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Making the Grade (1984)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 18 May 1984 (USA)
A spoiled rich young man hires a young hustler, who lives in a broken car and owes money to a dicey loan shark, to take his place in his elite prep school and graduate for him.

Director:

Dorian Walker

Writers:

Gene Quintano (screenplay), Gene Quintano (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Nelson ... Eddie Keaton
Jonna Lee Jonna Lee ... Tracey Hoover
Gordon Jump ... Mr. Harriman
Walter Olkewicz ... Coach Wordman
Ronald Lacey ... Nicky
Dana Olsen Dana Olsen ... Palmer Woodrow
Carey Scott ... Rand
Scott McGinnis ... Bif
Andrew Dice Clay ... Dice (as Andrew Clay)
John Dye ... Skip
Dan Schneider ... Blimp (as Daniel Schneider)
John Stevens John Stevens ... Mr. Hoover
Lucile Doan Ewing Lucile Doan Ewing ... Mrs. Hoover (as Lucille Ewing)
Patrice Watson Patrice Watson ... Muffy
Moses Peace Moses Peace ... Regis
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Storyline

Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow hires street-smart Eddie Keaton to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover Academy bully. When his bookie from the old neighborhood, Dice, comes to collect on Eddie's gambling debts and Palmer returns early from Europe, the the scheme slowly starts to unravel. Soon, Eddie can't even tell whose side he's really on. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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His major was attitude. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last American Preppy See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,760,856, 20 May 1984

Gross USA:

$4,561,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,561,346
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The original composer for the film was Danny Elfman, who was suggested by Richard Kraft who was the head of music of Cannon films at the time and was immediately rejected by the film producers to score the film. Kraft would later become Elfman's agent along with the late Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Basil Poledouris among others, after he was fired from Cannon Films after this film was completed in post-production See more »

Goofs

When Eddie/Palmer is finishing his breakdance moves at the mixer, his spin finishes with his left leg over his right and in the next scene, his right leg is over his left. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Townsend: As your father's personal assistant...
Palmer Woodrow: You're an ass-kissing joke!
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Crazy Credits

Palmer and Eddie will return in Tourista Coming Soon See more »

Connections

Referenced in Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Living on the Edge
Music and Lyrics by Larry Frankland Lee and Shandi Sinnamon (as Shandi)
Performed by Shandi Sinnamon (as Shandi)
Produced by Larry Frankland Lee for Swan Productions
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"A manly laugh, for manly men such as we."
17 November 2016 | by PredragReviewsSee all my reviews

"Making the Grade" chronicles the mishaps of that zany group, Palmer, Eddie, and the charismatic Dice, as they trapse throughout Hoover prep in search of love, money, and those last 11 minutes on the hour. In addition, the sound track by Shandi brings such incredible emotional swells that one can only be reduced to tears. The two songs by Shandi were great. One thing I couldn't understand was the Jonna Lee appeal. Her character and she herself were boring. The plot of the movie was complicated enough to be funny but not so convoluted that we were scratching our heads trying to figure it out. The coach and the Diceman (in his first appearance as his alter ego) were amusing too. Judd Nelson and Dana Olsen were so great in this movie that I really wish a sequel had been made. And a soundtrack. This movie is silly for sure but good fun and a definite 80's classic. Even if you aren't a fan of 80's B-movie genre, you find a lovable cast carving out shards of humanity in a humanistic drama wrought by cunning deception and vengeful greed. It's also a great educational film.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


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