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Cutting Class (1989)

A murderer is loose in a high school in this 'whodunit' movie.

Director:

Rospo Pallenberg

Writer:

Steve Slavkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donovan Leitch Jr. ... Brian Woods (as Donovan Leitch)
Jill Schoelen ... Paula Carson
Brad Pitt ... Dwight Ingalls
Roddy McDowall ... Mr. Dante
Martin Mull ... William Carson III
Brenda James ... Colleen (as Brenda Lynn Klemme)
Mark Barnet Mark Barnet ... Gary
Robert Glaudini ... Shultz
Eric Boles Eric Boles ... Mr. Glynn
Dirk Blocker ... Coach Harris
Nancy Fish ... Mrs. Knocht
Robert Machray ... Mr. Conklin
David Clarke ... Crusty Old Man
Norman Alden ... Officer Fondulac
Tom Ligon ... Mr. Ingalls
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Storyline

High school student Paula Carson's affections are being sought after by two of her classmates: Dwight, the "bad boy", and Brian, a disturbed young man who has just been released from a mental hospital where he was committed following the suspicious death of his father. Soon after being released, more murders start happening. Is Brian back to his old tricks, or is Dwight just trying to eliminate the competition? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Some People Would Kill To Fit In. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1992 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassinato no Colégio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Rudy Cohen didn't care for the casting of Brad Pitt. Director Rospo Pallenberg found four young women who all said Pitt was gorgeous in order to convince Cohen that the casting of Pitt was a correct choice. See more »

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Throughout the movie it is shown that Dwight does not understand the very concept of speed, what it means or how it's calculated. Yet Dwight is an avid car enthusiast and driver. If he does not know what speed is, he would have great trouble driving a car, and would probably be unable to get a driver's license anywhere in the world. See more »

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Dwight Ingalls: You know, Your fathers a lot bigger than I am. Of course, I bigger where it REALLY counts!
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Impossibly Dull Slasher

I think it'd be fair to say that, if Cutting Class didn't have Brad Pitt, the entire would would have forgotten about it in '89.

On the surface, the concept of Cutting Class isn't terrible. It seems like it would have potential to be fairly fun. Plus, we're given the fabulous Jill Scholen as our leading lady and her track record with horror projects is pretty solid from The Stepfather to Popcorn. Surely, she wouldn't sign on to a turkey, right?

Sadly, this is wrong. Very wrong. Poor Scholen has very little to do, nor does the rest of the cast, including a very strangely placed Martin Mull and Roddy McDowell who must have owed someone a favor.

The tone varies between weird comedy and bland slashings, but neither work well by themselves and they certainly don't gel well together. Maybe the script read better than the film turned out. It's also shot with zero style and looks like an impossibly bland TV movie.

Cutting Class isn't worth a revisit. Bank some erasers together instead.


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