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Demolition High (1996)

R | | Action | Video 28 May 1996
A high school is taken over by terrorists with deadly far reaching intentions but one heroic, resourceful student decides to take the fight right to them.

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Jim Wynorski

Writer:

Steve Jankowski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Haim ... Lenny
Alan Thicke ... Slater
Dick Van Patten ... General Wainwright
Jeff Kober ... Luther
Melissa Brasselle ... Tanya
Kimberley Roberts Kimberley Roberts ... Stacy
Trey Alexander Trey Alexander ... Eddie
Richard Styles Richard Styles ... Warshack
Gerrit Graham ... Mr. Vogel
Stacie Randall ... Dugan
John Henry Richardson ... Hawkins (as Jay Richardson)
Tony March Tony March ... Boomer
Tony Grande Tony Grande ... Weasel
Michael Meyer Michael Meyer ... Officer Hayes
Dean Wein ... Officer Williams
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Storyline

When a group of terrorists (led by Luther) take over a high school making the students in it their hostages, it is up to several of the students (led by Lenny) to help prevent disaster while the authorities (Slater and General Wainwright) do their part on the other side. Written by Greg Patterson <patte007@bama.ua.edu>

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A high-voltage thriller!

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1996 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Demolition High See more »

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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

One of the students is wearing a Bernie Kosar Cleveland Browns jersey. See more »

Goofs

When the reporters are questioning Chief Slater when he initially pulls up to the school, none of the microphones they are using are connected to anything. The microphones are clearly ones that require a wire connection to a recording device. See more »

Quotes

Lenny Slater: The pen is mightier then the sword.
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Referenced in Magnolia (1999) See more »

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7 January 2015 | by JamieWJacksonSee all my reviews

"Demolition High" is ridiculous on many levels. However, it made me laugh a bunch. It seemed less like a fully thought-out movie and more like an exercise in putting actors into scenes. "Hey, we could have Corey shoot something out of a fire extinguisher!" "Yeah, and Melissa could walk menacingly up these stairs!" "Wait, we could use this circular saw for something..."

What surprised me was that somehow the movie managed to include the absurd as well as occasional moments when the actors and the writing made me care a little bit about the characters. I've always like Corey Haim, for whatever reason, and even though this whole film was a transparent vehicle for him to play a role (and not a very convincing role), I still rooted for "Lenny Slater". I also liked a few moments with some of the supporting cast, certainly more than the shaky script and acting would suggest.

Ultimately I give this a 5. It's laughable in many ways, but that was part of the fun. When Corey grabs a machine gun and runs *past* the injured Melissa, out of the room, down the hall, and *then* turns and fires randomly back at the room they squared off in, you can't take this seriously and you can't believe any of them did either. So just relax and enjoy the comedy, be it intentional or not.

P.S. I had to "fix" this review because my original summary of "LOL" was interpreted as shouting -- even when I added periods. :-)


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