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Three O'Clock High [VHS] (1987)

Casey Siemaszko , Annie Ryan , Phil Joanou  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson, Stacey Glick, Jonathan Wise
  • Directors: Phil Joanou
  • Writers: Richard Christian Matheson, Thomas E. Szollosi
  • Producers: Aaron Spelling, Alan Greisman, David E. Vogel, John Davis, Neal Israel
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: November 11, 1998
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300987558
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the Back Cover

Jerry Mitchell's having one of the those days: he's late for high school, his car has a flat and he's been sent to the dean's office. But worst of all, he's just ticked off muscle-bound bully Buddy Revell, who challenges him to a fight at 3 p.m. Jerry has just seven hours, his lightening-quick wit and a savvy kid sister to find a way out of this mess. As the clock ticks away and the suspense mounts, Jerry's going to be history--unless he can make brain work against brawn in this teen comedy classic.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 16, 2006
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Virtually unnoticed by critics and the public, you've probably never heard of this one, but it's one of the best teenage coming of age movies. Not a big budget movie but nonetheless very well made. While the basic plot is fairly simple, the twists and turns that occur along the way are creative and hilarious. The cast put everything into this one-excellent performances all around. You could tell they believed in this movie. Clever and funny from start to finish, this is a delightful movie.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny; I especially liked the library scene. August 9, 1999
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There are times, I believe, when movie critics take life and themselves way too seriously. The movie "Three O'clock High", unfortunately, happens to be a victim of that mind set. The critics ripped this movie primarily because, they claim, it didn't attempt to make the bully (Buddy Revell) out to be a misunderstood, sensitive guy hiding under his rough exterior waiting to be discovered, as in "My Body Guard". They also didn't like the fact that Jerry, the nerdy hero, decided to fight.
I get the impression that these critics never attended high school, or that their high schools never had bullies. My school sure did. In the real world there are some mean people who just like being that way. Besides this movie wasn't meant to be a psychobabble special. It was meant to be a goofy, high school comedy, which it was, and a very funny one at that. Like the gentleman from Jonesboro, Ark., my teenage son and I really loved watching this movie and laughing out loud together.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Great Comedy July 27, 2003
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Unfortunately, this film was buried under a mountain of non-promotional advertising b/c of Director Philip Joanau's (sp?) refusal to change its name from THREE O'CLOCK HIGH to BELLS RING AT THREE. The film production company felt the drug connotation of "getting high after school" was not the right message to send and ignored the obvious comparisons in the title to another stellar film about facing your greatest confrontation alone, HIGH NOON. Consequently, this film didn't have a chance at the box office.
However, don't let such a little thing as a title fool you.
THREE O'CLOCK HIGH is a wild energetic ride. Casey Siemasko (sp) does a brilliant job as the young kinda/sorta nerd upstart who finds himself watching the clock all day until three p.m. ... when circumstances of fate are requiring him to face-off with the brutish new-kid-in-school twice his size. This film is as much fun as John Hughes 'high school' films, but it never found an audience as it was simply never promoted.
Accept it for what it's worth, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Superb. Outstanding and incredible! December 25, 1999
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This movie portrays what many, many American males went through in high school. Being bullied. This movies not only puts to rest old demons that still sometimes haunt grown men when they think about high school (by seeing Jerry beat up the bully instead of the other way around), but it was so funny that I can't resist watching it whenever it is on cable! The crazy antics that occur in every high school in America (and abroad), are displayed by the nutty teachers, the rabid dogs that sometimes pass for school security guards, and the crazy girl that likes you for who you are so much that she wants to "bond" with you on a display table in the school store . It is excellent! I feel that a defining moment in the movie is when Jerry is in the bathroom, washing his face, deciding whether or not it was worth getting killed by standing up to the overgrown neanderthal, Buddy Rovell. Regardless of whether or not you like the movie, we are ALL overjoyed when Jerry decides to risk life and limb for personal honor!
It is a fun movie, and I would suggest it to anyone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie November 12, 2006
As a teenager, I really got a kick out of watching Three O' Clock High and decided to purchase the DVD from Columbia House. Now, I've watched Three O' Clock High several times as an teenager and was really upset to find scenes that I'd remembered from the movie missing. In fact, there are a few scenes deleted from the movie's original version which is why I'm only giving the movie a three star rating. Had the movie been released on DVD without deleted scenes, I would have giving the movie five stars, which it truly deserves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated tale of high school angst February 25, 2000
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I think that the most important aspect of the film is that we shouldn't necessarily believe the ideas that are spoon fed to us all our lives but particuarly during those crucial yet termendously uncertain high school years. Not to mention the rest of our lives in general.
Jerry, throughout the film comes to realize much about himself, his classmates, teachers, bullies, and the objects of his affection and how positive it is to challenge one's own assumptions and begin to see people for what they truly are. There is tremendous power in courage and objectivity.
But forget about all that... The film is just plain funny and will really take you back to your high school years and all the uncertainty that came along with them. Casey Siemaszko was perfect for the role. The films director, Phil Janou, essentially shot the film as a series of still photographs that had dialogue thrown in. That was perfect because to me that's how much of high school seemed.
Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny flick about Bullies!
Published 18 days ago by Blaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
met expectations
Published 21 days ago by Christopher Wooden
5.0 out of 5 stars my 11 year old boy loved it!
a blast from my past!! my 11 year old boy loved it!!
Published 24 days ago by frank lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Item exactly as
Item exactly as stated
Published 26 days ago by M. Smile
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, groundbreaking high-school comedy from the 80s!
THREE O'CLOCK HIGH (1987) is rightfully being discovered as one of the true best 1980s high school comedies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BackToGood
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullies!!! Blood!!! Mayhem!! watch out, it's almost 3 o'clock!!
I am an 80s movie fanatic. However, I had no idea this movie existed!

It is a classic high-school based plot similar to all the others that I love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by drswifey
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY ENTERTAINING & FUNNY!!
I never get tired of this comedy! Besides the humor, I'm compelled to watch till the very end because I want to see the "good guy" win!
Published 1 month ago by aca21090
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Movie
Classic funny movie. If you have kids in high school this is a must see. Funny from beginning to end.
Published 3 months ago by Mark Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Nerd Movie
I remember watching this as a teen and thinking how true-to-life it seemed.
Of course that was (ahem) 30 years ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by stephanie stone
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