Hi-Tops (film)

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Directed by Ernie Rettino
Debby Kerner Rettino
Produced by Ernie Rettino
Debby Kerner Rettino
Written by Ernie Rettino
Debby Kerner Rettino
Starring Crystal Lewis
Music by Ernie Rettino
Debby Kerner Rettino
Distributed by Maranatha Music
Word Inc
Release date
  • 1985 (1985)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hi-Tops is a 1985 Christian movie musical about the lives of several high school students and a trio of angels who are sent to Earth to experience and study peer pressure. The film was originally a successful stage production that toured nationally.

The name of the musical, and of the eponymous band that figures in the plot, is derived from the high-top style of shoes popular among youth in the mid-1980s.


Three angels are sent to Earth by Gabriel on a "fact finding mission" to blend in with the teenagers at a high school and learn first hand what peer pressure is. At the same time, Lucifer shows up to try to win some souls for his side. Chaos ensues, and so does a lot of music and dancing. All the main teenage characters, except the angels, are trying out to be in a band called "Hi-Tops". There are a few sub plots involving nerds, high school sweethearts, cheating on tests, taking drugs, etc.


As credited at the conclusion of the film:

Character Name
Norman J. Pitts Jeff Carter
Ginny Alexander Cheryl Dieda
Lewy/Lucifer Daniel Walters
Heather Hanson Michelle Rees
Tony Mizzarelli Scott Richardson
Grace Jennine Jones
Twinn Finn Matt Wright
Lily from the Valley Crystal Lewis
Gabriel Robb Rigg
Maggie Maria Andrade
Hi-Tops Leader Phil Davis
Lisa Louise LeBlanc Holly Saunders
Mr. Quirk Alan Smith
Travis Ben Goodner
Lisa Lisa Walker
Hi-Tops Dancer Noah Penn
Hi-Tops Dancer Jody Williams
Hi-Tops Dancer Angel Smythe
Emily Emily Olinger
Guardian Angel Robert Smith
Sam David Hare


Song Featured Singers
1. Overture
2. Father of Lights
3. The Fight Song Hi-Tops Leader (Phil Davis)
4. Fads Ensemble
5. Don't Think About the Consequences Lewy (Daniel Walters)
6. Stand Back Heather Hanson (Michelle Rees)
7. The Love Song for Two Nerds Norman J. Pitts (Jeff Carter) & Grace (Jennine Jones)
8. I Wanna Be in the Band Ensemble
9. Nobody Knows What It's Like to be Alone Norman J. Pitts (Jeff Carter)
10. Take Off Your Mask Ensemble


  • CCM artist Crystal Lewis appears in her acting debut as an angel disguised as a valley girl.
  • Ernie Rettino and Debby Kerner Rettino, who wrote and produced this production, also created Psalty the Singing Song Book.
  • Two of the actors, Jeff Carter and Michelle Rees, were later married. Their family, "The Carters," appeared on Family Feud when it was hosted by Ray Combs. The Carters won three times, winning a total of $11,947. On the second show, Michelle's sister-in-law Joni became only the third person ever to win "fast money" (the final round) all by herself by accumulating 216 points.


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  2. ^ "Hitops Cast Album". Psaltyskidsstore.stores.yahoo.net. Archived from the original on 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2012-02-21.