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Rodney Dangerfield | Back To School

Directed by Alan Metter
Comedy Feature
USA | 96 min | 1986

Millionaire businessman Thornton Melon is upset when his son Jason announces that he is not sure about going to college. Thornton insists that college is the best thing he never had for himself, and to prove his point, he agrees to enroll in school along with his son. Thornton is a big hit on campus: always throwing the biggest parties, knowing all the right people, but is this the way to pass college?
—Murray Chapman

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Alan Metter, DirectorAlan Metter
Metter grew up in the Boston area, lived in the Hollywood Hills for most of his adult life, and moved to South Florida in 2009.

Alan began his creative life at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB), the legendary advertising agency. In the late 1970s, Metter leaped at the opportunity to direct some of the first music videos for the likes of George Harrison, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Chicago, Olivia Newton-John, and Donna Summer, as well as comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Steve Martin, which were aired on the fledgling MTV.

The experience of directing major rock stars and comedians in music videos established Metter as a candidate to direct feature films.

Film Information

Director:  Alan Metter
Country: U.S.A.
Year: 1986
Language: English
Runtime: 96 min.
Rated: PG-13


Writer: Rodney Dangerfield, Greg Fields, Dennis Snee
Production Company: Orion Pictures, Paper Clip Productions

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