Summer School (1987)

PG-13 | 98 mins | Comedy | 22 July 1987

Director:

Carl Reiner

Cinematographer:

David M. Walsh

Editor:

Bud Molin

Production Designer:

David L. Snyder

Production Company:

Paramount
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HISTORY

Principal photography began on 15 Sep 1986 according to the 30 Sep 1986 HR production chart. Filming was originally scheduled to begin a week earlier, but star Mark Harmon was recovering from a fractured collar bone and producers wanted to be sure he was healed before the film began, the 28 Aug 1986 DV reported.
       The film shot on locations around the Los Angeles, CA area. The Jun 1987 Box reported that Charles Evans Hughes Junior High School, a facility in Woodland Hills, CA, no longer used for teaching, was the site used for filming all the school scenes. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate that Venice Beach served as the backdrop for “Freddy Shoop’s” beachfront cottage. Sites for the students’ field trips include Zuma Beach, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, and the Malibu Grand Prix go-cart location in Northridge, CA.
       Summer School opened on 22 Jul 1987 on 1,366 screens, taking in $8.1 million in its first five days of release, according to the 28 Jul 1987 DV box-office report. After twelve days in release, the film had grossed $16.5 million, according to the 4 Aug 1987 DV box-office report.
       In 2005, Paramount Pictures announced plans to remake Summer School. Jordan Kerner was set to produce while Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel were writing the script, according to the 12 Jul 2005 DV. ... More Less

Principal photography began on 15 Sep 1986 according to the 30 Sep 1986 HR production chart. Filming was originally scheduled to begin a week earlier, but star Mark Harmon was recovering from a fractured collar bone and producers wanted to be sure he was healed before the film began, the 28 Aug 1986 DV reported.
       The film shot on locations around the Los Angeles, CA area. The Jun 1987 Box reported that Charles Evans Hughes Junior High School, a facility in Woodland Hills, CA, no longer used for teaching, was the site used for filming all the school scenes. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate that Venice Beach served as the backdrop for “Freddy Shoop’s” beachfront cottage. Sites for the students’ field trips include Zuma Beach, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA, and the Malibu Grand Prix go-cart location in Northridge, CA.
       Summer School opened on 22 Jul 1987 on 1,366 screens, taking in $8.1 million in its first five days of release, according to the 28 Jul 1987 DV box-office report. After twelve days in release, the film had grossed $16.5 million, according to the 4 Aug 1987 DV box-office report.
       In 2005, Paramount Pictures announced plans to remake Summer School. Jordan Kerner was set to produce while Kyle Pennekamp and Scott Turpel were writing the script, according to the 12 Jul 2005 DV. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jun 1987
pp. 13-15.
Daily Variety
28 Aug 1986.
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Daily Variety
20 Jul 1987.
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Daily Variety
28 Jul 1987.
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Daily Variety
4 Aug 1987.
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Daily Variety
12 Jul 2005
p. 1, 28.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1987
p. 3, 10.
Los Angeles Times
22 Jul 1987
p. 1.
New York Times
22 Jul 1987
p. 22.
Variety
22 Jul 1987
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures presents
A George Shapiro/Howard West production
A Carl Reiner film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst photog
2d asst photog
Still photog
1st company grip
2d company grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Chief lighting tech
Asst chief lighting tech
Elec
Elec
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutting by
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Prop master
Asst prop master
Lead person
Set dresser
Paint foreperson
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Women's ward supv
Costumer
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable person
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv ADR ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
ADR group coord
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff foreperson
Killer bunnies from hell and classroom massacre cr
Titles & opt eff by
Title des by
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
Addl makeup artist
Addl hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Scr supv
Prod auditor
Asst prod auditor
Asst to Mr. Reiner
Asst to the prods
