Back to School

Back to School

Director: Alan Metter Cast: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young
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Overview

Back to School

Academia will never be the same when Rodney Dangerfield enrolls to become the wackiest student ever in the quintessential 1980s comedy Back to School! Presented in non-anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen, MGM has done a fair job on this transfer. Although there are some dirt and imperfections present, overall the color levels are dutifully even, with solid blacks. It is a shame that MGM decided not to make Back to School enhanced for widescreen TVs, but what is available should please fans of the film. With only a slight amount of edge enhancement present, this transfer ranks well above average. Also included on side B of this disc is a standard 1.33:1 version of the film (same quality as side A, only this version of Back to School is chopped off on the sides). Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (in English, French, and Spanish) and could have really benefited from a Dolby 5.1 remix. As it stands, this Dolby 2.0 Surround track works well, with center and front directional speakers utilized (though not to the fullest extent). The dialogue, effects, and Danny Elfman's energetic score are all distortion-free, with minimal hiss present. Also included on the disc are French and Spanish subtitles. Back to School certainly could take a few lessons from other DVD editions, as MGM has decided to make this version very basic. The only supplemental feature included on this disc is a humorous, full-frame theatrical trailer. For audio and video this disc makes the grade. For bonus materials, Back to School is going to need some serious extra credit work to pass.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2003
UPC: 0027616896919
Original Release: 1986
Rating: PG-13
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 3,900

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rodney Dangerfield Thornton Melon
Sally Kellerman Diane
Burt Young Lou
Keith Gordon Jason Melon
Robert Downey Derek
M. Emmet Walsh Coach Turnbull
Adrienne Barbeau Vanessa
Paxton Whitehead Philip Barbay
Terry Farrell Valerie
William Zabka Chas
Ned Beatty Dean Martin
Severn Darden Dr. Barazini
Sam Kinison Prof. Terguson
Robert Picardo Giorgio
Kurt Vonnegut Himself
Edie McClurg Marge
Kimberlin Ann Brown Girl in Dorm Hallway
Bob Drew Bob/Contractor
Lisa LeCover Rodette
Jill D. Merin Girl at Dorm Party
Dallas Winker Rodette
Sarah Abrell Sorority Girl
Dana Allison Young Woman
Boris Aplon Tony Meloni
Nora Boland Agnes
Lisa Denton Lisa
Holly Hayes Girl in the Crowd
Jason Hervey Young Thornton
Leslie Huntly Coed
James Ingersoll Judge
Michael McGrady Player
Santos Morales Bartender
Beth Peters Mrs. Stuyvesant
Phil Rubenstein 1st Executive
Tim Stack Trendy Man
Steve Sweeney Security Guard
Stacey Toten Hot Tub Girl
John Young 2nd Executive
Brad Zutaut Petey
Josh Saylor Student in Diane's Class
William Grauer Drunken Student
Kristen Aldrich Student in Diane's Class
Becky Le Beau Hot-Tub Girl
Tricia Hill Lisa's Friend
John William James Man in Stands
Eric Alver Student at Fraternity Party
Theresa Lyons Cashier
Curtis Stone 'Twist & Shout' Band
Danny Elfman Oingo Boingo Band Member
Kimberlee Carlson Rodette

Technical Credits
Alan Metter Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Will Aldis Screenwriter
Pete Antico Stunts
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Rodney Dangerfield Original Story,Screenwriter
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Michael Elias Screenwriter
Estelle Endler Executive Producer
Michael Endler Executive Producer
Rich Eustis Screenwriter
Greg Fields Original Story
Steven Kampmann Screenwriter
Michael Lantieri Special Effects
Marjorie Stone McShirley Production Designer
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Vern Porter Screenwriter
Will Porter Screenwriter
Harold Ramis Executive Producer,Screenwriter
David Rawlins Editor
Chuck Russell Producer
Edmund Silkaitis Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Snee Original Story
David Snyder Production Designer
Peter Torokvei Screenwriter
Richard Wolf Songwriter
Dorinda Rice Wood Costumes/Costume Designer
Dick Ziker Stunts

Scene Index

Side #1 -- WS
1. Logo/Intro [2:16]
2. Main Title [2:04]
3. Fat Business [3:32]
4. Happily Married [1:12]
5. Adam and Evil [4:36]
6. An Honest Mistake [2:12]
7. Two Regular Schmoes [:53]
8. I'll Do it With You [2:45]
9. Buying In [3:15]
10. Meet the Girl [4:13]
11. Just a Dorm Room [1:01]
12. Economics 101 [3:04]
13. Not a Fighter [3:05]
14. Gibraltar Is a Girl [2:07]
15. How About a Merger? [1:54]
16. His Son's Coach [1:49]
17. Astronomy Homework [1:23]
18. Lou, These Are Girls [1:28]
19. Teacher's Pet [5:13]
20. Help With Vonnegut [6:29]
21. Kindred Spirits [1:34]
22. Take a Letter, Marge [1:46]
23. The Swim Meet [2:48]
24. Party of the Year [3:22]
25. Academic Fraud [7:22]
26. Looking Out for Dad [2:38]
27. Serious Study [1:48]
28. A Test for Mr. Melon [1:24]
29. Love, Valerie [2:07]
30. True Poetry [1:28]
31. He Shoots, He Scores [3:05]
32. End Credits [8:07]
Side #2 -- P&S
1. Logo/Intro [2:16]
2. Main Title [2:04]
3. Fat Business [3:32]
4. Happily Married [1:12]
5. Adam and Evil [4:36]
6. An Honest Mistake [2:12]
7. Two Regular Schmoes [:53]
8. I'll Do it With You [2:45]
9. Buying In [3:15]
10. Meet the Girl [4:13]
11. Just a Dorm Room [1:01]
12. Economics 101 [3:04]
13. Not a Fighter [3:05]
14. Gibraltar Is a Girl [2:07]
15. How About a Merger? [1:54]
16. His Son's Coach [1:49]
17. Astronomy Homework [1:23]
18. Lou, These Are Girls [1:28]
19. Teacher's Pet [5:13]
20. Help With Vonnegut [6:29]
21. Kindred Spirits [1:34]
22. Take a Letter, Marge [1:46]
23. The Swim Meet [2:48]
24. Party of the Year [3:22]
25. Academic Fraud [7:22]
26. Looking Out for Dad [2:38]
27. Serious Study [1:48]
28. A Test for Mr. Melon [1:24]
29. Love, Valerie [2:07]
30. True Poetry [1:28]
31. He Shoots, He Scores [3:05]
32. End Credits [8:07]

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Back to School 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SpunkyGirlAC More than 1 year ago
Rodney Dangerfield at his comic best, he finally got some well-deserved respect with his perfect balance of comedy and dramatic acting. Think of the scene in which he tells his son that he has been told that he will have to take an oral exam (and pass it) if he wishes to remain in school.  Excellent acting.  I don't think that Rodney Dangerfield truly got the recognition he deserved, but at least this movie proves that the world of comedy was a better (and funnier) place because Rodney was a part of it.
mleiv More than 1 year ago
But mostly I always watch it for the Oingo Boingo cameo. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The jokes are familiar and still funny after seeing them countless times. This is more than Rodney getting respect, this is a homage to his comedic genius. When Kurt Vonnegut gets a failing grade for (ghost) writing an essay on his own book, BACK TO SCHOOL passes with flying colors. High honors.