Class of 1984
Class of 1984 (1982)

When a group of students led by a psychopath (Timothy Van Patten) terrorizes an inner-city high school, the new music teacher (Perry King) decides on violence as the final measure of discipline. The film was followed by a sequel, Class of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Timothy Van Patten is definitely one of the most charismatic movie villains of all time, the epitome of punk anarchy and chaos...

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Director-coscripter Mark Lester films this for maximum cathartic impact, tapping into viewers' thirst for justice and revenge against these disreputable brats as thoroughly as the filmmakers behind such eye-for-an-eye yarns as Death Wish and The Crow.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

An allegory in which the subtext out-bullhorns the text itself.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The title suggests an Orwellian nightmare, but this extremely efficient and gleefully alarmist exploitation hit owes less to Big Brother than to 'Blackboard Jungle.'

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

There's no point in decrying the film's risible politics, especially when it's just an enjoyable relic of Reagan-era paranoia and generational hostility.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

It's sad, really, that a movie deemed horrific enough to be banned in several countries 25 years ago seems almost na´ve by today's standards.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

prophetic with his ultra-violent cautionary tale of the youth of that day

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Dustin Putman
TheBluFile.com

As socially conscious as "Class of 1984" is, the film's greater aim is as a crowd-provoking, albeit well-made, exploitation pic.

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Whether for its eighties nostalgia, or its absurdly reactionary violence, this is one guilty pleasure that still makes the grade.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Garman
In the early 1980's high schools in the United States had a reputation of being filthy, violent places that were overrun by gangs of rebellious students… More
Aj V
This is another of the school themed movies with an updated story like that in the 50s movie, Blackboard Jungle. This one is very 80s, and it's very… More
Phil Hubbs
The first in the 'Class of' trilogy and a pretty different outlook over the other two as this film is actually more of a serious approach to the… More
Gimly M.
Although the seventies was certainly more the era for revenge flicks, the eighties certainly had their fair share, and if I'm completely honest, Class of… More
Lee ?
Cult shocker (for its time) about a gang of lawless school pupils who rule over the other students and teachers with violence and intimidation until one teacher… More
Sylvester Kuo
Gosh the acting was awful, but it accurately predicted what the teenagers would be like in Detroit or Chicago even till today. The film makes me depressed, even… More