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Class Of 1984 [DVD]

Perry King , Timothy van Patten , Mark L. Lester    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Perry King, Timothy van Patten, Merrie Lynn Ross, Roddy McDowall, Stefan Amgrom
  • Directors: Mark L. Lester
  • Producers: Arthur Kent
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009E389C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,829 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thriller about a music teacher (Perry King) at a tough Los Angeles high school who attempts to reach 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. The punkers are led by Peter Stegman (Timothy Van Patten), 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.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Class of 1984 is an amazing film with the power to shock audiences even a quarter of a century after its release. I mean, this film is fearless, brutally honest, and disturbing on several levels. It's easily the most intense high school film I've ever seen. Its depiction of violence and crime in the schools has been called prophetic - and for good reason: teachers powerless to control their students, administrators unwilling to take charge, cops hamstrung by witnesses too intimidated to talk and "slap on the wrist" laws for even the most dangerous of juveniles, security guards patrolling the corridors, metal detectors at the doors, and so much more. Class of 1984 was a wake-up call that has yet to be answered all these years later.

One can only hope and pray that no public high school today is remotely like Lincoln High. When tough guy Peter Stegman (Timothy Van Patten) boasts that he runs the school, he means it. When he's not thumbing his nose at authorities or having fellow classmates assaulted, Stegman runs a bona fide criminal network, pushing drugs, pimping prostitutes, you name it. He and his gang of fellow hoodlums (including one sadistic girl) answer to no one inside or outside the graffiti-marred walls of the high school. The only person with the guts to stand up to them is, of all things, the new music teacher. Andrew Norris (Perry King) makes himself Stegman's Enemy Number One the very first day - and that initial skirmish soon, and inevitably, turns into all-out war. If there was ever an army of one, it is Andrew Norris. The principal gave up long ago, choosing to keep looking the other way as his school comes crashing down around him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Of 1984 23 Feb 2006
By nial
Format:DVD
This is one of those films that actually lives up to it's infamy.
This is the closest film to compare with the like of A Clockwork Orange or Straw Dogs. Middle England and The Daily Mail would still have a field day condemming Claas Of 84
It hasn't dated at all and it is very compelling viewing.
Even if Michael J Fox looks like a fluffy Guinea Pig!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great film 27 Aug 2005
Format:DVD
I found this film very good and was suprised it did not get realesed at the pictures.
When a teacher gets sent to a disfunctal school, he had no idea just how dangerous this place is. All sudents must go thorugh metal dectors, theres drug dealers, stabbing and rape. Teachers have to bring their own guns in case of an emergency.
I really got into this film as it wern't to slow and didn't go straight in to the story. The only reason I gave this film 4 stars is because some scenes are quite disturbing, and not sutible for the people who has a light heart.
This film is very good though and not one of those films where they just show fighting. Just make sure the kids don't see it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I am relying on a memory of the original cinema release in the UK to do this review. This means that I am not pretending to remember what happens in any detail, but it has always stuck with me. At the time I was a similar age to these 'kids'. Punk was well over in the UK by the early 80s and they all looked dated to me at the time, let alone for 2 years in the future!

I read a review at the time that pointed out that most of these 'kids' would not see their 25th birthday again and that the fantastical element of the complete lack of ability on behalf of the 'authorities' to do anything about the extraordinary level and range of criminal activity meant that there was no way that this film could be given any credibility whatsoever.

I concur with this view wholeheartedly (and did at the time).

To compare it to The Warriors is an insult to everyone involved in that film.

Those who love it seem to love the violence first, and then, somewhat puzzinglingly, a few love its prophetic vision. This is a bit bizarre as clearly aspects of this kind of behaviour may happen, but not with the level of organisation, frequency and sophistication that is portrayed here. Teenagers just do not have the ability to organise their crime so effectively. That the leader is a 'genius' and a psychopath and from a materially privileged background is just not credible at all.

If it is going to be watched by anyone with any critical faculties whatsoever it has to be seen as in an exploitation genre, and preferably ironically. Maybe it could be argued 'it's so bad it's good', but I would not pay more than 2 for a dvd!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sadly forgotten gem. 28 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
This movie was a terrifying portent into a future of anarchy and teenagers ruling the schools.

Made in 1982 and set a couple years later, the aspects people scoffed at when the movie was released (armed guards in the school corridors, metal detectors scanning for weapons as students enter) are now common place in some schools and old hat in others.

Tim Van Patten is Peter Stegman, leader of a gang of ruthless, entrepreneurial teenagers who extort money, sell drugs and pimp girls from the school grounds and their own hang out at the local youth club. When idealistic music teacher Mr Norris (Perry King) arrives, he locks horns with the gang and as their attempts to bully him fail they resort to ever more ruthless means of trying to force him into submission.

The tension this movie builds is palpable and the final showdown, while unrealistic and exploitative, still takes your breath away and leaves you with little hope for the future.

What's poignant about this movie is not the violence or the main story arc but little touches such as Stegman's moronic mother refusing to see him as anything other than a misunderstood and sensitive genius or the authorities simply following rules and by doing that, causing the innocent to suffer more while the guilty thrive.

The version released on VHS in the UK was heavily edited and it's interesting to see this Special Edition has restored the cuts. Some were simply butchered by the censor but it's noteworthy that some scenes are alternate takes and angles (the fight in the woodwork shop or Tina being introduced as a potential prostitute to the gang).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic film.
Published 2 days ago by Mr M O O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Class
Remembered this movie from the 80"s but had never heard of it mentioned again,,,, a great trip down memory lane
Published 5 months ago by thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars class of 84 dvd
not only was this film believable but it made for absolute compulsive viewing. i couldn't believe my luck when i stumbled on this one i would recomend it be viewed by any one 15+... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Emmanuel Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic
I waited many years to obtain this film. I originally watched it on video and loved it. I seem to recall it was a lot more hard core, however. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Edward Nobes
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, gritty Thriller
I give it 5 stars for the excellent acting on Timothy Van Patten's part as the Gang Leader, Perry King was ok but Roddy Mcdowall (who will forever be Cornelius the Chimp in Planet... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Muscle man Al
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't know if I like it!
Did not realise this was a US format disc which doesn't work in the UK so didnt get to watch it.
Published 14 months ago by kermitmummy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blackboard Jungle remake for the 80's.
I first saw this movie on vhs back in 1986. As other reviewers have pointed out: it is certainly prophetic, having predicted the increased level of violence within schools, the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Hubbard
2.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
Particularly disturbing film! Teenagers on the rampage causing all sorts of mayhem. Lots of violence and the scene where the teachers pregnant wife is visciously raped be the gang... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ADM
4.0 out of 5 stars cult classic
still as voilent as i recalled , not so much my cup of tea now though , but still a cult classic ... ...
Published 20 months ago by psop
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising movie ends up like a Bronson flick....
WARNING HUGE SPOILERS HERE ONLY READ IF YOU HAVE WATCHED FILM

I have to say that ultimately I was disappointed by Class of 1984. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2012 by Colonel Decker
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