Class of 1984

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Class of 1984
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Lester
Produced by Arthur Kent
Screenplay by
Story by Tom Holland
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Cinematography Albert J. Dunk
Edited by Howard Kunin
Guerrilla High Productions
Distributed by
  • Citadel Films (Canada)
  • United Film Distribution Company (US)
Release dates
  • August 20, 1982 (1982-08-20) (USA)
  • June 3, 1983 (1983-06-03) (Canada)
Running time
98 minutes[1]
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $4.3 million

Class of 1984 is a 1982 Canadian action crime thriller film directed by Mark Lester and co-written by Tom Holland and John Saxton based on a story by Holland. The film stars Perry King, Merrie Lynn Ross, Timothy Van Patten, Stefan Arngrim, Michael J. Fox (credited as Michael Fox in an early role prior to his breakthrough role in Back to the Future), and Roddy McDowall.

The film utilized the punk look and image that was becoming part of popular culture in the early 1980s. The theme song, "I Am the Future", was performed by Alice Cooper. The film also features a performance by Canadian punk band Teenage Head.

The film begins with a warning that it is based on true events.


Andrew Norris is a newly hired music teacher at a troubled inner city school, where students have to pass through a metal detector due to problems with gangs, drugs, and violence.



The film premiered on August 20, 1982 in the United States.[2]


When originally released in the United Kingdom, the theatrical version received four minutes and fourteen seconds of cuts from the British Board of Film Classification, and was refused a video certificate four years later.[1]


Upon original release, the film was banned in several countries due to its lewd content.[3] It currently maintains a 73% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 15 reviews.[4]

Home media[edit]

Scream Factory released the film in a Collector's Edition Blu-ray on April 14, 2015.


Comedy writer/producer Tom Scharpling has noted that Class of 1984 is one of his favorite films. Scharpling would often reference the film on his weekly call in radio program The Best Show on WFMU.[5][6]


The film spawned two sci-fi-themed sequels that were loosely based on the original: Class of 1999 (1990) and the direct-to-video follow-up Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994), the first of which was also directed by Lester and like its predecessor, was also released via Vestron Video, while the latter was released by Vidmark Entertainment. Lionsgate released Class of 1999 on DVD September 16, 2008. They have been released on DVD in many foreign territories, such as Korea, Italy and Australia.


  1. ^ a b "CLASS OF 1984 (18) (!)". British Board of Film Classification. January 22, 1983. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Class of 1984 - Release Info
  3. ^ article: "Class of 1984."
  4. ^ Rotten Tomatoes page for "Class of 1984."
  5. ^ Recidivism page: "The Belt Brigade."
  6. ^ Recidivism page: "Philly Boy Paul."

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