Graduation Day (1981) - full transcript

After a high school track runner, named Laura, suddenly dies from a heart attack after finishing a 30-second 200-meter race, a killer wearing a sweat suit and a fencing mask begins killing off her friends on the school track team one by one. The suspects include the track coach Michaels, Laura's sister Anne who arrives in town for the funeral, the creepy school principal Mr. Guglione, and Laura's strange boyfriend Kevin.

And now.

Ladies & gentlemen.


The winner.

Come on.

30 seconds, Laura.

30 seconds damnit,
come to before me.

Move your ass, Laura.

Move it, move it, move it.

Move it.

Come on, right through the end.

Ain't that the kid who died
a couple of months ago?


A real shame.

You knew her?

You read about those two naked
girls down in San Diego?

It was in all the papers.

I hear they were a
couple of real lesbos.

What's the matter?
Cat got your tongue?

It's okay I got plenty of
tongue for both of us.

Move your hand.

Oh now, come on give a guy
a break, I'm a tax payer.

I said move it.

You're not one of those
lesbos. Are you?

Come on, let that loose.

Okay. But you even
breathe in my direction,

you'll be eating your
balls for lunch.

You some kind of nut or
something? Jesus Christ.

Fucking graduation day. They
make a big deal out of it...

Like it was something
special. Some...

Let me out.

I thought you wanted to
go to market street.

Alright, alright,
alright, Jesus Christ.

You're welcome for the ride lady.

Ah, good morning, coach.

Alright the hell with it, let's
get this show on the road.

We can't take a newspaper
picture without Paula.

She's the best cross
country runner

we've ever had. And you know it.

Had is right.

Hold it down.

Come on coach, she's just
jogging for god sake.

You know that for a fact?

Yeah, I passed on a way
to school this morning.

What did she have to say?

Nothing, I assumed she were
to meet up after home room.

Boys in back.

We can't take the
picture without Paula.

Come on, let's go.

How bout it coach. What
was the calculated risk?

How many of us were supposed to
make it through the season alive?

You're out of line fella.

Yeah, you've done a
lot worse. Coach.

Wait a minute. Coach.
Coach listen. I'm on a

tight schedule. Let's take
the picture. Come on.

Ok, come on line up.

Come on.

Take off that white
shirt over Young lady.

Let's take the job done.

Move in closer. Okay, that's
it. Nice smile. Come on.

Oh honey, am I glad to see you.

Let me take your hat.

- You've lost weight.
- No, I haven't mum.

I've been the same
weight for 10 years.


Are you alright?

It was just awful. Just awful.

Oh look honey, Anne is home.

No shit, she awake.

Don't talk to my mother like that.

Hey, if you don't like it,
why don't you go back

to China or wherever the
hell you came from.

I mean no one invited you here.

Now please don't fight, Ronald is

joking, that's all.
Aren't you honey?

See, he didn't mean
anything by it. Where

did you come from this time honey?


Oh Ron, did you hear
that. She came all

the way from Guam
for the graduation.

- Isn't that nice?
- It's very nice.

You can't be too hard on him,
it was a terrible shock.

Now come on, I'll take you up to

Laura's room. You
relax for a while.

What about my room mum?

Oh oh, Ronald made
it into a wonderful

dark room. He's a
terrific photographer.

You won't mind? Laura's room
is really nice and tidy.

Nobody's been there
since she died.

- Okay mum.
- Come on, I'll show you.

No, it's alright. I
know where it is.

How long you gonna stay?

Just until after the graduation.


Oh, Ronald probably want
to know. That's all.

Honey? The trophy and insurance
money. Laura's I mean.

Are you planning on keeping them?

No mum. Did you hear that Ronald.
You'll get to keep the money.

Why didn't you call us at the

airport? I would
have picked you up.

- I got here alright.
- Yeah, I can see that.

You got something on your mind?

What did they have
to call you for? I

brought her up like
she was my own.

