16, 2008. The sequel films have been released on DVD in other territories, such as Korea, Italy and Australia. See more »

Goofs

When Perry puts the thug's arm on the table saw, the amount of blood, and its position, changes, depending on the shot. See more »

Quotes

Joo Joo: I'ma gonna kill yo', sucka! No one messes around wit' my man, Leroy. I'm gonna cut you, white-meat.
Peter Stegman: Cut this!
[a gang battle ensues]
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Alternate Versions

In a U.S. TV-cut of the film, there is an extra scene where Mr. Norris is in the cafeteria teaching Arthur the term "fortissimo", with Arthur looking at the word and jokingly says, "fart". When Mr. Norris tells Arthur what the word means, Arthur jumps on the table and yells "fortissimo". See more »

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Referenced in Back to the Future (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't Got No Sense
Written and Performed by Teenage Head
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User Reviews

 
Worth checking out again...
5 February 1999 | by chas77See all my reviews

I kinda hated this film when it first came out, thinking that it was unrealistic and ultra-violent, what with the metal detectors at the entrances to the high schools and depictions of punks, etc...little did I know. This film, a kind of update of "Blackboard Jungle" by way of "Clockwork Orange" and "Death Wish" is a fascinating look at an urban high school controlled by punk gang leader Stegman (Timothy Van Patten). Perry King plays the new music teacher, and he gives a decent performance. Roddy McDowell steals the show as the biology instructor. His best scene -- pointing a gun at his students and threatening to kill them if they get the wrong answer to a science question! This film is extremely well made, a classic b-movie that is first rate compared to junk like "The Faculty" or any of the other awful "I Know What you Did Last Summer" type of teen flicks out these days...


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Class of 1984 See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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