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Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979)

Cast: P.J. Soles, P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, more...
Director: Allan Arkush, Allan Arkush
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Studio: New Concorde
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Camp
Running Time: 84 min.
Languages: English
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Rock 'n' Roll High School is a prime example of a 1970s movie phenomenon: a cult film that was deliberately designed to be a cult film. High-schooler Riff Randell's (P.J. Soles) efforts to meet the Ramones are continually thwarted by rock & roll-hating principal Evelyn Togar (Mary Woronov). Ms. Togar is the zealous sort who conducts experiments on laboratory rats to prove the adverse effect of rock music on innocent teenagers. Riff knows that she'll have to be twice as clever and devious as Togar to get her daily supply of Ramones -- and thereby hangs our tale. A secondary plot involves the efforts of pimply student Eaglebauer (Clint Howard) to arrange a date with the very particular Riff. A deliciously anarchistic climax caps this never-a-dull-moment spoof of 1950s rock & roll musicals. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Cartoon Punks from Queens! by wes2666 September 28, 2004 - 9:17 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Definitely one of the best rock movies ever. Goofy and juvenile sure, but R'n'R High School brought the Ramones to the world and made them into every high school's favorite bunch of leatherclad cool dorks.

The traveling shots--with the band playing in a moving car or on rolling stage--look great, bring out Joey's space alien proportions, and define the way the Ramones were filmed in their videos.

Great soundtrack too. Listen for Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Devo and others.

Also, see END OF THE CENTURY if it's playing near you. Moving as hell and it really gives each Ramone his time.

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