I out of to be up their
getting that trophy.

I don't know why you
come sniffing around?

I've got my reasons.

I see the Navy hasn't
taught you any manners.

You're still the same
big mouth self centred

bitch you were the
day you left here.

I out of slap some
mind into you...

I wouldn't if I were you. I have

learnt a few things
in the military.


- Hi Sally.
- Hi.

Did I frighten you? I'm sorry.

I was looking for the auditorium.
I must have gotten lost.

It's strange you
know. I used to know

this place like the
back of my hand.

The auditorium is over
there. You can't Miss it.

That's beautiful.

It's the honour
award. Boston track.

You have lovely eyes.

My sister had eyes like yours.

She's dead now.

Well, gotta run.

Good afternoon. Let's
give our attention

to our Principal Mr Guglione.

Alright, now...

Boys and girls...


Alright seniors.

You can't behave, we were just
gonna call the whole thing off.

Is that what you want to see? Is
that what you want to happen?

Well, which will it
be? Behave or quit.

Come on, wake up? Behave or quit.

I mean it. I'm serious
boys and girls.

Graduation is for you, not
for me. Remember that.

Now simmer down. I mean
it. That's better.

These diplomas are tickets
to the adult world.

You want to get in? You got
to pay the admission funds.

Respect authority. Do you
understand each other?

Good, okay.

It's her.

- At the exercise tomorrow.
- Boy she weird.

I will call your names,
one up at a time.

You will come up here and I
will hand you a diploma.

You will take the
diploma in your left

hand and shake with
your right hand.

And no, no jokes about
being left handed.

Then, the monsignor.

The monsignor gonna
say the benediction.

You all gonna stand
there with your

heads bowed. And you
better be serious.

Then we gonna get to the
special awards over here.

Boys and girls. We have a
special guest with us today.

I would like you to give a warm

welcome to Laura
Ramstead's sister...

Ms Anne Ramstead. Excuse
me, Ensign Ramstead.

She flew all the way from
Guam to be with us today.

Tomorrow at the actual
ceremony. We are going to

call for a moment of silence
in honour for Laura.

Boys and girls. That
will be all for today.

They're animals. I swear they got
to get worse from year to year.

- You're Kevin.
- Hello, Anne.

I appreciated your letter so much.


Can we talk? Alone, sure.

Catch me later, after school.

Kevin where? Kevin?

We ain't got nothing here. Go on.

Get him Reed, get him
Reed. Go on now. Sit

I didn't know anyone was here.

Hello, Anne.


I was afraid you weren't here.

I was upstairs in my room.

I see you saw it.

It's exactly as you
said in your letter.

Go on, gets fly.
Stick old dopes on.

Don't worry about grandma.
She can't hear a thing.

She didn't have to die, Kevin.


You know, Laura was
crazy about you.

It's always Anne
this and Anne that.

She lotta liked you.

She was all I had.

Everything is different now.

Laura is still with me. She
will always be with me.

I will never change.

You are beautiful Kevin.

You really are.

I almost forgot, what I came for.

What is it?

Laura's graduation present.

I wanted you to have it.

Wow, it's really neat.


Well, I better be going.

I have something to take care of.


I'll see you later.

Hey, thanks again.

Anybody there?

What have you sneak
to me scare for?


What are you talking about?

- Quiet. Quiet.
- What?

- Oh come on.
- No way.

Quiet, what?

- The door.
- What? What about it?

- It's just closed.
- Oh sure, it did all by itself.

- No don't.
- She's nuts.

She's nuts.

I don't believe her. What
is she trying to do?

What a freak.

Let's get out of here. Let's go.

Back of.

Hey, wait for me.

Coach Michaels tells me, you're
good enough for the Olympics.

He never told me that.

No? Sally could you do a couple
of turns for me on the bar?

Hey, hold it, hold it.

What do you mean a
couple of turns?

