Class of 1984

Class of 1984

Perry King
Director: Mark L. Lester Cast: Perry King
Perry King
, Timothy Van Patten
Timothy Van Patten
, Merrie Lynn Ross
Merrie Lynn Ross
Mark L. Lester

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A music teacher (Perry King) at a tough Los Angeles high school reaches out to his students with the gift of music -- only to find a gang of sadistic punk rockers is actively dissuading new members from joining the orchestra. Not only are the punkers sadistic; they are also led by the nefarious Timothy Van Patten (sporting Willie Aames-style blow-dried hair). The plot development: Van Patten is a musical prodigy, as he proves by banging out some angry classical tunes on the school Baldwin in front of the teacher's startled class. King tries to befriend the lad, but he rejects the offer with scorn. When King attempts to settle for a truce with the gang leader in order to end his students' harassment, he finds himself targeted for a slowly-escalating campaign of terror, culminating in a deadly game of hide-and-seek in the high school after hours. One by one, King faces the murderous gang; one by one, teenagers die in a succession of increasingly violent fashions as the already-exploitive film degenerates into a Death Wish clone. As a feature film, Class of 1984 seems more like it was made for television. The plot is completely contrived; the characters are unbelievable (especially the punks, who seem to be the sort of punks that exist only in the imaginations of "B"-grade Hollywood film directors), and the production values are poor. Yet Class of 1984 has a certain charm, a certain earnestness that makes it watchable, if unintentionally amusing. The film includes a soundtrack by Alice Cooper which includes the stirring anthem "I Am the Future." Another point of interest: this may be the only film including a scene in which Michael J. Fox is stabbed during a prison-style cafeteria riot.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2015
UPC: 0826663157116
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 12,968

Special Features

New interviews with director Mark Lester, actors Lisa Langlois and Erin Noble and composer Lalo Schifrin; Audio commentary with Mark Lester; Blood and blackboards-featuring interviews with Mark Lester and actor Merrie Lynn Ross; Theatrical trailer; TV spots; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Perry King Andy Norris
Timothy Van Patten Peter Stegman
Merrie Lynn Ross Diane Norris
Roddy McDowall Terry Corrigan
Al Waxman Detective Stewiski
Lisa Langlois Patsy
David Gardner Morganthau
Stefan Arngrim Drugstore
Keith Knight Barnyard
Neil Clifford Fallon
Erin Flannery Deneen Bowden
Michael Fox Arthur
Robert Reece Leroy
Joseph Kelly Jimmy
Elva Mai Hoover Ellen
Claude Rae Doctor
Roy Anderson Student

Technical Credits
Mark L. Lester Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Albert J. Dunk Cinematographer
Tom Holland Original Story,Screenwriter
Arthur Kent Producer
Howard Kunin Editor
Merrie Lynn Ross Executive Producer
John Saxton Screenwriter
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer

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