The Cheerleaders

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The Cheerleaders
DVD cover
Directed by Paul Glickler
Produced by Robert Boggs
Paul Glickler
Richard Lerner
Written by Ace Baandige
Paul Glickler
Richard Lerner
Tad Richards
Starring Stephanie Fondue
Denise Dillaway
Jovita Bush
Brandy Woods
Kimberly Hyde
Music by David Herman
Cinematography Richard Lerner
Edited by Joseph Ancore
Paul Glickler
Larry Goldman
Richard Lerner
Distributed by Cinemation Industries
Release date
March 1973
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$153,000[citation needed]
Box office $2.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)[1]
The Cheerleaders playing at a movie theater in Berlin, New Hampshire (June 1973)

The Cheerleaders (UK theatrical title: The 18 Year Old Schoolgirls) is a 1973 comedy film directed by Paul Glickler, starring Stephanie Fondue and Denise Dillaway.[citation needed]

The film was made in the summer of 1972 in the cities of Cupertino, California and Sunnyvale, California. The high school scenes were shot at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. The administration of Monta Vista high school claimed to not be aware of the racy elements and theme of the movie. Many of the football player extras were recent graduates of local high schools from these two cities. The red uniforms in the film representing the home team high school Amarosa High School were actual uniforms of Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California from that same year. Many of the football player extras were recent high school graduates of Fremont High School. One of the identified extras is Carl Ekern, who later played professional football for the Los Angeles Rams. He was a student football player at San Jose State University when the movie was made.

The film's success spawned a series of sequels during the 1970s.


A group of high school cheerleaders have sex with the opposing team's players to make them too tired to play football properly, allowing their team to win an unprecedented series of games.

The film courted controversy due to its plot and subject matter: the titular cheerleaders are seen seducing, among others, the football coach, a female gym coach, and the school bus driver. There was also female on male rape when the cheerleaders kidnap and then have sex with the members of the opposing football team the night before the big game. In areas where the age of consent was 18 at the time, or where the laws on consent prohibited under-18s having sex with over-18s, there was controversy over statutory rape.[citation needed]

Re-releases of the film have been renamed as "The Eighteen Year Old Schoolgirls" in some regions,[clarification needed][citation needed] presumably so as to remove at least part of that particular controversy, as the exact age of the girls was never stated within the film.[citation needed]



The Cheerleaders (1973) was followed by The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974), directed by Jack Hill, Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976), directed by Richard Lerner, and The Great American Girl Robbery (1979) (aka Cheerleaders Wild Weekend), directed by Jeff Werner.

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  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1973", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 19

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