Class of 1999

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This article is about the science fiction film. For the band, see Class of '99.
Class of 1999
Class of 1999.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark L. Lester
Written by C. Courtney Joyner
Bradley Gregg
Starring Bradley Gregg
Traci Lind
Malcolm McDowell
Stacy Keach
Patrick Kilpatrick
Pam Grier
John P. Ryan
Darren E. Burrows
Joshua John Miller
Music by Michael Hoenig
Distributed by Lightning Pictures
Release dates
May 11, 1990
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,200,000
Box office $2,459,895 (domestic) [1]

Class of 1999 is a 1990 American science fiction film directed by Mark L. Lester. It is the director's follow-up to his 1982 film Class of 1984.


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.


Filming location(s)[edit]

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.


Theatrical release[edit]

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.[2] Taurus eventually released the film theatrically on May 11, 1990.

Video and DVD releases[edit]

Class of 1999 was initially released on VHS via Vestron Video in 1991 and was later withdrawn.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.


In March 2015 Fangoria Magazine released the film under their banner on Hulu.[3]


The film was nominated for Young Artist Award (Joshua John Miller).



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