Johnny Be Good is a 1988 comedy film, directed by film editor Bud S. Smith, in his only film in the director's chair. It stars Anthony Michael Hall as the main character Johnny Walker, Robert Downey Jr., Steve James, Jennifer Tilly and Uma Thurman. Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon makes a cameo appearance.
Judas Priest and Ted Nugent, among others, contributed to the soundtrack. The title track, Johnny B. Goode, originally recorded by Chuck Berry, was re-recorded by Judas Priest for the movie.
Johnny Walker (Anthony Michael Hall
) is the top high school quarterback
prospect who is heavily recruited by many schools. His best friend, Leo Wiggins (Robert Downey, Jr.
), thinks he should hold out for the best offer. His girlfriend, Georgia (Uma Thurman
), wants him to go to State with her and get a solid education. The colleges offer him everything he could possibly want---girls, cars, cash, free room and board, etc. Although he has all the skills a coach would want in a quarterback, he is unsure where he wants to go. Johnny lives with his mother, grandfather and younger brother and sister. Johnny is offered everything and anything by every interested college except for the local State College, which he chooses in the end of the movie, as he decides that college is not just for football.
- Every college in the country wants Johnny. 'Cause when he's good he's very very good. And when he's bad he's better!