Class of 1984 (1982) - Action, Crime, Drama

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A new teacher at a troubled inner-city high school soon ends up clashing with the delinquent leader of a punk posse that runs the school.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Mark L. Lester
Stars: Perry King, Merrie Lynn Ross
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 6 out of 82 found boring (7.31%)

One-line Reviews (44)

An absorbing piece of exploitation.

Lalo Schifrin supplies a supremely effective rousing and pulsating score, Albert Dunk's slick cinematography does the trick, and Alice Cooper sings the groovy theme song "I Am the Future.

King is an engaging presence in the lead, with Merrie Lynn Ross doing fine as his loving and concerned wife.

Fox as a tubby horn playing nerd; the music is excellent, with a memorable rock theme song from Alice Cooper and a cool score by Lalo Schifrin; and the script is well written and absorbing, with the only weak point being a rather daft epilogue that claims that 'Andy Norris was not prosecuted because no one admitted to seeing what he did'.

) cliché that revels in violence, and at times gore, and throws morality out the window as it first suggests that a teen lifestyle of aggressive rebellion and nihilism might have its attractive side, and then implies that - in the circumstances of our society - it's inevitable (?

An entertaining film with some notable performances by Perry King (as Norris), Roddy McDowall (as Norris' drunk teacher pal), Michael J.

However, Class of 1984 exists as an exploitation revenger, so in many ways it's pointless to try to judge it on a deeper level.

This film, a kind of update of "Blackboard Jungle" by way of "Clockwork Orange" and "Death Wish" is a fascinating look at an urban high school controlled by punk gang leader Stegman (Timothy Van Patten).

Lester, who also co-wrote the bleak, gripping and hard-hitting script with John Saxton and Tom Holland, expertly crafts a potent and compelling blend of stinging social commentary and entertaining exploitation trash: the snappy pace rarely lets up for a minute, the nerve-wracking tension gradually builds to a harrowing fever pitch in the bloody, exciting and highly satisfying last third, the grim, harsh and uncompromising tone stays true to itself to the literal bitter end, and the film's dire prediction of urban high schools as a virtual war zone proved to be scarily prophetic.

The best part of the film is the gripping conclusion, set on the night of the prom.

Not a class movie, but an engaging one .

He refuses to put up with their garbage, leading to a battle of wills that climaxes in an intense and graphic bit of retribution while a band concert is going on.

But there is something inherently absorbing about this movie, and you simply can't take your eyes off it.

but the film is surprisingly well acted and, in its ruthless and unrelenting way, very compelling.

This nasty as well as thoughtless film contains thrills , chills , intense drama , high body count and lots of violence .

Evocative cinematography , though a perfect remastering is urgent .

It's gripping stuff, well played by all involved, and certainly gets the blood boiling.

it was bad in the way that there was noway you can take the scene seriously with that playing, but it was good because it added to the comedy of the movie, and in a away made it more enjoyable.

Perry King IS fun though, he always is, and his revenge scene in the end is worth watching for.

Exciting Revenge Story .

Class of 1984 (1982) is an entertaining and thought-provoking combination of the Vigilante and High School Drama flick.

Indeed what what the film has going for it above all else are the undeniably exciting scenes of violence: Van Patten's framing of King in a dilapidated bathroom; Roddy McDowell going berserk in the classroom eliciting replies from his unresponsive pupils at gunpoint; McDowall's subsequent car-crash demise; the climax (especially the chainsaw incident) in which King eventually viciously disposes of the thugs while the all-important school concert is going on in absentia!

Finally, we have the intriguing notion that, given a little nurturing from his single parent mother, Stegman could easily have been a grade A student, but a combination of boredom and neglect (plus a dash of untreated psychosis) has made him the murderous nut-job that he is.

Rather than opting for the boring Michelle Pfeiffer approach, our teacher realizes that only way to oppress authority is by fighting back.

This is a silly but hugely entertaining pile of trash.

Riveting junk that's highly enjoyable.

Yes it all sounds very familiar & the world in which we live now over 25 years on from when Class of 1984 was made isn't that dissimilar to the one portrayed in it, in that regard it's a depressing reminder of the way things are & the fact that we knew back then the way things were headed, then again maybe I'm reading too much into a largely dull exploitation film.

Wáy over the top, but you'll have to do something if your story is too contrived and the acting, settings and outfits are more laughable than anything else.

You might want to hate this film, but in a totally immoral way it's undeniably compelling.

Exhilarating camera-work and snappy pacing also work a treat.

The gang, lead by the very-80's Timothy Van Patten, look laughably cliché'd now, apparently Punk was the root of all evil in the early 80's.

This powerful film is miles ahead of something like 187 in its depiction of classroom violence and although the subject matter is offensive, the film is still gripping to watch.

Compelling movie .

You got all the ingredients that make an entertaining movie, sex, Violence, drug use and sex.

Spewing lines like, "I am the future" and "I run this school" look too contrived and unnatural.

However this quickly becomes forgotten and jumps in to full blown exploitation territory I missed this when it became a cult hit via home video in the mid 1980s and I get the feeling I would have enjoyed it all those years ago as a teenager .

It's much more entertaining than 187.

Only more boring.

Many of todays action-movies are boring with "messages" and crap, this movie is simple and straightforward and the bad guys are BAD and they get violent deaths!

This statement might just be a little exaggerated, but it is nevertheless one of the most entertaining, uncompromising and messed up movies of the glorious 80's decade.

The script by Lester, John Saxton & Tom Holland plays like a drama for most of it's running time, I found the first 45 minutes or so pretty tedious although it does set the story up quite nicely I have to admit I was starting to get bored.

Thrilling and creaking musical score by Lalo Schifrin with initial song by Alice Cooper .

"Class of 1984" is an ultra-cheesy, melodramatic mess of a movie that is somewhat entertaining throughout the first hour.

After that, it got rather tedious and boring.