Class of 1984, Sept. 24th, Mayfair Theatre 1074 Bank St. 9pm
Directed by Mark Lester, 98 Minutes, 1982, Canada, 35mm, R
Class of 1984 is something like a B-movie amalgam of Death Wish and Fame. Shot in Toronto by director Mark Lester (Commando, Firestarter), it stars Perry King (Search and Destroy) as a high-school music teacher in an escalating fight for survival with a gang of teenage thugs at his new school. Roger Ebert gave it three-and-a-half stars out of four, calling it "raw, offensive, vulgar, and violent, but it contains the sparks of talent and wit, and it is acted and directed by people who cared to make it special." It's definitely not for the squeamish, but if you can stomach the exploitation it has many highlights, including a great supporting performance by Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes) and cameos from Canadian acting icons Al Waxman and Michael J. Fox (in only his second big-screen appearance). Presented by the Canadian Cult Revue.