Rock 'n' Roll High School (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) [Blu-ray]
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"Do your parents know you're Ramones?" With those withering words, Miss Togar (Mary Woronov), the uptight neofascist principal of Vince Lombardi High School, addresses the four mop-haired, leather-jacketed members of America's first and most famous punk band. And you know it won't be long before the Ramones's jackhammer riffs are blaring through the public address system at maximum volume, the kids are running--not walking--wild in the hallways (without passes!), and Miss Togar's gulag is re-christened "Rock 'n' Roll High School." Then, in keeping with the outrageously nihilistic animus of punk, the high school students and the Ramones just blow the place to smithereens. It's a crowd- pleasing, fantasy-fulfillment climax that combines the apocalyptic finale of Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point with the explosive conclusion of Alice Cooper's "School's Out." Rock 'n' Roll High School is a blast, a goofy and liberating salute to the rebel spirit behind the teen rock & roll movies of the 1950s, which always pitted the kids' insatiable appetite for fun against the adults' fear-based authoritarianism. The film is emblematic of the disarmingly silly, tongue-in-cheek humor of the youth-oriented B-pictures cranked out in the '50s and '60s by renowned low-budget exploitation mogul Roger Corman (who gave many a hungry young filmmaker, including the creators of this film, their start in the biz), and of the noisy, anarchic energy of '70s punk rock, as personified by the inimitable Ramones. In the words of the maestros' beach-blanket-buzz-saw title anthem, this movie is "Fun, fun, oh baby, fun, fun..." --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The movie does a great job of playfully championing the Ramones as rock gods and yet shows them being accessible to their fans. The band first appears in a car driving down the street on the way to their venue as they play "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do." Once outside the club, they get out of the car and interact with the crowd of ticket buyers. The editing, coupled with the insanely catchy song gives the scene an infectious energy.
From B-movie veterans like Paul (Eating Raoul) Bartel and Mary (Death Race 2000) Woronov to newcomers (at the time), P.J. (Halloween) Soles and Dey (Strange Invaders) Young, the entire cast has a lot of fun spouting the film's wonderfully inspired cornball dialogue ("If you don't like it, you can put it where the monkey puts the nuts."). The Ramones are good sports and mumble their way through the film and truly coming alive during the music sequences. The movie rightfully cements their reputation as legends.
Rock 'n' Roll High School embodies the essence of the punk rock music that made the Ramones famous. The film is bursting with youthful energy, a dose of good ol' fashion anarchy and is loads of fun to watch. These are also the ingredients that made Rock 'n' Roll High School a cult film. It was a commercial and critical failure upon its initial release but repeated midnight screenings, coupled with steady appearances on TV, have helped the film endure over the years.Read more ›
Seriously, this movie has everything you could possibly think of, with the kitchen sink thrown in. We got the 'Ron Howard's Brother' in possibly one of his largest roles ever. His office is the boy's room and he aims to bring romance into your life. Even if you're a nerdy football player(?) who's opening line has something to do with the rain in Idaho.
The Ramones make this movie, there's no argument there. You get some concert footage of them that is filmed well. Where ele can you get footage of Joey singing with a camera a half inch away from his face?? They get some funny lines and end the film running through the high school with the rest of the kids. Sure the school gets blown up in the end, but c'mon it's all in the name of rock n roll.
I enjoyed the commentary track a lot too, the movie was shot in less than three weeks on the smallest budget possible, so there's obviously a lot of fun stories on how they managed to put everything together on such tight constraints, and still have a great time doing it.
Rock'n Roll High School is by no means the greatest movie ever made or anything of that class, but that doesn't take away from the fact that its just plain fun to watch, and re-watch. Get it and have some fun.
This movie has been the frame of my life, from the first time i saw it I have been in love with Joey. I am now in High School, and none of my friends are familiar with The Ramones, yet I am still hopelessly devoted to them.
If you dont like the Ramones, you will after you have watched the movie. If you do like them, watching this will make you like them even more! It's funny, kinda cool and the music rocks!!! It tells the story of Riff Randall, the Ramones' number one fan, who will go to any lengths to defend them, AND MEET THEM!
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Classic movie! I remember watching this when I was much younger and really enjoying this film. From the great music to the rebellious teen attitude towards school and those putting... Read morePublished 19 months ago by BLAK N BLU
I became a huge Ramones fan after seeing this movie for the first time ~24 years ago at a drive-in. (And where is Marla Rosenfield (Cheryl) now? Read morePublished on July 31 2004 by dvp
This is a masterpiece of low budget cinema. Everything about this movie rocks. The Ramones are undoubtedly one of the best punk rock bands of all time and this film showcases them... Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by Tate Hemlock
If you were 12 in 1980, this would definitely the coolest movie ever made. For everyone else, this movie is basically a cheesy third-rate teen movie saved only by the incredible... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Mathias
whoa, whoa, whoa! I haven't seen this movie but you darn well should. tell me about it when you are done watching it! THIS IS NOT A MOVIE KIDS SHOULD BE WATCHINGPublished on Jan. 18 2004 by C. D Ward