Robert Downey Jr. is superb as the 'eccentric' Derek Lutz...
Film facts for the
1986 movie starring
Comedy , Rodney Dangerfield , Keith Gordon , Sally Kellerman Adrienne Barbeau
, Burt Young , M. Emmet Walsh , William Zabka , Robert Downey Jr. , Terry Farrell, Paxton Whitehead , Ned Beatty , Sam Kinison, Severn Darden , Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Robert Picardo , Sarah Abrell, Dana Allison, Boris Aplon, Nora Boland Edie McClurg Update Cast We believe the following trivia is all legit. If it's bogus or you have additional info, please
update us. Rewind Archive Veteran actor makes a memorable appearance in "Back to School" as Dean Martin, the College Administrator. Ned Beatty
Stephanie One of the last shots in the opening sequence of the film is of playing golf. This was taken from a previous film of his, " Rodney Dangerfield Caddyshack".
Harpo , who plays Rodney's English teacher and love interest in this film, was the original Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in the movie M*A*S*H Sally Kellerman
Anonymous The room in which Thornton Melon takes his three-hour oral exam is the same room in which Alex Owens makes her successful dance audition in Flashdance (1983).
Anonymous Terry Farrell (Valerie Desmond) and (Giorgio) later starred in a "Star Trek" series: Farrell played Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), while Picardo played the Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager (1995). They appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Doctor Bashir, I Presume (1997). Robert Picardo Rewind Archive The person hired to write the paper on Kurt Vonnegut is ... Kurt Vonnegut!
TC The character of Dean Martin is an inside joke because Rodney Dangerfield had frequently performed on The Dean Martin Show (1965).
Sara When Rodney Dangerfield is looking for his son on campus and goes on sorority row, you can see the letters of Delta Delta Delta chalked on the ground.
Rob Andrews Jason's love interest in the movie is played by Terry Farrell. Terry was also seen in Poltergeist 2 and later cast as Judsea Dax in "Deep Space Nine". She also played the owner of the bar that Ted Danson hung out in his sitcom Becker. The dive that Thornton Melon does in the movie is the "Triple Lindy". That may refer to a '30s dance called the Lindy Hop, named after Charles Lindbergh, the pilot.
April Amos also played in the Karate Kid, and the guy who played Jason (Keith Gordon) actually played in Stephen King's "Christine". William Zabka
David The actor who played the young version of Thornton Melon was who also played Wayne Arnold in "The Wonder Years". Jason Hervey
Bryan William Zabka was Audrey's boyfriend Jack in "European Vacation".
Nick The painting that Thornton's wife shows is DanaŽ by Gustav Klimt. Burt Young, who plays bodyguard and limo driver Lou, plays Paulie, Adriennes brother in the Rocky films.
M N The guy who plays Mellon's high-strung history teacher is none other than legendary comedian Sam Kinnison!
Adrienne Barbeau who plays Thorton's wife is also seen in John Carpenter's movies " The Fog" and " Escape from New York" and was once married to Carpenter.
There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the
'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".
nothing bogus that we know yet for "Back To School".