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Class of 1999 (1990)

Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. The teachers do a good job of controlling the unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some students get suspicious.

Director:

Mark L. Lester

Writers:

Mark L. Lester (story), C. Courtney Joyner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Gregg ... Cody Culp
Traci Lind ... Christie Langford (as Traci Lin)
Malcolm McDowell ... Dr. Miles Langford
Stacy Keach ... Dr. Bob Forrest
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Mr. Bryles
Pam Grier ... Ms. Connors
John P. Ryan ... Mr. Hardin
Darren E. Burrows ... Sonny
Joshua John Miller ... Angel (as Joshua Miller)
Sharon Wyatt Sharon Wyatt ... Janice Culp
James Medina James Medina ... Hector (as Jimmy Medina Taggert)
Jason Oliver Lipsett ... Curt (as Jason Oliver)
Brent David Fraser ... Flavio (as Brent Fraser)
Jill Gatsby ... Dawn
Sean Hagerty Sean Hagerty ... Reedy
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As crime runs rampant around gang-plagued high schools in late-1990s America, Seattle's Kennedy High School has become a free-fire zone: an independent area where the police don't even dare to enter. As a result, bent on bringing order and discipline back to his crime-ridden school, the new principal, Dr Miles Langford, agrees to take part in an ambitious government initiative by having three former military cyborgs as undercover android educators. For the fresh-out-of-prison ex-gang member, Cody Culp, this is a golden opportunity to start afresh and get his life back on track; however, his zero-tolerance cybernetic instructors only believe in punishment. Back in 1984, the teachers were afraid of the pupils, in Class of 1984 (1982). Now, in 1999, it's the other way round. Is this the future of education? Written by Nick Riganas

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A government experiment finally makes school safe for everyone... except, the students. See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Filmed completely in Seattle, Washington. Director Mark L. Lester considered and scouted locations in Los Angeles but couldn't find a school that was suitable for the requirements of the film. Luckily for Lester and the producers, there was a school in the Seattle area more than willing to accommodate the film. See more »

Goofs

You can briefly see the wire lifting Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell) up when he is being choked by the robot. See more »

Quotes

Hector: Back in Middle School... YOU kicked ass!
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Alternate Versions

The 1990 UK Vestron video was cut by 15 secs by the BBFC to edit the head-drilling scene, neck breaks during the yard fight, and shots of a window being opened with a flick-knife. The cuts were fully waived for the 2001 Columbia release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Chronic Rift: Heroes & Villains (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Come the Day
(Theme from Class of 1999 (1990))
Written, Produced & Performed by Midge Ure
Published by Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Chyrsalis Records, Ltd.
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I was dreamin' when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray.
22 July 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I've got a soft spot for sci-fi films that have already passed their sell-by-date—those movies set in a year that is now history to you and I (even more-so if the year forms part of the film's title, like this one): I just love seeing how these cinematic predictions of the future differ from reality.

Class of 1999 is a classic example: according to this film, by the year 1999 gang culture will have reached such a level in the U.S. that certain areas—known as Free Fire Zones—will no longer be protected by the police. Kennedy High School, situated in one such lawless zone, becomes the testing ground for three experimental robot teachers (played by Patrick Kilpatrick, Pam Grier, and John P. Ryan), adapted from military battle droids by unscrupulous MegaTech head honcho Bob Forrest (Stacy Keach).

Recently released from prison, gang-banger Cody Culp (Bradley Gregg) intends to give up his criminal lifestyle, but when the droid teachers begin to revert back to their military programming, dealing with their unruly students using extreme force, he and his gang, the Blackhearts, join forces with their rivals, the Razorheads, to try and stop the killing.

According to director Mark L. Lester (who also directed the superior Class of 1984), late '90s fashion hasn't moved on much from the decade before, the film's youths sporting some truly nasty attire (worst offender being Joshua Jackson as Cody's brother Angel, who wears yellow leggings and matching tunic and has the cheek to tell Cody "Man, you got to think about your image"). Also exhibiting zero sign of taste: Stacy Keach as freaky albino Forrest, whose hairstyle is a cross between a mullet and a rattail, and who wears zombie contact lenses for no apparent reason (I thought he was an albino at first, but his 'tache is black).

This version of 1999 also sees the art of robotics advanced to a level where machines can pass for human, something clearly inspired by James Cameron's The Terminator. As the droid teachers battle Cody and his pals, they shed their skin to reveal powerful weapons, which takes the violence up a notch and allows for some pretty impressive animatronic effects and gloopy cyborg gore, Grier opening up her chest (complete with prosthetic tits), Ryan having his cranium blown off, and Kilpatrick's head reduced to half human, half robot (before having his noggin separated from his body via forklift truck!).

Gloriously daft, a little cheesy at times, a lot cheesy at others, and packed with cartoonish violence, Class of 1999 is great entertainment for fans of exploitative '80s schlock. The fact that its vision of the near future is so wrong is just the icing on the cake.

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$767,620, 13 May 1990

Gross USA:

$2,459,895

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,459,895
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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