R. P. M. (1970)

92 mins | Melodrama | 1970

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writer:

Erich Segal

Producer:

Stanley Kramer

Cinematographer:

Michel Hugo

Editor:

William Lyon

Production Designer:

Robert Clatworthy

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and in San Francisco. Also reviewed as R. P. M., Revolutions Per Minute ... More Less

Location scenes filmed at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and in San Francisco. Also reviewed as R. P. M., Revolutions Per Minute . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Stanley Kramer Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus writ & comp
Mus writ & comp
SOUND
Music ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Scr supv
Prop master
Ch elec
Title des
SOURCES
SONGS
By Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, addl lyrics by Melanie, sung by Melanie.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Revolutions Per Minute
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 September 1970
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures
Copyright Date:
1 September 1970
Copyright Number:
LP38167
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
92
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After a coalition of black and white students occupies the administration building of Hudson University and forces the college president to resign, the revolutionaries submit to the board of trustees a list of people whom they respect, among them Paco Perez. Consequently, Perez, a Puerto Rican sociology professor, is appointed acting president of the university to facilitate negotiations, thereby pitting the aging radical against many of his former student friends. Dempsey and Rossiter, respective leaders of the black and white factions, disagree on some matters, but when Perez informs them that three of their demands cannot be met, all the radicals stand fast in their refusal to leave the building. In addition to his lack of success with the negotiations, Perez' graduate student mistress, Rhoda, accuses him of sexual inadequacy. When the harassed Perez learns of a threat by Rossiter to destroy the university's $2,000,000 computer if their demands are not met, he calls in the police who provoke a riot by exploding tear gas and beating students, including Rhoda, who has joined the radicals. At the courthouse, Perez is congratulated by the board of directors for ending the crisis, but he is aware that the goals of the students were right, even if their methods were not; as he leaves the courthouse, he is booed by the student ... +


After a coalition of black and white students occupies the administration building of Hudson University and forces the college president to resign, the revolutionaries submit to the board of trustees a list of people whom they respect, among them Paco Perez. Consequently, Perez, a Puerto Rican sociology professor, is appointed acting president of the university to facilitate negotiations, thereby pitting the aging radical against many of his former student friends. Dempsey and Rossiter, respective leaders of the black and white factions, disagree on some matters, but when Perez informs them that three of their demands cannot be met, all the radicals stand fast in their refusal to leave the building. In addition to his lack of success with the negotiations, Perez' graduate student mistress, Rhoda, accuses him of sexual inadequacy. When the harassed Perez learns of a threat by Rossiter to destroy the university's $2,000,000 computer if their demands are not met, he calls in the police who provoke a riot by exploding tear gas and beating students, including Rhoda, who has joined the radicals. At the courthouse, Perez is congratulated by the board of directors for ending the crisis, but he is aware that the goals of the students were right, even if their methods were not; as he leaves the courthouse, he is booed by the student body. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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