Three O’Clock High
Directed by Phil Joanou. US. 1987. PG. 97 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Fri., June 16, 2017
This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the great high school movies of the late 80s. Director Phil Joanou, best known for his work with U2, has a unique eye and ability to build solid tension for one Jerry Mitchell. Jerry is your average high schooler who unfortunately upsets the psychotic new kid, Buddy Reveal. Buddy challenges Jerry to a fight, today at 3PM. As the day plays out, everyone and everything either helps Jerry or hinders his escape. Will Jerry survive the day? Will Jerry rise to Buddy’s challenge? Joanou’s tension is infectious and Jerry’s plight is one we can all sympathize with. Trust us, the climax rivals the greatest of cinematic gladiatorial confrontations. (Bob Trate)