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Back to School

Back to School theatrical poster.
Directed by Alan Metter
Produced by Chuck Russell
Written by Steven Kampmann
William Porter
Peter Torokvei
Harold Ramis
Starring Rodney Dangerfield
Sally Kellerman
Burt Young
Keith Gordon
Ned Beatty
William Zabka
Sam Kinison
Robert Downey, Jr.
Paxton Whitehead
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman
Editing by David Rawlins
Distributed by Orion Pictures
Release date(s) June 13, 1986
Running time 96 min.
Country  United States
Language English
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Back to School is a 1986 movie starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, William Zabka, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr. The plot centers on a wealthy but uneducated father (Dangerfield) who goes to college to show solidarity with his troubled son (Gordon) and learns that he can not buy his education. Image File history File links Back_to_school. ... Chuck Russell, born May 9, 1958, is an American film director, film producer and actor. ... This article is about the American athlete. ... Harold Ramis (born November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor, director, and writer. ... Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004), born Jacob Cohen, was an American comedian and actor, best known for the line I dont get no respect and his monologues on that theme. ... Sally Claire Kellerman[1] (born June 2, 1937, Long Beach, California) is an American actress and singer who to this day is best known for her role as Major Margaret Hot Lips Houlihan in the film MASH (1970), for which she was nominated an Oscar for Best Actress in a... Burt Young (born April 30, 1940 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American actor, painter and author. ... Keith Gordon (born February 3, 1961 in New York City) is an American actor and film director. ... Ned Beatty Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American character actor. ... William Billy Zabka (born on October 20, 1965, in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... A caricature of Sam Kinison exhibiting the aggression and anger of his stand-up comedy acts. ... Robert John Downey, Jr. ... Paxton Whitehead (born October 17, 1937 in Kent, England) is an actor who made his professional debut in 1956. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1978 until its breakup in 1995, and has since 1985s Pee-Wees Big Adventure worked as a film score composer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004), born Jacob Cohen, was an American comedian and actor, best known for the line I dont get no respect and his monologues on that theme. ... Keith Gordon (born February 3, 1961 in New York City) is an American actor and film director. ... Sally Claire Kellerman[1] (born June 2, 1937, Long Beach, California) is an American actress and singer who to this day is best known for her role as Major Margaret Hot Lips Houlihan in the film MASH (1970), for which she was nominated an Oscar for Best Actress in a... Burt Young (born April 30, 1940 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American actor, painter and author. ... William Billy Zabka (born on October 20, 1965, in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... A caricature of Sam Kinison exhibiting the aggression and anger of his stand-up comedy acts. ... Robert John Downey, Jr. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ...


Author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. has a cameo as himself, as does the band Oingo Boingo. Cosette Dwyer is an amazing author. ... Kurt Vonnegut, Junior (born November 11, 1922) is an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. ... Oingo Boingo was a critically acclaimed American New Wave rock band better known for their influence, soundtrack contributions, and high energy Halloween concerts rather than their chart successes. ...


The University of Wisconsin-Madison was used as a backdrop for the movie, although it was called the fictional "Grand Lakes University." The University of Wisconsin–Madison (also known as UW–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, or UW) is a highly selective public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ...

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Cast

Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004), born Jacob Cohen, was an American comedian and actor, best known for the line I dont get no respect and his monologues on that theme. ... Sally Claire Kellerman[1] (born June 2, 1937, Long Beach, California) is an American actress and singer who to this day is best known for her role as Major Margaret Hot Lips Houlihan in the film MASH (1970), for which she was nominated an Oscar for Best Actress in a... Burt Young (born April 30, 1940 in Queens, New York, USA) is an American actor, painter and author. ... Keith Gordon (born February 3, 1961 in New York City) is an American actor and film director. ... Robert John Downey, Jr. ... Paxton Whitehead (born October 17, 1937 in Kent, England) is an actor who made his professional debut in 1956. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... M Emmet Walsh as the private detective in Blood Simple Michael Emmet Walsh (born March 22, 1935 in Ogdensburg, New York) is an American character actor who has appeared in over 100 film and television productions. ... Adrienne Jo Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American television, film, and musical theater actress. ... William Billy Zabka (born on October 20, 1965, in New York City, New York) is an American actor. ... Ned Beatty Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American character actor. ...

