Making the Grade (film)
|Making the Grade|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dorian Walker|
|Written by||Charles Gayle
|Music by||Basil Poledouris|
|Edited by||Daniel Wetherbee|
|Distributed by||Cannon Film Distributors
MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
|May 18, 1984|
Making the Grade is an American film which was released in 1984. It was directed by Dorian Walker and written by Charles Gale and Gene Quintano. It was filmed at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen) is a rich, prep school kid who rarely attends class and has been expelled from numerous prep schools. His parents are traveling internationally and inform him that he has been enrolled at Hoover Academy and he has one last chance to graduate or he will be cut off financially. Meanwhile, Eddie Keaton (Judd Nelson) is a small-time con artist who has run afoul of a local loanshark named "Dice." Via a chance meeting, Woodrow hires Keaton for $10,000 and a Porsche to attend his prep school and graduate, freeing Woodrow to travel to Europe for skiing.
This film marks the first appearance of Andrew Clay's "Dice" persona.
At the start of the film's final credits, the characters Palmer and Eddie are touted as returning in the upcoming movie, Tourista. However, after low theatrical interest in the duo and repeated missed deadlines (of which Olsen tried to contribute as a writer), the script for Tourista was never completed. The pair never teamed up in filmmaking again.
|Judd Nelson||Eddie Keaton|
|Jonna Lee||Tracey Hoover|
|Gordon Jump||Mr. Harriman|
|Walter Olkewicz||Coach Wordman|
|Dana Olsen||Palmer Woodrow|
|Andrew Dice Clay||Dice|
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