Back to School

June 13th, 1986


Back to School

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To help his discouraged son get through college, a funloving and obnoxious rich businessman decides to enter the school as a student himself.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 6.2/10 (12,333 voted)

Director: Alan Metter

Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young

Millionaire businessman Thornton Melon is upset when his son Jason announces that he is not sure about going to college. Thornton insists that college is the best thing he never had for himself, and to prove his point, he agrees to enroll in school along with his son. Thornton is a big hit on campus: always throwing the biggest parties, knowing all the right people, but is this the way to pass college?

Writers: Rodney Dangerfield, Greg Fields

Rodney Dangerfield - Thornton Melon
Sally Kellerman - Dr. Diane Turner
Burt Young - Lou
Keith Gordon - Jason Melon
Robert Downey Jr. - Derek Lutz
Paxton Whitehead - Dr. Phillip Barbay
Terry Farrell - Valerie Desmond
M. Emmet Walsh - Coach Turnbull
Adrienne Barbeau - Vanessa
William Zabka - Chas
Ned Beatty - Dean David Martin
Severn Darden - Dr. Borozini
Sam Kinison - Professor Terguson
Robert Picardo - Giorgio
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Himself

Taglines: Registration starts Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere.


Official Website: MGM Studios [United States] |

Release Date: 13 June 1986

Filming Locations: 1530 Orange Grove Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $9,300,000 (USA) (15 June 1986)

Gross: $91,258,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Due to Rodney Dangerfield's contractual obligations with the Miller Brewing Company and his appearances in Miller Lite beer commercials at the time, only Miller beer was allowed to be shown in certain scenes (when Dangerfield goes to get a beer out of the refrigerator during the party at his house and during the large party at the college when the police arrive with extra beer).

Crew or equipment visible: When the party ends and Thornton is swimming a boom mic operator is visible. After he dives in the camera cuts out and you clearly see a boom mic operator in the window behind the pool. He's wearing a red shirt and clearly holding something.

Chas: [limping off the diving board] I have got a really bad cramp. I've been having really bad cramps all week.
Jason Melon: It's probably menstrual.
Chas: Screw you, Melon!

User Review

Classic Dangerfield

Rating: 9/10

Rodney Dangerfield made this movie with his hilarious one liners. I still find myself quoting many of these lines which he delivers beautifully throughout the movie. The more you watch it the funnier it gets, and I'll be watching it for a few more decades yet.


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