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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.

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  • 20 Minutes into the Future: This film was made in 1982.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Fallon gets his right arm cut off before with a circular saw before being placed back-first on it.
  • Arc Words: "I am the future"
  • Ax-Crazy: Stegman is a brutal sadistic neo-Nazi who beats up rival gangs and isn't above raping 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 die by hanging.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Early in the film, Deneen mentions that she can play many music instruments as well as conduct. In the end, she steps in when Andy runs off to find his wife.
  • Clothing Damage: Diane as she is being abducted. Andy's clothing also becomes more untidy and unraveled 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.
  • Deadly Graduation: A youngster eager to join the gang is ordered to kill a witness.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Patsy, Stegman's girlfriend, checks out the coke-head applicant, and watches Fallon put her through 'tryouts'. She also seems to greatly enjoy watching the gang-rape.
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  • Disappeared Dad: Implied to be Stegman's Freudian Excuse.
  • Disney Villain Death: Complete with the failed "give me your hand" trick. Stegman falls to his death through the window of the school auditorium after being punched by Norris after trying said trick.
  • 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.
  • Exploitation Film: Classic The '80s style.
  • Fanservice Extra: One girl at the club flashes her breasts. For the other side, the shirtless band member on stage.
  • Hidden Depths: Stegman is quite the talented piano player.
  • Idiot Ball: Terry is trying to kill Stegman hitting his with his car. Granted, he is already insane at that point.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: The main character is called Norris. Ring any bells?
  • Papa Wolf: Andy gets this way towards his students. His crusade is started when one of them dies from a drug overdose.
  • Police Are Useless: Mostly played straight. Its lampshaded that they can't do anything as long as the offenders are minors.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Stegman and the rest of his 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: Stegman proves to be one when he is really pure evil by raping Andrew Norris' wife and slaughtering one of his teachers rabbits, making the teacher lose his sanity as a result.
    Stegman: Life... is pain. Pain... is everything. You... you will learn!
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Drugstore wears one in the climax.
  • Sore Loser: Terry considers himself the one.
  • 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. Even though there are other troubled kids in the school, Mr. Norris makes a point to stress that there are good kids there; the principal eventually agrees saying, "it's just the bad ones command all our attention".
  • Useless Security Camera: If the whole school is monitored, why didn't it register who killed Terry's animals?
  • Wicked Cultured: Stegman, who can play piano very well.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Andy kills all the male members of the gang personally, expect for Barnyard, who gets accidentally killed by Patsy. Lucky for him, Patsy inadvertently gets herself killed by crashing a car..
  • 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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