Sally get up on the bars
and do your routine.

I don't know coach. I
level not up to it today.

The man is here from the paper for
Christ sake. Don't embarrass me.

Hey, it's okay
coach... I just made a

just mind your own business.

Sally, get your little ass up
on those bars and got to work.

What happened?

- I'm not sure.
- What do you mean you not sure?

I don't know.

You've broke your
concentration. That's what

happened. I've never
seen anything so sloppy.

It doesn't really matter
coach. I got to...

Just shut up and do your job.

Now do it Sally.
Don't disappoint me

It's no problem coach, I got
some really great stuff there.

Go on. Go on.

This is for you coach.

Sit on it and rotate.

What are you doing?

Stop it.


Why did you ever
leave show business?

Oh, I never really left it. I
mean show business is my life.

- I got tired at the parties.
- Oh, the parties are so exciting.

Kiss the behinds.

When you an entertainer
as I were, as I am.

The bell rang 10 minutes ago.

There aren't any
more real classes.

Tomorrow is graduation day.

Hey, Mr Roberts is
going to be onto

for the whole Summer.
Isn't it great.

Oh god, I wish I
could go with you.

What about it Mr Roberts, do you

want me to come
back later or what?

Oh no no Delloris, you
are right on time.

We were just letting it all hang
out. As they say in the industry.

I'll see you and
you... in the fall.

Thank you sir.

Goodbye Joanne. Goodbye
Doris. Sing one for me honey.

Oh. Now Delloris, as
I was saying there

is no possible way I can pass you.

I mean, Summer school
is the only answer.

You've hardly been
here. Let me show you

your record. And
you'll see that its...

What are you doing?

As I was saying. You see Summer
school isn't that bad, really.

Wait, don't do that.
I mean not here.

Somebody could come in you know.

Ah, Delloris.

Oh my...

Ah, Delloris. I want


Blondie would you come in for
a minute, quick like a bunny?

Quick like a what?

Bunny, you know rabbit,
quick, chop chop.

You lie.

Blondie, you look just terrific.

Alright, how much is there?

Not much, nothing that you
can't whip out in no time.

There are three letters
on the first sign.

The body of the letters
is same for all three.

Except they must be
individually done

and they must be addressed to...

The school Superintendent,
the school

board, and the athletic faculty.

And on the other side
do the same for the art

department, music
department and maths. Okay.

You have got to be kidding. I
am up to my garter belts now.

Tomorrow is graduation day.

I know. That's why it
got to be done quick.

I know. Like a bunny.

Blondie. I would
appreciate this very much.

It's very important to me.

Don't try to be nice to me.
I'm really ticked off.

This is just not fair. I'll be
up half the night with this.

Honey, there an idea.

What do you say I
come by your place

later on with a bottle of wine...

After you're finished.

You know something Mr Guglione?
You are real bastard.

Make it around midnight.

Did you here it?

Hear, what?

Strange tapping noises everywhere,
you must have heard it. Don't you?

No, I haven't heard a thing.

Well, there's something in
the pipes. I'm sure of it.

What do you think it is?

I don't know, but
I'm gonna find out.

You do that.


Is anybody in here?


Alright. Whoever it
is, I know who you

are. You're not
supposed to be in here.

Come on out, I'm not gonna
hassle you or anything.

Just get your ass out, alright.

Look, I won't tell Mr Guglione,
if you just get out now.

Mr Roberts. You look a lot
thinner with your clothes off.

Oh why? Don't you
find me attractive?

Oh sure I do. You are
okay. You're fine.

Do you like snakes? I call
this my little cobra.

Oh, why is it poisonous?

- You're very funny.
- So are you, you're real funny.

Come back here. Don't
think, I don't

know who you are, because I do.

Come on, and show your
face, you miserable scum.

Know you really
screwed up this year,

you got to be lucky
if you graduate.

I'm gonna graduate.

