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Graduation Day (1981)

A masked killer begins murdering students on the school track team after a track runner dies upon completion of a 30 second 200-meter race.

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Herb Freed
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Coach Michaels
Patch Mackenzie ... Anne Ramstead
E. Danny Murphy E. Danny Murphy ... Kevin
E.J. Peaker ... Blondie
Michael Pataki ... Guglione
Richard Balin Richard Balin ... Roberts
Carmen Argenziano ... Halliday
Beverly Dixon Beverly Dixon ... Elaine Ramstead
Virgil Frye ... MacGregor
Hal Bokar Hal Bokar ... Ronald Corliss
Denise Cheshire ... Sally
Bill Hufsey ... Tony (as Billy Hufsey)
Linnea Quigley ... Dolores
Karen Abbott Karen Abbott ... Joanne
Vanna White ... Doris
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Storyline

After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin. Written by matt-282

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This is one school you won't want to graduate from! See more »


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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Graduation Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The blonde girl in the number 46 track jersey was cut out of the film as much as possible since she was fired due to refusal to fulfill the nudity requirements. Linnea Quigley was hired to replace her. Quigley talked about her big break in a 2004 interview. "I got Graduation Day by going in and having to act scared. This other girl had already been cast as Delores but once she got on the set she refused to show her breasts, so they called me and I was scared too, but I wanted to do the film so badly, and back then it was like a huge no no to refuse to do nudity, so I guess I got lucky." It wasn't her first time to do nude scenes. She had already been fully nude in previous films, including one where she played a 15-year old girl (she was 21 at the time) who danced naked during a movie audition. See more »

Goofs

When the girl is running from the killer at the party, in one shot it's day, while the rest of the shots are filmed at night. See more »

Quotes

[Halliday is questioning Coach Michaels about the missing teenagers]
Halliday: They were all on your team.
Coach Michaels: I don't have a team.
Halliday: How do you mean that?
Coach Michaels: Well, in case you haven't heard, I've been canned.
Halliday: I heard.
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, the killer is shown holding the stopwatch he uses to time his murders. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2003 UK release on the Hollywood DVD label runs around 5 minutes longer than the original video version, and includes footage of death scenes from Night Screams. See more »

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Referenced in Scream 2 (1997) See more »

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The Winner
by Lance Owg, Gabriel Rohels and David Cole
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Underwhelming Teen Slasher

Make no mistake - Graduation Day is no lost masterpiece. It's a bit slow, the acting isn't great, and the cheese is overflowing throughout, but there's some stuff to recommend.

A young track star dies during a meet and her fellow teammates begin getting slaughtered one by one. Is it the pushy coach? The victim's sister? Her boyfriend? The creepy janitor? Pretty much everyone is a suspect here, but the mystery is nothing to write home about.

Come to think of it, the death scenes aren't either. A lot of them are either off screen or blink and you'll miss it. This could be forgiven if there were better characters or a more interesting plot, but they're both pretty ho hum. The most interesting character is Anne, the sister of the dead track star, who appears to be our lead for a few minutes before getting lost in the ensemble and only appearing periodically. This leaves us without anyone to really root for or drive the story along, so it can be a bit of a slog to get through.

Linnea Quigley shows up and adds some fun to the mix, so there's always that. There's also an amusing death by football, which you can't hate.

Graduation Day might be a bit slow and not sure of which direction to take, but it's not the worst slasher flick you'll see.


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