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Rock 'n' Roll High School1979

Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)




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Vince Lombardi High School continues to lose its school principles. The students are more concerned with rock 'n' roll than their education until the new principle, Miss Evelyn Togar is hired. She promises to set Vince Lombardi High School straight, and get the students focus back on education. However, a Ramones concert is coming to town, and Riff Randall, the biggest Ramones fan at the high school, plans on getting tickets to the concert in order to give them a song that she wrote entitled "Rock N' Roll High School". A series of events including Miss Togar taking away Riff's tickets, a record burning and a taking over of the high school by Vince Lombardi High students and the Ramones, leads to a school evacuation by the police and an even more surprising ending!

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P.J. Soles
as Riff Randell
Vincent Van Patten
as Tom Roberts
Clint Howard
as Eaglebauer
Dey Young
as Kate Rambeau
Loren Lester
as Fritz Hansel
Mary Woronov
as Evelyn Togar
Dick Miller
as Police Chief Klein
Paul Bartel
as Mr. McGree
Alix Elias
as Coach Steroid
Don Steele
as Screamin' Steve Stevens
Daniel Davies
as Fritz Gretel
Lynn Farrell
as Angel Dust
Marky Ramone
as Himself
Herb Braha
as Manager
Grady Sutton
as School Board President
Barbara Walters
as Cafeteria Lady
Michael Goodwin
as Chemistry Teacher
Barbara Ann Walters
as Cafeteria Lady
Joey Ramone
as Himself
Ann Chatterton
as (uncredited)
Debbie Evans
as (uncredited)
Jack Gill
as (uncredited)
John Hateley
as (uncredited)
Kay Kimler
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Rock 'n' Roll High School

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

It's more cleverly cut than shot -- which means that it moves quickly and energetically even as the concepts and characters disintegrate.

April 14, 2009 | Full Review…

For all its throwaway humour, this is basically just a pleasant reworking of the kids versus adults rock'n'roll movie format of the '50s.

February 19, 2007 | Full Review…
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The pity is that with a bit more care and flair, it could have been a really sweet little movie.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Thanks to a superb soundtrack, a quip-packed screenplay (my favorite: "Do your parents know you're Ramones?"), and P.J. Soles' boundless energy, it's near-impossible to resist this film's goofy charms.

November 30, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A bonafide love letter to the punk juggernauts that ruled music in the seventies and eighties.

January 3, 2017 | Full Review…

casting the Ramones ranks as a real coup

March 4, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rock 'n' Roll High School

This is one great film that is nonstop fun from start to finish. I was surprised by how much I loved the film. This is one great musical that is funny and well acted. P.J Soles is as usual wonderful, and I find it's a fine departure from her horror career. The film has the famous Punk rock band The Ramones provide the soundtrack and an appearance as well. This is one of the best Cult films that you can see. The film is well written, fun from start to finish and has some great performances. If you're looking for the perfect rock musical, then this is the film to watch. Also Rock 'n' Roll High School delivers the laughs and is a good natured film and is one of the best Teen comedy films of the 1970's. The film's lead actress definitely makes this film what it is. If you're looking for a fun film to watch, then this is the perfect choice. There's never anything boring the film, and it is entertaining from start to finish and it is one of the most enjoyable musicals that I've seen. Director Allan Arkush did a fine job here and with a great at hand, he able to pull off something special and the result is seen on-screen. Simply a well done film that delivers everything you want from a good old fashioned Cult hit. Rock 'n' Roll High School is definitely one of the finest cult films that Roger Corman has produced.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A movie musical that straddles the fine line between sugary sweet and punk rock chic, Rock 'n' Roll bridges that gap between Grease and High School Musical, with songs that aren't nauseating and characters that are against the establishment but don't broach on Fonzie territory. Somehow this movie makes a case for punk music but in a feel good kind of way. The characters are all high school students up against the new principal, Togar, who hates The Ramones and tries to make an example of the high school's hippest rock and roll protege Riff Randell. Riff loves The Ramones, and most of the movie is about her getting to meet them, seeing them in concert, and the fight against the principal. A lot of rock and punk music is featured, especially showcasing The Ramones. Casting the band was a brilliant move, and they really shine here as silent versions of themselves, ribbing with the rest of the characters. The movie also moves really fast from one idea to the next, more of the cuts being featured than the editing. It's also funny in many ways, including sight gags, references, and a brand of humor that I can only closely describe with parody but on its own superficial level. I loved the mood, the costuming, the gun ho attitude of the students and the unavailability of the entire film. It was truly manic, Looney Tunes' fun, and if you love The Ramones on top of everything else, than this is the film for you.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


An incredibly fun and adventurous rock and roll movie. Plus, the Ramones are in the movie.I love this movie!

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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