- Actors: Merrie Lynn Ross, Perry King, Timothy Van Patten
- Directors: Mark L. Lester
- Format: Collector's Edition, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Shout Factory
- Release Date: April 14 2015
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00S0DW56G
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,393 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Class Of 1984 (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Drug Dealing. Gang Beatings. Prostitution. They're all part of a typical day for the students of Lincoln High. Into this academic abyss arrives Andy Norris, an idealistic and naive music teacher who has moved into the community with his pregnant wife Diane. Appalled by the crime-infested school, Norris soon crosses sabers with its teenage kingpin, the shrewd and sadistic Peter Stegman. With Norris setting his sights on reforming Stegman, and the young miscreant declaring war on his teacher, the duo sets a fateful showdown into motion on the night of an important school orchestra performance.
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What is so great about Class of 1984 besides the fact that they shot it in Toronto , at 'Central High School ' of all places, and filmed all other scenes in and around downtown Toronto and a few of its great neighbourhoods...(which is AWESOME to look back on now, so many years later , to get a full on nostalgia trip about my youth in the 80's!) is the sheer intensity of the acting, and the realism of the soundtrack, along with a few of the downtown scenes inside and outside this famous Toronto Club just off of Young St , on Edward I think it might have been, where they actually got
one of Canada's great Punk bands, Teenage Head to perform 'Aint got no sense' while they filmed a great looking (though a wee bit too contrived ) slam dance/ mosh pit , this was way before there were many people doing stage dives , yet there is one or two In this scene! Afterwards you see that this gang of hoodlums are basically operating like an organized crime family!! A bit farfetched but perhaps not too far from the truth since this was a long time back , and there were not the same conditions we have now in our big cities where there really could not be just ONE small gang of teenagers running a mini-crime syndicate on their own! Anyways , this film was very very violent , especially for the times, including a vicious RAPE scene , which will disturb anyone even today, in fact the more I think about it, the violence in this film , is just as bad as Scarface which funnily enough came out right at the same year didn't it! So what we have for a plot line here is reminiscent of the film Walking Tall in some ways, as you have the reluctant HERO who is basically pushed over the edge due to these psychopaths being after him mercilessly , and finally TAKING his wife , which he is told about during a huge concert he is conducting at the high school , and which causes him to pretty much come right down to these punks level and well, lets face it , he IS fighting for his life and the life of his wife so you really cant blame him for going overboard.
This is a highly stimulating , exciting film , which is also HISTORICAL at this point I would say, or nostalgic for some...and it is also highly violent and sexually explicit , so it is what I would classify as R+ or restricted with viewer discretion as well...I hope I did not wander too far off topic through this!
One can only hope and pray that no public high school today is remotely like Lincoln High. When tough guy Peter Stegman (Timothy Van Patten) boasts that he runs the school, he means it. When he's not thumbing his nose at authorities or having fellow classmates assaulted, Stegman runs a bona fide criminal network, pushing drugs, pimping prostitutes, you name it. He and his gang of fellow hoodlums (including one sadistic girl) answer to no one inside or outside the graffiti-marred walls of the high school. The only person with the guts to stand up to them is, of all things, the new music teacher. Andrew Norris (Perry King) makes himself Stegman's Enemy Number One the very first day -- and that initial skirmish soon, and inevitably, turns into all-out war. If there was ever an army of one, it is Andrew Norris. The principal gave up long ago, choosing to keep looking the other way as his school comes crashing down around him. The only other faculty member we get to know is biology teacher Terry Corrigan (Roddy McDowall), a broken man who relies on alcohol to get him through each miserable day. And the cops are impotent to act time and again because no witnesses are brave enough to talk. Even a young Michael Fox (sans the J. in this early role) is afraid to speak up, even after one of his friends comes to a bad end, courtesy of Stegman's illegal drug emporium.
Norris is no saint, mind you. When he's falsely accused of physically attacking Stegman, he goes a little bit off the deep end, giving the punk a strong dose of his own medicine. That's when things turn dangerous. A good thrashing is soon the least of Norris' worries, as his friend Corrigan cracks up completely, one of the few good students in the school is stabbed in the middle of the cafeteria, and no one in a position of authority is prepared to do anything at all to restore order. All the while, Norris is increasingly baited and taunted by Stegman's gang. The stage is now set for the film's rather shocking last 15-20 minutes, which begins with a surprisingly disturbing attack and just gets more and more intense from that point on. If you thought all high school orchestra performances were mind numbingly boring, you haven't seen Class of 1984; no one remains seated when this show ends.
I wasn't expecting the kind of violence this film unleashes toward the end. Although it registers much lower on the shock meter now than it did back in 1982 (one of the screenwriters, Barry Schneider, was so offended by it he had his name removed from the credits), the level of violence may turn a few people off -- although I can't see how anyone can consider it unjustified.
What I found truly surprising, though, was the quality of the acting. Timothy Van Patten as a ruthless gang leader? I was expecting to devote at least a full paragraph to some good old-fashioned mockery. And Roddy McDowell? He's never been a favorite of mine, but he was incredible in this movie. Even Perry King delivered in a big way. Every which way you look at it, Class of 1984 is just a great movie.
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