Class of 1999
|Class of 1999|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mark L. Lester|
|Written by||C. Courtney Joyner
John P. Ryan
Darren E. Burrows
Joshua John Miller
|Distributed by||Lightning Pictures|
|May 11, 1990|
|Box office||$2,459,895 (domestic) |
Set in the future, youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become "free fire zones", into which not even the Police will venture. When Dr. Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the Principal of Kennedy High School in Seattle, decides to take his school back from the gangs, Megatech robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides "tactical education units", consisting of Mr. Bryles (Patrick Kilpatrick), Ms. Connors (Pam Grier), and Mr. Hardin (John Ryan) for a new pilot enforcement agency called the Department of Educational Defense (D.E.D.). These humanoids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to discipline trouble-makers. The androids soon overstep their authority, causing the students to fight back.
- Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Miles Langford
- Stacy Keach as Dr. Robert "Bob" Forest
- Bradley Gregg as Cody Culp
- Traci Lind as Christy Langford
- Patrick Kilpatrick as Mr. Bryles
- Pam Grier as Miss Connors
- John P. Ryan as Mr. Hardin
- Darren E. Burrows as Sonny
- Joshua John Miller as Angel
- Sharon Wyatt as Janice Culp
- James Medina as Hector
- Jason Oliver as Curt
- Brent David Fraser as Flavio
- Jill Gatsby as Dawn
- Sean Hagerty as Reedy
The film was shot at Lincoln High School (Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle) in 1988. It is visible on Google Streetview. In the introduction of the movie the school is clearly visible as a heavily secured area with two guard towers on top of the stairs leading to the entrance.
The film was originally scheduled to be released by Vestron Pictures through their subsidiary Lightning Pictures on October 6, 1989. However, Vestron's financial turmoil resulted in the film being sold to Taurus Entertainment Group in March 1990. Taurus eventually released the film theatrically on May 11, 1990.
Video and DVD releases
Class of 1999 was initially released on VHS via Vestron Video in 1991 and was later withdrawn. The film was released on DVD in other territories such as Korea and Australia. Lionsgate released the film on DVD for the first time in the USA on September 16, 2008 and again in 2012 as part of an 8 horror film DVD set.
The film was nominated for Young Artist Award (Joshua John Miller).
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