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Class (1983)

A young man in private school spends one crazy night out, but soon realizes the woman he hooked up with is not who he expected.

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Lewis John Carlino

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Ellen
Rob Lowe ... Skip
Andrew McCarthy ... Jonathan
Cliff Robertson ... Mr. Burroughs
Stuart Margolin ... Balaban
John Cusack ... Roscoe
Alan Ruck ... Roger
Rodney Pearson Rodney Pearson ... Allen
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ... Kennedy
Virginia Madsen ... Lisa
Deborah Thalberg Deborah Thalberg ... Susan
Fern Persons Fern Persons ... Headmistress DeBreul
Casey Siemaszko ... Doug
Aaron Douglas Aaron Douglas ... Barry
Anna Maria Horsford ... Maggie
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Storyline

Jonathan, a naive country boy, gets a scholarship to a classy prep school, where he rooms with suave, rich and handsome Skip. Skip decides it is his duty to see that Jonathan loses his virginity, so he sends Jonathan to Chicago, where Jonathan meets Ellen, a beautiful older woman, and they be- gin an affair which ends abruptly when Ellen discovers Jonathan is 17. During Christmas break, Jonathan visits Skip's house and discovers that Ellen is Skip's mother. Ellen tells Jonathan to leave when he rejects her advances, but then begins calling him and begging to see him. Finally, Jonathan agrees to meet her and plans to end the affair, but Ellen seduces him--and that's when Skip, who followed Jonathan, discovers them. Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>

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Freshman English was never like this! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Class - Vom Klassenzimmer zur Klassefrau See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$21,667,789, 31 December 1983
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Astrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Third and final film directed by Academy Award nominated screenwriter Lewis John Carlino, who subsequently returned to screenwriting. See more »

Goofs

Roger has a black right eye in one scene. Later that same day, the black eye is gone. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Delowie: I know we're supposed to give our full co-operation to this stupid and pointless investigation. But when they interrupt one of my classes, it pisses me off.
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Referenced in Dave's Old Porn: Kathy Griffin/Tom Byron (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Hiding From Love
Composed by Bryan Adams, Eric Kagna and Jim Vallance
Performed by Bryan Adams
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A film that epitomizes the "New Renaissance 82-87"
4 August 2001 | by dcs84See all my reviews

Okay, I must admit, it is difficult for me to remain entirely rational about this film, because it evokes sentimental memories. But I love this film, I love it, what can I say. For me it has everything, the ivy league ambience, the lovable-I-own-the-place-swagger of Rob Lowe, the appropriate witticisms, at the appropriate times read by a cast to kill for.

The film begins and ends with the "kids" in complete control, theres no PC screwing around either, all of the students do drugs, with most of the action taking place at a prep boarding school there's poker games and smoking after lights out. I tried to re-enact the John Cussack 'tip truck' smoking trick for almost a decade, in fact it was the prime reason I took up smoking in the first place.

The New Renaissance has been indicated by many social historians as the years 1982 to 1987 with the peak beginning with the opening night of the movie ET, and the end coinciding with the closing ceremony of the 1984 LA olympics. This film, having been made in 1983, stands as a virtual document to the affirmations and values of Western Culture at its peak. The scene of the triumphal holiday return of Rob Lowes character to his ancestral home is resplendant with a punk version of 'the little drummer boy', as he tears through New England countryside in his Porshe charger......breathtaking.

Nothing since the death of communism comes close to replicating the self confidence that shimmers off this film with the possible exception of "The Chocolate War". This film is not to be taken as a trite story but should be viewed in the light that reflects what it is, an artistic vision of the height of teen existence at the height of human existence, not too big a call I'm sure you'd agree.


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