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Three O'Clock High 1987

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Jerry Mitchell's having one of 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 lightning-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.

Starring:
Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Phil Joanou
Starring Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan
Supporting actors Richard Tyson, Stacey Glick, Jonathan Wise, Jeffrey Tambor, Philip Baker Hall, John P. Ryan, Liza Morrow, Scott Schutzman Tiler, Guy Massey, Theron Read, Mike Jolly, Charles Macaulay, Mitch Pileggi, E. Katherine Kerr, Caitlin O'Heaney, Vivian Brown, John Rothman, Sterling E. Gardner
Studio Universal Studios
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Virtually unnoticed by critics and the public, you've probably never heard of this, but it's one of the best teenage coming of age movies ever made. Not a big budget movie but nonetheless very well done. While the basic plot involving how to deal with a school bully is fairly simple, the twists and turns that occur along the way are creative and hilarious. And in the end you learn quite a bit about the bully too. The cast put everything into this one with 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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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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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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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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Three O'Clock High is a cult classic that deserves to be so much more. More than just a cult film. This is high school conflict written large like the Greek poet Homer's mythological _Iliad_. All to great comedic effect.

At it's roots, it is the story of Jerry Mitchell, ( Casey Siemaszko ) a lovable loser who is suffering through the worst day of any High School kid's life. Inspired by the classic Western _High Noon_, the hallway and classroom clocks continue to inexorably count down towards a showdown. A misunderstanding has resulted in an after school rendezvous with the school's newest student. That is the school system's most notorious bully, Buddy Revell ( Richard Tyson )

The best way to take the measure of this movie is to compare it to two other films that were released in the same mid-eighties era. _Ferris Bueller's Day Off_ is deservedly considered a classic. But where _FBDO_ is often too cute and cloying; I prefer the dark - almost black - humor of Three O'Clock High.

Let us be honest here. What real peril does Mathew Broderick face? Suspension? The wrath of... Cameron's dad?

Jerry Mitchell must face death incarnate... Buddy Revell.

It is because of Buddy that I will bring up the second mid eighties film:_Back to the Future_. Marty McFly's nemesis is Biff Tannen. A gnat compared to the sinister threat of Buddy Revell. In comparison to Buddy, Biff is a joke.

Revell glides like an Apex predator. The stylized shots that track Richard Tyson's movements as he saunters through the High School are a revelation. Dressed like a hood from a Stephen King "Coming of Age" story, Buddy Revell circles like a shark. His head swivels on his neck like that of a T-800 Terminator.
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