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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Some Back to School (the movie) Trivia

Image result for back to school movieSchool is starting up again for many, and it reminded us of one of our favorite movies, Back to School. Here's some fun trivia:

If you aren't familiar, the movie, it stars Rodney Dangerfield as Thornton Melon, a fun-loving and obnoxious rich businessman who decides to enter college in order to help his discouraged son get through school.

Most of the outdoors scenes at the college were shot on location at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which Dangerfield had once applied to. He said, "It took forty years, but I finally got here!" No respect!

One of the last shots in the opening montage is of Rodney Dangerfield golfing. This was taken directly from his first film, Caddyshack.

In one scene, Thornton hands in a paper about the novels of Kurt Vonnegut. His spiteful professor, recognizing that it's not Thornton's own work, says that "Whoever did write this doesn't know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut." The person Thornton hired was Kurt Vonnegut himself, who has a cameo in the movie.

It was the sixth highest grossing film of 1986, and the second highest grossing comedy of that year (Crocodile Dundee was the first).

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