Film / Class of 1984

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Class of 1984 is a 1982 action-thriller movie about a newly hired music teacher at a troubled inner city school, where students have to pass through a metal detector due to problems with gangs, drugs and violence.


This film provides examples of:

  • An Arm and a Leg: Fallon gets his arm cut off before with a circular saw before dying on that same saw
  • Ax-Crazy: Stegman is a brutal sadistic neo-Nazi who beats up rival gangs and isn't above raping innocent women.
  • Berserk Button: When Andy discovers that his wife has been kidnapped and raped, he goes ballistic and kills each member of the gang.
  • Big Bad: Stegman the leader of the gang plaguing the school.
  • Bittersweet Ending: All the gang are dead and Andy gets away with the killings because there were no witnesses. He and his wife still have to put up with the trauma of the events, not to mention every student in the school seeing Stegman hang himself.
  • Body Horror: we get close-ups of Drugstore's burnt face and Stegman's bloody eyes when they die.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': One kid buys drugs off the gang and takes a sniff. Five minutes later he climbs the flag pole and falls to his death.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Inverted. We see Terry carries a gun in his briefcase in the very first scene. It reappears in a darkly humorous scene where he brings it to class and holds students at gunpoint to force them to answer questions.
  • Clothing Damage: Diane as she is being abducted. Andy's clothing also becomes more untidy and unravelled as he fights off the gang.
  • Cool Teacher: Mr Norris is this to his music class, since he's the only teacher in the school that actually cares.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Patsy, Stegman's girlfriend, checks out the cokehead applicant, and watches Fallon put her through 'tryouts'. She also seems to greatly enjoy watching the gangrape.
  • Disappeared Dad: Implied to be Stegman's Freudian Excuse.
  • Disney Villain Death: Complete with the "give me your hand" failed trick Stegman falls to his death through the window of the school auditorium.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After one too many taunts from the gang, Andy finally snaps and goes berserk on the gang members.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The gang beating up another rival gang.
  • Fanservice Extra: One girl at the club who flashes her boobs. For the other side, the shirtless band member on stage.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Neo-Nazis fit this trope to the letter.
    • Big Bad - Peter Stegman is the ringleader and the main foe for Andy.
    • The Dragon - Fallon is Stegman's right hand man and carries out his orders.
    • The Evil Genius - Drugstore is naturally the one who makes and supplies the drugs.
    • The Brute - Barnyard, the most violent and thuggish member.
    • The Dark Chick - Patsy, the manipulator, who taunts Andy about his wife's fate in the climax.
  • Hidden Depths: Stegman is quite the talented piano player.
  • Inner City School: One that's full of delinquent teens and dangerous gangs. They do however have a good music program.
  • Kick the Dog: Because Terry helped Andy save two kids from the gang, they punish him by killing all the animals in his classroom and putting them on display.
  • Kill It with Fire: How Drugstore dies.
  • Mama Bear: Stegman's mother certainly flies into a rage when Andy supposedly assaults him. Too bad she's so clueless.
  • Papa Wolf: Andy gets this way towards his students. His crusade is started when one of them dies from a drug overdose.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Steggman and the rest of hig gang. They're neo - nazis.
  • The Quincy Punk: Probably the best example of this trope. The gang all have classic punk looks and are portrayed as violent and sadistic because of it.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Stegman and his gang rape Andy's wife.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Andy's course of action after seeing the photo of his wife being raped.
  • Sadist: Peter Stegman and his gang member. They enjoys innocent students' punishment and suffering without any redeeming qualities whatsoever.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Drugstore wears one in the climax.
  • Teenage Wasteland: The school and the town are well on their way to becoming this.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Played with. Only the gang members are actually that sadistic although there are other troubled kids in the school, Mr Norris makes a point to stress that there are good kids there and the principal eventually agrees saying "it's just the bad ones command all our attention".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never actually confirmed whether or not Patsy died as she is last seen bleeding in the front seat of the car, panting.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Andy kills all the male members of the gang personally, exepct for Barnyard who gets accidentally killed by Patsy. Lucky for him Patsy inadvertently gets herself killed by crashing a car. And we're not even sure she's dead.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Stegman cuts Andy's wife with a knife
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Stegman slams his head off of a mirror and a sink and then wipes his blood onto Mr. Norris' hand to get him suspended.

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