DVD 96 mins IMDB 5.9 (5,108 votes)
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Back to School
MGM/UA (6/13/1986)
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(5/6/2006 )

John Wood
USA  /  English

Rodney Dangerfield Thornton Melon
Sally Kellerman Dr. Diane Turner
Burt Young Lou
Keith Gordon Jason Melon
Robert Downey Jr. Derek
Paxton Whitehead Dr. Phillip Barbay
Terry Farrell Valerie Desmond
M. Emmet Walsh Coach Turnbull
Adrienne Barbeau Vanessa
William Zabka Chas
Ned Beatty Dean Martin
Severn Darden Dr. Borozini
Sam Kinison Professor Terguson
Robert Picardo Giorgio
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Kurt Vonnegut

Director Alan Metter
Producer Chuck Russell
Writer Rodney Dangerfield; Greg Fields; Harold Ramis; Steve Kampmann
Cinematography Thomas E. Ackerman
Musician Rodney Dangerfield; Danny Elfman; Peter D. Kaye; Richard Wolf
User Credit 1 David Rawlins
User Credit 2 Durinda Wood

"A big belly-laugh of a comedy!" - Los Angeles Times

This title has been discontinued by the studio for the time being. A new version will be made available in the future and it will be announced at that time Rodney Dangerfield (Caddyshack, Meet Wally Sparks) makes the grade with this laugh-riot comedy that's in a class of its own! Higher education will never be the same when co-stars Sally Kellerman, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Kinison, Ned Beatty and more join the maniac as he takes on the brainiacs!

Thornton Melon's (Dangerfield) son is a college misfit, so Thornton's lending some fatherly support…by enrolling as a fellow freshman! Who cares if the owner of the "Tall and Fat" clothing empire never finished high school? Thornton's pockets are deep enough to buy a ticket to class…and hire NASA to do his homework! But when he ticks off his professor -- and then steals his girlfriend -- Thornton takes things just a little too far. Now, he'll have to hit the books -- instead of his bank account -- or go back to being the world's wealthiest dropout!

"Dangerfield is sensational" (The Hollywood Reporter) in this howlingly funny comedy that scores an A+!

Edition Details
Barcode 027616896919
Region Region 1
Chapters 32
Release Date 6/26/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen (16:9)
Subtitles English (Closed Captioned); French; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Surround [French]
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Collectible Booklet
Original Theatrical Trailer
Personal Details
Purchase Date 5/6/2006
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.
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Trivia: Alice Cooper's song "The Great American Success Story" was apparently intended to be the theme song. Its lyrics summarize the plot and include "he don't get no respect", and the chorus contains the title phrase. The song was not used in the film, and there is no mention of the connection in the liner notes of the album. (more)

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Thornton and Lou are making the Bruce Springsteen sign, the student at the table is supposed to be writing on a poster but the marker is clearly not touching the paper. (more)

Lou: I liked your other wife better.
Thornton Melon: Hey, don't knock Vanessa; she gives good headache.

Awards: 1 win (more)