Class of 1999 title

Tag line : First Terminator, Then Robocop. They won't prepare you for....

Class of 1999Class of 1984 had proved to be a relatively successful exploitation pic for director Mark Lester, so in the late 80's he decided to revisit his earlier success with a view to remaking it as a sci-fi action pic.

Working in elements of "Terminator", "Westworld", "Escape from New York" and even "Mad Max", "Class of 1999" takes place in the not too distant future (remember this was filmed back in 1989), where schools have become more like high security prisons owing to the extreme gang violence that has taken over the inner cities.

Many places in America have become "free fire zones" where gangs can do virtually as they please as the police won't go there. One such area lies in the middle of Seattle, where Kennedy High School has decided to take drastic measures to help combat class disobedience.

The headmaster, Mr Longford (Malcolm McDowell), has volunteered the school to take part in a Government program, replacing teachers with experimental androids who will be more than able to instil discipline into the undesirables. But when the new teachers go haywire and start attacking the kids, the schools 2 main rival gangs have to put aside their differences and combine resources to stop them.

Also starring Stacy Keach (sporting a really bad mullet hair-style) and Pam Grier, despite its low budget and being substantially different to the director's earlier "Class of 1984" the film is quite an entertaining piece of low budget sci-fi hokum and is almost impossible not to enjoy on a pure entertainment level anyway!

Overall Marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "It's 1999. School is a warzone. The latest in automatic weapons are the teachers", "It's the last lesson you'll ever learn", "Definitely the last class of the Twentieth century", "Staying after school can be deadly".

  • The US release was initially cut to obtain an R rating for its theatrical run. The uncut version was later released on unrated video and DVD.

  • The films budget was $5,2000,000.

  • The original German rental video was heavily cut to reduce the violence.

  • Bradley Gregg, who played gang leader Cody Culp, also played Philip in "Nightmare on Elm Street 3 : Dream Warriors".

  • Pam Grier was a prominent 'blaxploitation' actress during the 1970's, she also played the titular lead role in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown".

  • Director Mark Lester also directed "Firestarter" and the Schwarzenegger action  pic "Commando".

  • Tracy Lind also starred as Alex in "Fright Night part 2"

  • The UK release is of the uncut/unrated version.

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