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FULL SYNOPSIS

Self-made wealthy guy Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) decides he needs a better education -- and also to spend some time away from his cheating new wife. Thornton joins his son, Jason (Keith Gordon) at college. Dad hopes to gain his son's respect (isn't that always Dangerfield's motivation?), while his son tries to fit in with his snobbish and brutish fellow students. English professor Diane Turner (Sally Kellerman) forms a strong bond with Thornton, encouraging both father and son to stick out their first year despite all odds. The finale involves some slapstick at the swimming pool diving board, and the obligatory commencement address delivered by Dangerfield, who proves that he can crack jokes without tugging at his tie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 13, 1986

Cast

Rodney Dangerfield
as Thornton Melon
Sally Kellerman
as Diane
Burt Young
as Lou
Keith Gordon
as Jason Melon
M. Emmet Walsh
as Coach Turnbull
Robert Downey, Jr.
as Derek
Paxton Whitehead
as Philip Barbay
Adrienne Barbeau
as Vanessa
Terry Farrell
as Valerie
William Zabka
as Chas
Ned Beatty
as Dean Martin
Severn Darden
as Dr. Barazini
Sam Kinison
as Prof. Terguson
Robert Picardo
as Giorgio
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
as Himself
Edie McClurg
as Marge
Tim Stack
as Trendy Man
Jason Hervey
as Young Thornton
Leslie Huntly
as Coed
John William James
as Man in Stands
Holly Hayes
as Girl in the Crowd
Beth Peters
as Mrs. Stuyvesant
Michael McGrady
as Player
Danny Elfman
as Oingo Boingo Band Member
Eric Alver
as Student at Fraternity Party
Santos Morales
as Bartender
Lisa Denton
as Lisa
Boris Aplon
as Tony Meloni
Sarah Abrell
as Sorority Girl
Dana Allison
as Young Woman
Kimberlin Ann Brown
as Girl in Dorm Hallway
James Ingersoll
as Judge
Brad Zutaut
as Petey
Lisa LeCover
as Rodette
Bob Drew
as Bob/Contractor
Nora Boland
as Agnes
Stacey Toten
as Hot Tub Girl
Josh Saylor
as Student in Diane's Class
Phil Rubenstein
as 1st Executive
William Grauer
as Drunken Student
Becky Le Beau
as Hot-Tub Girl
John Young
as 2nd Executive
Steve Sweeney
as Security Guard
Kristen Aldrich
as Student in Diane's Class
Theresa Lyons
as Cashier
Tricia Hill
as Lisa's Friend

Crew

Alan Metter
Director
Chuck Russell
Producer
Harold Ramis
Producer
Estelle Endler
Producer
Dennis Snee
Screen Story
Harold Ramis
Screenwriter
Rodney Dangerfield
Screen Story
Rodney Dangerfield
Screenwriter
Michael Elias
Screenwriter
Greg Fields
Screen Story
Peter Torokvei
Screenwriter
Rich Eustis
Screenwriter
Steven Kampmann
Screenwriter
Vern Porter
Screenwriter
Will Aldis
Screenwriter
Will Porter
Screenwriter
Thomas E. Ackerman
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
David Rawlins
Editor
Michael Endler
Executive Producer
Harold Ramis
Executive Producer
Estelle Endler
Executive Producer
Edmund Silkaitis
Set Designer
Michael Lantieri
Special Effects
Pete Antico
Stunts
Dick Ziker
Stunts
Hallie D'Amore
Makeup
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