Back To School Movie Trivia

Back To School Trivia

Rodney Dangerfield is going... Back to School!
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Robert Downey Jr. is superb as the 'eccentric' Derek Lutz...

Totally Trivia

Film facts for the 1986 Comedy movie starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Adrienne Barbeau

Burt Young, M. Emmet Walsh, William Zabka, Robert Downey Jr., Paxton Whitehead, Terry Farrell, Ned Beatty, Severn Darden, Sam Kinison, Robert Picardo, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Edie McClurg, Sarah Abrell, Dana Allison, Boris Aplon, Nora Boland Update Cast

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Veteran actor Ned Beatty makes a memorable appearance in "Back to School" as Dean Martin, the College Administrator.
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One of the last shots in the opening sequence of the film is of Rodney Dangerfield playing golf. This was taken from a previous film of his, "Caddyshack".
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Sally Kellerman, 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
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Back To School director Alan Metter also directed 80's favourite "Girls Just Want Have Fun" (1985) & Richard Pryor's "Moving" (1988).
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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).
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Terry Farrell (Valerie Desmond) and Robert Picardo (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).
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The person hired to write the paper on Kurt Vonnegut is ... Kurt Vonnegut!
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The character of Dean Martin is an inside joke because Rodney Dangerfield had frequently performed on The Dean Martin Show (1965).
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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.
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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.
Thanks to Ross Trimboli
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.
Thanks to April Amos
William Zabka also played in the Karate Kid, and the guy who played Jason (Keith Gordon) actually played in Stephen King's "Christine".
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The actor who played the young version of Thornton Melon was Jason Hervey who also played Wayne Arnold in "The Wonder Years".
Thanks to Bryan
William Zabka was Audrey's boyfriend Jack in "European Vacation".
Editor Nick
The painting that Thornton's wife shows is DanaŽ by Gustav Klimt.
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Burt Young, who plays bodyguard and limo driver Lou, plays Paulie, Adriennes brother in the Rocky films.
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The guy who plays Mellon's high-strung history teacher is none other than legendary comedian Sam Kinnison!
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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.

Bogus Trivia

There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".

But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "Back To School".
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