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Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 July 1987 (USA)
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Freddy the gym teacher has to teach remedial English in summer (high) school, if he wants tenure. As he can only teach gym and his students want fun, emphasis is on "field trips" - until he's fired unless all his students pass the test.

Director:

Carl Reiner

Writers:

Stuart Birnbaum (story), David Dashev (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Harmon ... Freddy Shoop
Kirstie Alley ... Ms. Robin Elizabeth Bishop
Robin Thomas ... Vice Principal Phil Gills
Patrick Labyorteaux ... Kevin Winchester
Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Pam House
Dean Cameron ... Francis 'Chainsaw' Gremp
Gary Riley ... Dave Frazier
Kelly Jo Minter ... Denise Green (as Kelly Minter)
Ken Olandt ... Larry Kazamias
Shawnee Smith ... Rhonda Altobello
Richard Steven Horvitz ... Alan Eakian
Fabiana Udenio ... Anna-Maria Mazarelli
Francis X. McCarthy ... Principal Kelban (as Frank McCarthy)
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Judge
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Substitute Teacher - Ms. Cura
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Storyline

A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

At Ocean Front High, what do they call a guy who cuts classes, hates homework, and lives for summer vacations? Teacher.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer School See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,012,274, 26 July 1987

Gross USA:

$35,659,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,659,098
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Courtney Thorne-Smith and Dean Cameron appeared in the short lived television series, Fast Times (1986) (based on 1979 book and 1982 movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)). See more »

Goofs

When Ms. Bishop first sees that Pam is staying at Mr. Shoop's place, it is obviously daylight. When Mr. Shoop followers her outside, and Robin warns Freddy about the emotional damage that situation could do to Pam, it is nighttime. See more »

Quotes

Shoop: [trying to get out of teaching summer school] I'm not a real teacher.
Vice Principal Phil Gills: That's okay. They aren't real students.
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Alternate Versions

The UK VHS version was cut by 48 secs by the BBFC to remove all footage of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This film was banned on video at the time and so no footage could be included. See more »

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You people are PSYCHOPATHS !
29 November 2001 | by mungfleshSee all my reviews

After reading through the reviews on here to date, there's not a single bad one !

NO! WAY! Party all-the-time! Party all-the-time!

This film really is as cool as everyone says. Dated 80's stuff doesn't get in the way of great characters and sharp wit. If you've not seen it yet, rent it & marvel at the goriest sequence in a high school comedy ever - these people are PSYCHOPATHS !

Particular favs of mine are the 'I don't know anything' dream gag, the Rick Baker essay sequence and the 'War puts a man through many, many changes' gag from Dave. Top stuff.

9/10


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