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Rock 'N' Roll High School [1979] [DVD] [2003]

P.J. Soles , Vincent Van Patten , Allan Arkush , Joe Dante    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov
  • Directors: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante
  • Writers: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, Joseph McBride, Richard Whitley, Russ Dvonch
  • Producers: Michael Finnell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Film 2000
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HCOH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,707 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Vince Lombardi High School has a new principal, and she's determined to stamp out the kids' love of rock 'n' roll. But when she attempts to publicly burn a pile of rock records, the students go on the rampage and take over the school; they even make rock band The Ramones honourary members of the student body. The police are then called to evict them, and a potentially explosive situation soon develops.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cult Classic Rock and Roll High School Flick 22 July 2004
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Okay, so most people liked "Grease" when it came to high school musicals. But I always had a preference for "Rock 'n' Roll High School." Did "Grease" have the Ramones? Did "Grease" have the school being rocked to the ground? Did "Grease" have a giant mouse worried about its children? This is the 1950's rock and roll teen movie updated to 1979 and instead of Annette we have P.J. Soles, in her one starring role of prominence after memorable appearances in "Halloween" and "S*T*R*I*P*E*S." P.J. is Riff Randell, the #1 Fan of the Ramones, which is just one more thing to be inscribed on her permanent record as far as Vince Lombardi High's principal Miss Togar (Mary Woronov) is concerned. Riff is aided and abetted in her never ending battle against the fascist policies of Miss Togar by her friend, Kate Rameau (Dey Young), who is cute, sweet and in need of a boyfriend. Fortunately, all of life's problems can be solved with the help of Eaglebauer (Clint Howard) and the Ramones. Of course, if Mary Woronov is in this movie, you know Paul Bartel must be nearby and he plays Mr. McGree, the only teacher who is hep to the Ramones.
There are standard juvenile antics, ratcheted down a level or two for the purposes of this film, which is redeemed when the Ramones show up and save the day by destroying the school. "Rock 'n' Roll High School" is a film that embraces its shortcomings and total lack of pretentions. As with all good cult films, this DVD edition caters to the whims of its peculiar fanatics, offering up the concert footage of the Ramones shot for the film, decent commentary from the director, producer & writer, and an interview by Leonard Maltin of Roger Corman (sure, why not?). They were not trying to make a good movie here, which is why this is not a bad film but a staple of late night weekend programming. And did I mention it has the Ramones?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock N' Roll High School: So Bad it rocks 1 Nov 2004
Nobody could accuse this film of being deep or subtle, but there is some damn fine rock n' roll being played. PJ Soles is somewhat overshadowed by Mary Todorov, and of the Ramones Marky comes across best. However, the decidedly ropey acting is forgotten whenever the Ramones pick up their instruments and ratchet out the best rock n' roll ever seen in a film of this type. And who could forget the moment when PJ goes to have a showemr only to find Dee Dee playing his bass there?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad but in a strange way, good 2 Mar 2005
By A Customer
One of those films which is so bad it's good. It's perfect if you have nothing else to watch. And if you love the Ramones. The script is poor and the acting's wooden. It could have been so much better. Roger Corman could have used it to say something about the state of youth at the time, or being a film about punk, could have simply stuck two fingers up to the establishment.
However, despite all it's short-comings, I love it. There are a few classic moments, for example the principal asking "do your parents know you're Ramones?". And of course any time the Ramones are playing, rather than acting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ramones fan? this is a must have 16 April 2003
By A Customer
The quality of the moive may be crap but the content is excellent. You get to see live Ramones footage and them as actors(not so great). PJ soles is also great and the movie is fun all the way through. This is total rock 'n' Roll
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock ON! 21 April 2006
By mell_2
The pupils of Vince Lombardi High School have trouble on their hands when the new principal arrives. Miss Togar (Mary Woronov) is as strict as she is anti-rock 'n' roll, and sees Riff Randall (P.J. Soles) as her greatest rival. All Riff cares about is the Ramones, and she's determined to get to see their next concert when they're in town - will Miss Togar stop her?

Was there ever a more perfect marriage of music and film than the Ramones and Rock 'n' Roll High School? Well, maybe - this exuberant, daft comedy, written by Richard Whitley, Russ Dvonch and Joseph McBride, is the equivalent of those A.I.P. Beach Party movies of the sixties, with its good natured humour, plentiful breaks for music, and overage teenagers versus adults storyline which sees the pupils take their revenge on the teachers for all that homework they hand out.

As played by the sunny P.J. Soles, Riff is a walking exercise in obsession, and nothing will get between her and her favourite band. She's even written a song for them (the title track), and is determined to get it to them so they can perform it. Which they do, because it's that kind of film. Riff's best friend Kate (Dey Young) is more bookish, and wants a date with the socially inept captain of the football team, Tom (Vincent Van Patten).

It's fair to say that the first half of the film is the funniest, but it balances out because the second half has most of the good music. We're treated to witnessing the effects rock 'n' roll music has on mice, Riff's excuses for missing school to stand in line for concert tickets ("My goldfish died"), and the school's fixer-upper (Clint Howard) demonstrating how to go on a date (with the help of a blow up doll).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramones heaven! 25 Jan 2004
This film captures the attitude of the Ramones perfectly. Even the movies lousy low-budget and corny campy script fits in the bands low-fi weirdness. For any fan of the Ramones this is essential if only for the live concert section where they play some of their classics ("Blitzkrieg Bop" / "Pinhead" / "California Sun" / "She's The One" etc) plus great mimed performances of "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do" (played sat in the back of the Ramonemoblie),
"Do You Wanna Dance" and "Rock 'n' Roll High School" played whilst the school explodes. And isn't that everyones fantasy!? A must see for Ramones fans or anyone with a love of kitch American teen culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars P**k as Fuck
James Cameron was an uncredited production assistant on this, the second film he worked on.... He's come a long way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Bumbandstink
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment on a major scale
OK, so the Ramones might not be the worlds greatest rock band, and the plot is so thin it could slide between those stones in that south American ancient city, and also that it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blast from the past
This was a Christmas present for my husband who has always loved The Ramones, and they feature heavily in this high school comedy movie from a few decades ago. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sky fencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Ramones
Dreadful film but full of Ramones and directed by Roger Corman so i guess its a classic. I wont be watching the sequal.
Published on 14 May 2012 by Bryce Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Raaaaamones
Before all the blather, you must be a fan of The Ramones to enjoy this film. If not, read no further as this review is of no interest to you. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by bern1106
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film
A silly funny film with the Ramones - what more do you want.

The basically revolves around a die hard fan of the Ramones who rebels against her teachers and gets tickets... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2009 by Mr. M. J. Fitzsimons
5.0 out of 5 stars PJ. Soles best & a scathing expose of 70's U.S. H.S. life.
Arguably P.J. Soles greatest film role- Oscar nominated or not ( not, apparently ), and she also writes/sings/dances- like a bleach blonde teenage Liza Minelli? Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2005
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