Three O'Clock High

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • UPC: 025192365126
  • Original Release: 1987
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,802

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
Brian Andrews Nerdy Kid
Bob Apisa Cop #1
Vivian Brown Miss Vail
Paul Feig Hall Monitor
Mike Jolly Craig Mattey
E. Katherine Kerr Mrs. Phillips
Charles Macauley Voytek Dolinski
Guy Massey Scott Cranston
Alice Nunn Nurse Palmer
Caitlin O'Heaney Miss Farmer
Mitch Pileggi Duke Herman
Theron Read Mark Bojeekus
John Rothman Mr. Medved
Yeardley Smith Cheerleader
Shirley Stoler Eva
Tom Taylor Jock #3
Tom Taylor Jock #3
Scott Tiler Bruce Chalmer
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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      Spoken Language: English
      English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish/Español Subtitles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun Movie!

    This film was shot at my high school during my freshman year. It was really neat to see how the movie was filmed and to see my old classmates in it once it was finished. A true classic. If you like movies like ''The Breakfast Club'' and ''Sixteen Candles'' you'll enjoy this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2003

    A cult classic

    I concur with the last review citing outstanding cinematography. Possibly the best I have seen as well. I am amazed that this did not become more of a mainstream hit. Pick it up and you will not regret it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2003

    Snappy Direction - Please Make it on DVD !

    Janou uses classic cinematographic tricks better than any other director/cinematographer I've ever seen. He creates tension by approaching his subject quickly with the camera while simultaneously zooming out - GREAT EFFECT. This sorely underrated, light-hearted comedy masterpiece deserves a widescreen format DVD production. I'm waiting...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2003

    Looking Everywhere

    My sister and I have loved this movie since it debuted. I have been looking everwhere for a copy. I can't wait to receive my copies. I only wish they had it on DVD.

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