Back To School (1986)
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Let’s go back to 1986
Another classic Rodney movie from the 80’s here. Starring Rodney Dangerfield, Keith Gordon, Sally Kellerman, Burt Young, Terry Farrell, William Zabka, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, Paxton Whitehead and Robert Downey Jr.
There’s a scene in the movie that speaks volumes to the fantasy world taught in college. Theory vs. reality. Rodney schools the snobby professor and it’s one of the best lessons in life.
The plot centers on a wealthy but uneducated father (Dangerfield) who goes to college to show solidarity with his discouraged son Jason (Gordon) and learns that he cannot buy an education or happiness.
Author Kurt Vonnegut has a cameo as himself, as does the band Oingo Boingo, whose frontman Danny Elfman composed the score for the film.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison was used as a backdrop for the movie, although it was called “Grand Lakes University.”
The diving scenes were filmed at the since-demolished Industry Hills Aquatic Club in the City of Industry, California.
One of the executive producers of the film, Estelle Endler was Rodney’s manager. She is mentioned before the end credits. The “For Estelle Thanks For So Much” was a shout out and thank you to her. She really had a major hand in helping him transition from stand-up to movies.
The movie cost 11 million dollars to make and made over 140 million dollars between the box office and rentals.
Source: Sal Amato