Prod secy
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Casting asst
Unit pub
First aid
Craft service
Catering by
Animal trainer
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Happy,” written and performed by Danny Elfman, produced by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek, courtesy of MCA Records
“Get An Education,” by Billy Burnette and David Malloy, performed by Billy Burnette, produced by David Malloy and Billy Burnette, courtesy of Mike Curb Records
“My Babe,” by Ron Holden, performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, produced by Denny Bruce, courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
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SONGS
“Happy,” written and performed by Danny Elfman, produced by Danny Elfman and Steve Bartek, courtesy of MCA Records
“Get An Education,” by Billy Burnette and David Malloy, performed by Billy Burnette, produced by David Malloy and Billy Burnette, courtesy of Mike Curb Records
“My Babe,” by Ron Holden, performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, produced by Denny Bruce, courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
“I’m Supposed To Have Sex With You,” written and performed by Tonio K., produced by Rick Neigher, courtesy of What?/A&M Records
“Second Language,” by Duncan Pain and Joe Curiale, performed by Tone Norum, produced by Joe Curiale, courtesy of CBS Records
“Animal,” written and performed by Vinnie Vincent, produced by Vinnie Vincent and Dana Strum, courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
“Seduction,” by Michael DesBarres, performed by E. G. Daily, produced by Gardner Cole, courtesy of A&M Records
“Rapture,” by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, performed by Blondie, produced by Mike Chapman, courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
“Brain Power,” by Michael Jay and Alan Roy Scott, performed by Paul Engemann, produced by Giorgio Moroder, courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
“All I Want From You,” written by Massey/Massey/Cawenda, performed by Tami Show, produced by Mike Chapman, courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
“Jackie,” by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, performed by Elisa Fiorillo, produced by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
“Mind Over Matter,” by Michael Jay and Rick Palombi, performed by E. G. Daily, produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, courtesy of A&M Records
“Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” by James Brown
“Party All The Time,” written by Rick James.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
22 July 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 22 July 1987
Production Date:
began 15 September 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
21 July 1987
Copyright Number:
PA334849
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
98
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28292
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a Southern California beach community on the last day of school before summer vacation at Ocean Front High School, physical education teacher Freddy Shoop prepares to leave for Hawaii with his girl friend, Kim. Mr. Dearadorian, the teacher who was scheduled to teach the remedial English class during summer school, wins $50,000 in the lottery and abruptly quits. Vice Principal Phil Gills tries to find a replacement, but all the teachers avoid him. Gills corners Freddy Shoop and blackmails him into teaching the class, reminding him he will be up for tenure next year. On the first day of summer school, Shoop meets history teacher Robin Bishop, who teaches in the classroom beside him. Shoop falls for Robin and asks her out for dinner, but learns she is dating Vice Principal Gills. The nine students in Shoop’s remedial English class all failed a mandatory English skills examination, but can retake the test after the summer semester. The students include the easily distracted Pam House, large and intimidating Jerome Watkins, geeky Alan Eakian, pregnant Rhonda Altobello, dyslexic Denise Green, constantly sleepy Larry Kazamias, and football player Kevin Winchester, plus underachievers Dave Frazier and Francis “Chainsaw” Gremp, who are horror movie fans. The first day of class goes badly. Jerome leaves to use the bathroom and never returns, while Pam stares out the window, dreaming of surfing. Shoop cannot control the class and when the students start cursing loudly, disturbing the other classes, Robin Bishop comes in to settle them down. On the second day, Italian exchange student Anna-Maria Mazarelli joins the class, hoping to refresh her English skills before the fall semester begins. Dave and Chainsaw flirt with her, ... +


