Three O'Clock High

Three O'Clock High

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Director: Phil Joanou

Cast: Casey Siemaszko, Anne Ryan, Stacey Glick

     
 

The first feature film from director Phil Joanou (State of Grace), Three O' Clock High chronicles a high school nerd's much hyped after-school bout with the infamous class bully. When the impish Jerry Mitchell (Casey Siemaszko) is assigned to interview the new transfer student with a supposedly violent past, Buddy Revell (Richard Tyson), he makes theSee more details below

Overview

The first feature film from director Phil Joanou (State of Grace), Three O' Clock High chronicles a high school nerd's much hyped after-school bout with the infamous class bully. When the impish Jerry Mitchell (Casey Siemaszko) is assigned to interview the new transfer student with a supposedly violent past, Buddy Revell (Richard Tyson), he makes the fatal mistake of touching his subject. Revell, who hates being touched, responds by challenging the unwilling Mitchell to a fight at three o'clock in the parking lot. Spanning the course of the school day, the film follows the disaster-bound Mitchell as he soils his good-boy image through various misguided attempts at averting the fight. Also making noteworthy appearances in the film are Jeffrey Tambor and Philip Baker Hall.

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Often mistakenly canonized among the collection of 1980s teen comedies about the joys and horrors of the high school experience (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink, to name a few), director Phil Joanou's darkly humorous tale of an impending after-school fight between the class geek and the school bully, although seemingly innocuous, is a surprisingly stylistic effort. Employing numerous jump cuts and extreme close-ups throughout, Joanou deftly dramatizes (or, rather, melodramatizes) his central character's precarious situation by repeatedly zeroing in on the ever-ominous clock that hangs over him during his six-hour stretch at school. Three O'Clock High, which recalls Martin Scorsese's frenetic 1985 comedy After Hours, winningly captures the bumbling, downward spiral of its adolescent everyman hero. More adroit cinematically than one might assume, Joanou's feature is an unexpectedly smart satire.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
UPC:
0025192365126
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
13,947

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Casey Siemaszko Jerry Mitchell
Anne Ryan Franny Perrins
Stacey Glick Brei Mitchell
Jonathan Wise Vincent Costello
Richard Tyson Buddy Revell
Jeffrey Tambor Mr. Rice
Liza Morrow Karen Clarke
Philip Baker Hall Detective Mulvahill
John Ryan Mr. O'Rourke
Scott Tiler Bruce Chalmer
Guy Massey Scott Cranston
Theron Read Mark Bojeekus
Mike Jolly Craig Mattey
Charles Macauley Voytek Dolinski
Mitch Pileggi Duke Herman
E. Katherine Kerr Mrs. Phillips
Caitlin O'Heaney Miss Farmer
Vivian Brown Miss Vail
John Rothman Mr. Medved
Shirley Stoler Eva
Alice Nunn Nurse Palmer
Brian Andrews Nerdy Kid
Bob Apisa Cop #1
Paul Feig Hall Monitor
Yeardley Smith Cheerleader
Tom Taylor Jock #3

Technical Credits
Phil Joanou Director
Tom Bugenhaven Production Designer
John Davis Co-producer
Joe Anne Fogle Editor
Christopher Franke Score Composer
Alan Greisman Executive Producer
Neal Israel Co-producer
Silvester Levay Score Composer
Richard Christian Matheson Screenwriter
William Matthews Production Designer
Jane Ruhm Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Aaron Spelling Executive Producer
Thomas Szollosi Screenwriter
Tangerine Dream Score Composer
David E. Vogel Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. One of Those Days (Main Titles) [7:25]
2. Buddy Revell [5:25]
3. Big News [7:01]
4. Little Problem [6:34]
5. Time to Bond [3:44]
6. No Escape [6:10]
7. Hired Hand [8:10]
8. Foiled Plan [4:27]
9. No Way Out [3:41]
10. Book Report [4:59]
11. Unexpected Invitation [4:24]
12. Caught Cheating [6:47]
13. Never Gonna Learn [2:39]
14. I'm No Conard [2:20]
15. Show Down [4:18]
16. The Final Blow [4:53]
17. Business Is Booming [3:52]
18. End Titles [2:37]

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