Trivia

  • Most of the outdoor scenes at the college were shot on location at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The swim stadium scenes were filmed at the Industry swimming complex at the Industry Hills Sheraton and Country Club in the City of Industry, about 25 miles southeast of Hollywood, California. Some additional scenes were filmed at California State University, Los Angeles, California.
  • Dangerfield always looked out for younger comedic talents. He was a big proponent for Sam Kinison's part as a crazed professor in Back to School (They also considered Jim Carrey, but he was too young). Later when Chuck Russell (Producer) got the chance to direct 1994's the Mask, he was finally able to use Jim Carrey. This transformed the Mask from a "very dark Horror film" to a comedy.
  • Alice Cooper's song "The Great American Success Story" was apparently intended to be the theme song. Its lyrics summarize the plot and include Dangerfield's signature quip "he don't get no respect", and the chorus contains the title phrase. The song was not used in the film, and there is no mention of the connection in the liner notes of the album.
  • One of the last shots in the opening montage is of Rodney Dangerfield golfing. This was taken directly from his second film, Caddyshack.
  • Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Downey, Jr and Edie McClurg would later all appear in the film Natural Born Killers.
  • In the original script, Dangerfield's character was poor. Harold Ramis suggested that it be changed to make him rich.
  • The room in which Thornton Mellon takes his three-hour oral exam is the same room in which Alex Owens makes her successful dance audition in Flashdance.
  • The song playing at Chaz's fraternity party (before the girls abandon it for Melon's) is "Everybody's Crazy", a song from Michael Bolton's days as a metal singer.
  • Due to Dangerfield's contractual obligations with the Miller Brewing Company and his appearances in Miller Lite beer commercials at the time, only Miller beer was allowed to be shown in certain scenes (including when Dangerfield goes to get a beer out of the refrigerator during the party at his house and during the large party at the college when the police arrive with extra beer).
  • Although Ned Beatty's character is called "Dean Martin" throughout the movie (he is the dean of the school), his actual name is identified only once as David.
  • The nickname of the Grand Lakes University swim team is called "Hooters."
  • A menu item at the Tex-Mex restaurant Moe's Southwest Grill is called "The Triple Lindy" in honor of the dive Mellon did.
  • Kurt Vonnegut played himself in a cameo for the film in which he is hired by Thornton Melon to write a paper on the topic of the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. Recognizing the work as not Melon's own, Professor Turner tells him, "Whoever did write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut."

The University of Wisconsin–Madison (also known as UW–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, or UW) is a highly selective public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Golden Globe-winning Canadian-American A-list film actor and comedian. ... Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948), is a rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans four decades. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Edie McClurg (born July 23, 1951, in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American actress. ... For the song, see Natural Born Killaz. ... Flashdance is a musical and romance film released in April 1983. ... Michael Bolton (born Michael Bolotin on February 26, 1953) is an American pop, rock, adult contemporary singer-songwriter and tenor known for his soft rock ballads and powerful singing voice. ... Miller Brewing Company is the second largest American beermaker and is based in Milwaukee. ... Miller Lite is the name of a popular pilsner beer sold by Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a 4. ... Ned Beatty Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American character actor. ... Moes Southwest Grill is an American fast casual restaurant franchised by Raving Brands in the style of Tex-Mex or Fresh Mex. ... Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ...

Soundtrack

''Back to School''
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released 1986
Genre Pop, Rock, Soul
Length 35:34
Label MCA

The soundtrack was originally only released in LP format, but was later released with selections from the score of Pee-wee's Big Adventure on CD. // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Pee-wee escapes from Warner Bros. ...


Track listing

  1. "Back to School" (Jude Cole) – 4:16
  2. "Educated Girl" (Bobby Caldwell) – 4:07
  3. "Learnin' and Livin'" (Tyson & Schwartz) – 3:25
  4. "Everybody's Crazy" (Michael Bolton) – 4:37
  5. "I'll Never Forget Your Face" (Philip Ingram) – 4:07
  6. "Twist and Shout" (Rodney Dangerfield) – 2:51
  7. "Dead Man's Party" (Oingo Boingo) – 6:17
  8. "On My Way" (Tyson & Schwartz) – 3:30
  9. "Respect" (Aretha Franklin) – 2:24

Jude Cole is a rock singer-songwriter who has also worked as a producer, television personality and actor. ... Bobby Caldwells 1978 debut album in its re-release as What You Wont Do for Love Bobby Caldwell (born August 15, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, despite a prolific musical output over his more than 25-year career, is still best known for... Michael Bolton (born Michael Bolotin on February 26, 1953) is an American pop, rock, adult contemporary singer-songwriter and tenor known for his soft rock ballads and powerful singing voice. ... Twist and Shout is a song originally by Phil Medley and Bert Russell. ... Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004), born Jacob Cohen, was an American comedian and actor, best known for the line I dont get no respect and his monologues on that theme. ... Dead Mans Party is the fourth album by Oingo Boingo, released in 1985. ... Oingo Boingo was a critically acclaimed American New Wave rock band better known for their influence, soundtrack contributions, and high energy Halloween concerts rather than their chart successes. ... Respect is an assumption of good faith and competence in another person or in the whole of oneself. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American soul, R&B, and gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She has been called for many years The Queen Of Soul, but many also call her Lady Soul, as well as...

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