In a Southern California beach community on the last day of school before summer vacation at Ocean Front High School, physical education teacher Freddy Shoop prepares to leave for Hawaii with his girl friend, Kim. Mr. Dearadorian, the teacher who was scheduled to teach the remedial English class during summer school, wins $50,000 in the lottery and abruptly quits. Vice Principal Phil Gills tries to find a replacement, but all the teachers avoid him. Gills corners Freddy Shoop and blackmails him into teaching the class, reminding him he will be up for tenure next year. On the first day of summer school, Shoop meets history teacher Robin Bishop, who teaches in the classroom beside him. Shoop falls for Robin and asks her out for dinner, but learns she is dating Vice Principal Gills. The nine students in Shoop’s remedial English class all failed a mandatory English skills examination, but can retake the test after the summer semester. The students include the easily distracted Pam House, large and intimidating Jerome Watkins, geeky Alan Eakian, pregnant Rhonda Altobello, dyslexic Denise Green, constantly sleepy Larry Kazamias, and football player Kevin Winchester, plus underachievers Dave Frazier and Francis “Chainsaw” Gremp, who are horror movie fans. The first day of class goes badly. Jerome leaves to use the bathroom and never returns, while Pam stares out the window, dreaming of surfing. Shoop cannot control the class and when the students start cursing loudly, disturbing the other classes, Robin Bishop comes in to settle them down. On the second day, Italian exchange student Anna-Maria Mazarelli joins the class, hoping to refresh her English skills before the fall semester begins. Dave and Chainsaw flirt with her, but the rest of the students walk out of class. A security guard brings them back and Shoop admits to the students that he does not want to be there either. Some of the students suggest he take them on field trips. For the next several days, Shoop takes the students to an amusement park, a petting zoo, and the beach. Phil Gills learns of the field trips and suspends Shoop, telling him he will officially be fired once the fall semester begins. All Shoop had to do was “babysit some social deviants,” but he was not capable of doing that simple task, Gills says. Shoop begs for another chance, promising to become a model teacher. Gills responds that if every student in the class passes the English skills test, he will forget about the field trips. The next day, Shoop comes to class in a coat and tie, rather than the shorts and t-shirt he had been wearing. He tells the students they are not as dumb as they have been told and he sincerely wants to help them learn. Alan Eakian suggests that if Shoop does each of them a “favor,” they will study hard. So after class, Shoop helps Denise with driving lessons, serves as a Lamaze coach for pregnant Rhonda, gives Kevin tips for his football practice, and gets a cot for Larry so he can sleep during class. For their “favor,” Dave and Chainsaw request a party, so Shoop throws one at his beachfront cottage on the Fourth of July. There, Pam House flirts with him, but Shoop tells her he already has a girl friend. However, Dave and Chainsaw light a firecracker and accidently set Shoop’s sofa on fire, so the party ends early. The next day, police catch Dave and Chainsaw drinking a bottle of vodka on the beach. Shoop returns from roller skating and tells police the alcohol was his. Police arrest him for contributing to the delinquency of minors. Shoop telephones Robin Bishop for bail money, so she and Phil Gills bail him out before leaving on a romantic weekend in the wine country. Jealous of their romantic getaway, Shoop goes to a club to meet women. However, it is ladies’ night with male strippers. Shoop recognizes one of the strippers as Larry, the student who sleeps through his class. A few days later, Larry shows up to class fully awake, explaining that he lost his job as a stripper when his mother and aunt came into the club and the owners found out he was underage. One night, Pam House shows up at Shoop’s cottage, ready to collect her favor from him. As her brother and his wife just had another child, there is no longer any room for her at their place, so she wants to move in with Shoop. He reluctantly agrees to let her stay until she can find another place. Shoop screens the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in class to fulfill Dave and Chainsaw’s other “favor.” Phil Gills drops by the classroom and is dismayed to see the students are watching it. Over lunch at school, Robin Bishop admits she is not in love with Gills, but still turns down Shoop’s invitation to go to dinner. However, a few days later when Robin stops by Shoop’s cottage to deliver a book, she is jealous to see Pam staying there and fixing dinner for him. Shoop takes his students to the courtroom for his hearing. Dave Frazier tells the judge that he got the vodka with a fake ID and that Shoop had nothing to do with it. The judge dismisses the case, but Gills promises to have Shoop fired. The next day, Shoop wants the students to take a practice test. They protest and demand they renegotiate their deal about studying for the test. Shoop gets angry and tells the students for the past month, his life has been consumed by teaching and doing favors for them. He says he is tired of it and quits. Vice Principal Gills assigns a substitute teacher, Miss Curat, to take over the class, but when she arrives for her first day, the students set up the room to look like a bloody scene out of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Miss Curat quits on the spot and the students demand Gills get Shoop back or they will do something similar with any other substitute he sends. Shoop lounges at the beach with his dog, “Wondermutt,” when the students show up, begging him to come back. He agrees. The students take a practice test and afterward, Shoop lies and tells them they did well. On the day of the actual test, Jerome Watkins, who left for the bathroom six weeks earlier, returns. The test goes smoothly, but halfway through, Rhonda goes into labor. She finishes the test and rushes to the hospital to deliver the baby, which she plans to put up for adoption, believing she is too young to be a mother. When Principal Kelban returns, Phil Gills makes his case to have Shoop fired. However, many of the students’ parents come to speak on Shoop’s behalf, commenting that their children have improved, learned something, and are better people. However, when Gills presents the test scores, he announces that the class average was sixty-three, a failing score. While some of the students passed the test, many failed. However, when Scoop looks at the grades, he sees that every student improved their scores from the previous test. Principal Kelban examines the scores and notes that the class average went from twenty-eight on the first test to sixty-three on the latest test, which is a 125 percent improvement. Kelban says that Scoop clearly taught them something and gives him tenure. Shoop and Robin take a walk on the beach. She agrees to have dinner with him. The two kiss as the waves rush over them.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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