Rock 'n' Roll High School

Rock 'n' Roll High School

Director: Allan Arkush Cast: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard
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Rock 'n' Roll High School

Rock 'n' Roll High School is a prime example of a 1970s movie phenomenon: a cult film that was deliberately designed to be a cult film. High-schooler Riff Randell's (P.J. Soles) efforts to meet the Ramones are continually thwarted by rock & roll-hating principal Evelyn Togar (Mary Woronov). Ms. Togar is the zealous sort who conducts experiments on laboratory rats to prove the adverse effect of rock music on innocent teenagers. Riff knows that she'll have to be twice as clever and devious as Togar to get her daily supply of Ramones -- and thereby hangs our tale. A secondary plot involves the efforts of pimply student Eaglebauer (Clint Howard) to arrange a date with the very particular Riff. A deliciously anarchistic climax caps this never-a-dull-moment spoof of 1950s rock & roll musicals.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2010
UPC: 0826663118858
Original Release: 1979
Rating: PG
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 25,648

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Allan Arkush, producer Mike Finnell and screenwriter Richard Whitley; New audio commentary with director Allan Arkush, P.J. Soles and Clint Howard; New audio commentary with screenwriter Richard Whitley & Russ Dvonch; Back to school: a retrospective including all-new interviews with Allan Arkush, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Dey Young and Marky Ramone; Staying after class: A new interview with P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten and Dey Young; Interview with Roger Corman conducted by Leonard Maltin; New interview with director Allan Arkush including a loot at rare, behind-the-scenes stills from his personal collection; Audio outtakes from the Roxy; Original radio ads and tv spots; Original theatrical trailer with commentary by Eli Roth courtesy of

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
P.J. Soles Riff Randell
Vincent Van Patten Tom Roberts
Clint Howard Eaglebauer
Dey Young Kate Rambeau
Mary Woronov Evelyn Togar
Paul Bartel Mr. McGree
Loren Lester Fritz Hansel
Daniel Davies Fritz Gretel
Alix Elias Coach Steroid
Don Steele Screamin' Steve Stevens
Lynn Farrell Angel Dust
Herb Braha Manager
Jack Gill Actor
John Hateley Actor
Dee Dee Ramone Himself
Marky Ramone Himself
Debbie Evans Actor
Dick Miller Police Chief Klein
Grady Sutton School Board President
Barbara Walters Cafeteria Lady
Michael Goodwin Chemistry Teacher
Joey Ramone Himself
Johnny Ramone Himself
Ramones Actor

Technical Credits
Allan Arkush Director,Original Story
Larry Bock Editor
Jack Buehler Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Corman Executive Producer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Joe Dante Original Story,Screenwriter
Russ Dvonch Screenwriter
Michael Finnell Producer
Siana Lee Hall Choreography
Marie Kordus Art Director
Joseph McBride Screenwriter
Gerald T. Olson Asst. Director
Linda Pearl Set Decoration/Design
Ramones Score Composer
Gail Werbin Editor
Richard Whitley Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rock 'n' Roll High School
1. New Principle [8:23]
2. Cats and Dogs [9:59]
3. Peculiar Incidents [8:29]
4. Cute Dork [8:37]
5. First in Line [7:44]
6. Road to Ruin [8:45]
7. Free Tickets [7:10]
8. Screamin' Steve [10:31]
9. Hey, Pizza! [4:46]
10. Black Mark [8:45]
11. Start Talking [7:52]
12. End Credits [2:06]

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Rock 'n' Roll High School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this film first came out when I was in the fifthe grade, it really became a part of my life in high school when I and my freinds would play it every single day. We always got up and bounced around the room during the scene when the Ramones drive down the street singing 'Just wanna have something to do'. I still quote this film and no one ever knows what I'm talking about. It's worth noting that Phil Spector produced the soundrack and there are a couple of songs that appear on no other Ramones albums but in this film and the soundtrack album. Specifically 'I want you around' and the smix of the fake live version of 'Rock n Roll High School' which is better than on End of the Century. It's got the the usual Roger Corman crew of Mary Wornov and Paul Bartel, as well as notable appearences by Clint Howard and Vincent Van Patten. But best of all it has the Ramones who clearly are too incoherant to utter any intelligable lines, but absolutely rock every scene they are in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was made by Roger Corman, the king of the drive-in movies. By itself, that should be a high enough recommendation, but I have long believed that this is the single greatest rock¿n¿roll movie ever made. It¿s funny, smart, cockeyed, sly, and best of all, it has the Ramones. The plot of the film is so convoluted that there is no easy way to summarize it, so I won¿t try here, but if I were to ever meet a being from another planet and was asked what rock¿n¿roll was all about, this is one of only two or three movies that I¿d be able to show them to help with the explanation. The film gets extra points for casting the delectable P.J. Soles as Riff, the hyperhormonal Ramones groupie/suburban princess. This might not be the greatest movie ever made, but it is surely one of the funniest, and Corman¿s craft as filmmaker for the kiddies is never more apparent than it is here. When this little number was shown at heartland drive-in theatres, people crawled out of their car's back seats and actually watched the screen.