Making the Grade
is an American film
which was released in 1984
. It was directed by Dorian Walker
and written by Charles Gale
and Gene Quintano
. It was filmed at Rhodes College
in Memphis, Tennessee
Palmer Woodrow (Olsen) is a rich, prep school kid who rarely attends class and has been expelled from numerous prep schools
. His parents are traveling internationally and inform him that he has been enrolled at Hoover Academy and he has one last chance to graduate or he will be cut off financially. Meanwhile, Eddie Keaton (Nelson) is a small-time con artist who has run afoul of a local loanshark
named "Dice" (The first appearance of the Andrew Dice Clay
character). Via a chance meeting, Woodrow hires Keaton for $10,000 and a Porsche
to attend his prep school and graduate, freeing Woodrow to travel to Europe for skiing.
At the end of the film's final credits, the characters Palmer and Eddie are touted as returning in the upcoming movie 'Tourista.' However, after low theatrical interest in the duo and repeated missed deadlines (of which Olsen tried to contribute as a writer), the script for Tourista was never completed. The pair never teamed up in filmmaking again.