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Making the Grade (1984)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 18 May 1984 (USA)
A spoiled rich young man hires a young hustler, who lives in a broken car and owes money to a dicey loan shark, to take his place in his elite prep school and graduate for him.

Director:

Dorian Walker

Writers:

Gene Quintano (screenplay), Gene Quintano (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Nelson ... Eddie Keaton
Jonna Lee Jonna Lee ... Tracey Hoover
Gordon Jump ... Mr. Harriman
Walter Olkewicz ... Coach Wordman
Ronald Lacey ... Nicky
Dana Olsen Dana Olsen ... Palmer Woodrow
Carey Scott ... Rand
Scott McGinnis ... Bif
Andrew Dice Clay ... Dice (as Andrew Clay)
John Dye ... Skip
Dan Schneider ... Blimp (as Daniel Schneider)
John Stevens John Stevens ... Mr. Hoover
Lucile Doan Ewing Lucile Doan Ewing ... Mrs. Hoover (as Lucille Ewing)
Patrice Watson Patrice Watson ... Muffy
Moses Peace Moses Peace ... Regis
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Storyline

Lazy preppie Palmer Woodrow hires street-smart Eddie Keaton to go to school for him while he lives it up in Europe. Eddie falls in love with preppie gal Tracey, upsetting Biff, the Hoover Academy bully. When his bookie from the old neighborhood, Dice, comes to collect on Eddie's gambling debts and Palmer returns early from Europe, the the scheme slowly starts to unravel. Soon, Eddie can't even tell whose side he's really on. Written by Tim Kretschmann <Tim.K@VirComm.com>

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His major was attitude. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last American Preppy See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,760,856, 20 May 1984

Gross USA:

$4,561,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,561,346
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The first actor approached for the role of Eddie Keaton was Jim Carrey, who was seen by the film's casting director Julie Seltzer and the head of music for Cannon Films (now music agent) Richard Kraft at a comedy club in Los Angeles. Carrey turned down the part and Judd Nelson was cast soon after. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie is throwing rocks at his girlfriend's window, all of his dialogue is dubbed in as his lips don't move once, all while facing the camera. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Townsend: As your father's personal assistant...
Palmer Woodrow: You're an ass-kissing joke!
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Crazy Credits

Palmer and Eddie will return in Tourista Coming Soon See more »

Connections

References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Hangin' Loose
Written by Roy Budd
Performed by Shining Brass
Courtesy of Jambo Records
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Andrew "DICE" Clay
29 April 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Making the Grade is not only an OK comedy, it gives a name to a person who once was a Sylvester Stallone look alike from Brooklyn. This man is Andrew Clay, who gets a role in this movie named Dice, who would later take Dice and make it his nick name. But enough about him, this film is also a good teen comedy (not the best by far) and I liked Judd Nelson as the lead (still a bad-ass). A-


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