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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.

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Dorian Walker

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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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If you can't make . . . fake it! 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of two identity switch movies released around 1984. The other was John Landis' Trading Places (1983). See more »

Goofs

The girl school mixer band's rendition of My Sharona in no way corresponds to the band's physical movements. There is not even anyone singing when the vocals are being heard. See more »

Quotes

Caddy: Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like, yes it is! It's slicing toward the elm trees!
Palmer Woodrow: Who are you, Curt fucking Gowdy?
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Crazy Credits

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


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Hangin' Loose
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Shining Brass
Courtesy of Jambo Records
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A whatever movie with the always-hot Judd Nelson
1 April 2000 | by vwlSee all my reviews

I am a fan of 80s teen movies, as there were so many that were so good. However, this is no "Breakfast Club" which I think can be called the best 80s teen movie ever made. Judd Nelson is hot, but the flick is poorly directed and the sound is pretty bad. The characters are foolish at times- how is it Eddie goes from being ok with who he is to being a snob in about three scenes? I don't know. Cheesy? Most definitely. However, 80s teen movies are 80s teen movies. If you like them, see this, but don't expect one of the caliber of TBC.


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