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Malibu High (1979)

R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | May 1979 (USA)
High school student Kim is having a tough time of things at the moment, she has been dumped by her boyfriend Kevin for a rich girl Annette, her grades are slipping and she has no money, and... See full summary »

Director:

Irvin Berwick (as Irv Berwick)

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John Buckley (original story), John Buckley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Lansing ... Kim
Stuart Taylor Stuart Taylor ... Kevin / Kim's ex-boyfriend
Katie Johnson Katie Johnson ... Lucy / Kim's friend
Wallace Earl Laven Wallace Earl Laven ... Mrs. Bentley (as Phyllis Benson)
Alex Mann Alex Mann ... Tony / Kim's pimp (as Al Mannino)
Tammy Taylor ... Annette
Garth Pillsbury ... Lance (as Garth Howard)
John Harmon ... Mr. Elmhurst
John Yates John Yates ... Mr. Donaldson (as John Grant)
James Devney James Devney ... Mr. Wyngate (as Jim Devney)
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Harry Ingersoll (as Robert Gordon)
Ken Layton Ken Layton ... Mr. Mooney
Cambra Foldes Cambra Foldes ... Valerie (as Cambra Zweigler)
William Cohen William Cohen ... Jeweler
Susan Gorton Susan Gorton ... Miss Primm
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Storyline

High school student Kim is having a tough time of things at the moment, she has been dumped by her boyfriend Kevin for a rich girl Annette, her grades are slipping and she has no money, and all her mother seems to care about is cleaning. She tells her best friend Lucy that the nonsense ends today. She's been feeling sorry for herself ever since her father hanged himself. She begins working for Tony the pimp and things start to look good for her, new clothes, new car and good grades. Annette begins to hate Kim even more and Kevin becomes jealous. She then meets Lance who frees her from turning tricks in a beat up old van which leads her to better clothes and nicer cars. Prostitution isn't the worst of it as she is forced to kill a man in self-defense when he tries to have his way with her being tied up. She becomes a hit woman. Written by lament

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Taglines:

Every Teacher in School Wanted to FLUNK HER... But Nobody Dared!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in Denim See more »

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Budget:

$56,000 (estimated)
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Star Cinema See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Three different locations were used as the high school in this movie. See more »

Goofs

The disco dancers bump the camera operator twice. See more »

Quotes

Kim Bentley: You got any stuff on you?
Tony: Is Raquel Welch stacked?
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Lovely But Deadly
Written by Steve Myland
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Only At the Drive-in...
11 November 2003 | by dgordon-1See all my reviews

It's no wonder that the Drive-ins were drug, booze and party havens in the '70s with this type of fare being shown! Even with all of it's flaws, there is something I really like about this movie. The plot alone was what made me want to watch this hooter flick in the first place. High School flunky, turned Hooker, turned Hitgirl! When Kim gets bad grades, she seduces her Teachers and it escalates from there to becoming a full blown hooker. Not on the street mind you, but in the back of a van! What more of a classic Drive-in masterpiece could this be? The acting is awful and stiff. Speaking of stiff, the sex scenes are almost, if not worse than the acting! The camera work looks more like a home movie than a theatrical presentation. The fashions in this movie look more like mid '70s than 1979 fashion. What really cracks me up is when Kim (Jill Lansing) decides to become a hooker and shows up to school in a halter top and mini skirt! Where did she get that mini skirt from? It looks like it was made of cardboard! Didn't anyone tell Kim that mini skirts were out of fashion by 1974? The other thing that makes me laugh about this movie is the music. It sounds like what you used to hear at the supermarket. That canned piped in music called "Muzak". It's not offensive, it just doesn't really suit the movie. At the same time though, it is what gives this movie it's charm. There are a couple of music selections I had heard before. One was the music that plays after Kim tells her Mom off. This music was used for the station identification on the comedy show SCTV, which ran in the early '80s here in Canada. The next selection was during the chase scene at the end. The music being used is the same music for the syndicated TV show "The People's Court" opening! The one thing that stands out in this movie is the 1971 Mustang convertible. It's the real star of the show! It is nice to see this version of Mustang caught on film forever without rust and holes all over it, which these cars were known for. If you like movies like "The Van", "The Pom Pom Girls", and "H.O.T.S.", you may find this movie disappointing. But if you are like me and can appreciate trash flicks like "The Lonely Lady" and "The Seduction", then you will enjoy this made-for-drive-in classic!


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