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Class of 1999 (1990)

Three ex-military robots are reprogrammed as teachers and secretly placed in a school where most students are part of organized gangs. They begin to respond violently to unruly students, and their military training starts to take over.

Director:

Mark L. Lester

Writers:

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

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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Taglines:

Hired to Teach. Programmed to Kill. See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is an official sequel to Class of 1984 (1982) which was confirmed by Director Mark L. Lester but instead of the punks lead by Timothy Van Patten going after the teacher played by Perry King in that film, it is the gangs (Blackhearts and Razorheadz) that join forces to go after the android teachers. See more »

Goofs

The position of the writing on the basketball changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Cody is about to rip Bryles' robotic head off with a forklift]
Cody: [screams] Have a nice stretch, COACH!
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Alternate Versions

German 18-rated Rental-Video was cut to reduce violence. The TV-Version also misses many violent moments. See more »

Connections

Referenced in El Rato Muerto: Cine en las aulas (2017) 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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These robots have more then teaching on mind!
14 February 2006 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

It's the year 1999 and the violence in schools is virtually now unstoppable with many gangs contributing to the war zone look. To control this problem in a Settle High school, a principal gets help from the board of Government Educational defence and three disguised androids are sent there. They are no ordinary robots that are just there to teach, but they have strong disciplinary actions to keep these savage students at bay. Although soon the punishment that these androids hand out becomes brutal and they decide to terminate the main problem by playing games on the students.

Director Mark L. Lester returns here to provide us with a sequel to his cult classic "Class Of 84". This really isn't a direct sequel and it's not up to scratch with the first. The original is basically far superior in every way. Though, that's not saying it's worthless, because it's not. Trashy, incredibly dumb and over-the-top, but it surely was an entertaining B-grade Sci-fi. Even if the characters and plot seem to lose out to the violence and special effects. They are executed very well by fusing together plentiful action and chaos. Just like the first it doesn't shy away from graphic violence, but the realistic and exploitive touch of the first is lost on this occasion. While, the special effects are very well conceived in this low-budget production. The robot designs were crafted with great detail and skill. Another notable thing that makes this worth a peek is that of the cast. What a stellar line-up it does boast. You got Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, John P. Ryan, Patrick Kilpatrick and Joshua Millar appearing. Now the big question is how did these names get involved in the production? The characterizations are weak, but Grier, Ryan and Kilpatrick spice it up as the hell bent androids and Keach gives a deviously cheesy performance as the cynical Dr. Bob Forrest, the creator of these robots. The teenagers here are basically paper-thin and lack the menace. Bradley Gregg plays the hero, and that's a very wooden and unappealing one too.

The predictable premise is more concern about keeping the eyes entertained with explosions, gunfire and dazzling effects amongst an apocalyptic background. The satirical comments are there, but it just lacks the venom in the context and it doesn't have the hard ass poetry of the original. It takes a look into the future to see how the higher officials would cope with this problem and it shows the hypocritical reaction that now aggression is the best way to defeat this problem. Like others have mentioned it adds a pinch of "The Terminator", "Westworld" and "The Warriors" to the story's set-up and viola - you got "Class of 1999". The hammy dialog is bad and seems to be on pun overload; with something being mentioned every couple lines. Stacy Keach is the one that drums out the campy dialog beautifully, though. The humour too is terribly off the rocker. The soundtrack sticks with the punk scene and rock grunge, but it isn't so enforcing and catchy. Because of the budget it does have very grimy look that works in well with the flick. Director Lester constructed adequate suspense and paces the film rather smoothly, with enough neat flashes of gore in the mix. Overall, I was expecting something very weak, but hell this was one bone-rattling ride.

Maybe it's not as memorable, interactive and shocking as its great predecessor, but this kitsch sequel, which could possibly stand-alone. Hooks you right in because of the profound visuals and strong cast.


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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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