Doing what? You didn't even
go to class half of the time.

I know but it's cool. I
talked to Mr Roberts,

you know he doesn't care.
I'm gonna graduate.

How many girls have
you screwed? Is it

true you screwed the
ones at sacred heart?

Ha, have you?

What, you like a
calculator or something?

No, you know. I just wondered.

- Every one.
- Every one.

- Cheerleaders, hop hop girls.
- You're kidding.

Kidding what?

You know Nancy?

In the back on our way,
first time I met her.

So you did do her with your own?

Had to teach her a
little bit, you know.

She's my best friend. Yeah,
she's my best friend.

What did she say?

About you? What did
she say about you? Oh

she didn't say anything
about you at all.

Probably because you know.

Because we were
boyfriend-girlfriend. Right.


- You know what Tony.
- What.

- I'm really horny.
- There is time for that later.

- I really am.
- No, that's time for that later.

What do you think you doing?

Oh, shit.

How you like to get busted,
the day before graduation?

Don't you can't say about that.

You know, I'm gonna Miss
your uniform McGregor.

Are the narcs are an
endangered species?

They're not very bright. You see.

Instead of migrating in
the winter they fly up

their own assholes and
mate with themselves.

- And what comes out.
- McGregor.

That's funny, that's really funny.

You know, I'm a police officer...

And if I catch you
smoking dope around the

campus one more time,
your ass is mine.


Got, hell.

Are you crazy? These are precision

instruments. You
could snap a blade.

- I didn't touch your machines.
- No, you didn't?

I didn't come here to
play games, Michaels.

Then why did you come here for?

To point a finger
at a killer. Well

go ahead, everybody
else in town has.

- Maybe they know something.
- They don't know nothing.

All the years I gave them
winners they loved me.

One accident, one accident where
a child gets a blood clot...

And it's my fault and
I'm out on my ass.

I'd say you getting off easy.

Listen I didn't kill your sister.

- Oh, no.
- I loved her.

Loved you. You lying bastard.
You and your stupid track team.

You hit her and you killed her.

I didn't kill anybody. I give my
life to Laura. To all my kids.

Yeah, I pushed them.
I yelled at them,

that didn't mean, I
didn't care for them.

I spent 4 years with Laura. I
moulded her. I shaped her.


She was precision. She was power.

Like a machine?

Look I'm sorry Miss, a lot I have
to do. What is you wanted anyway?

I came for an answer.
I think I've got it.

Well meet again Michaels.

Yeah, I guess. We will.

Hey. Ralph, where are you going?
Don't get to station yet?

Come on. I'm on my
way to right now.

We will take you station.

- You want your ball?
- Well finishes off.

- He wants his ball back.
- Here.

Squirrels bought a
ball could yell?

Squirrels have no time
for this nonsense.

Catch the ball.

Hey. Give me my ball.

Give me my goddamn ball.

Hey. Give me my ball.

Listen coach. I'm really
sorry, I really am.

Well well, coach Michaels.
Looks like you had

yourself a pretty good
deal. Didn't you?

Surrounded by all that
fine Young stuff.

You got lipstick on you.
To bad you blew it.

Don't treat me like
shit coach. Remember I

can hurt you bad. If
I put my mind to it.

You son of a bitch.

So, what's this? You
ought her all your soup.

We're just friends.

May I've ask. Can I,
listen truthfully?

I'm going too. I'm serious.

May be you should like this.


What's wrong? I do something?

No, I got to something.

You know. It's a
really nice night.

Must be nice to piss anywhere.

The world is, my toilet.


Stop, playing around.

Oh, my god.


No, Mrs Taylor, no.

I'm not saying, you're wrong. No,
no I'm not saying you're right.

Well, yes, yes of course,
you can count on that.

Look, yes yes yes. Definitely.
She"ll be there at 4 o'clock.


She's not about to Miss
graduation exercise.

Yes yes yes, that I promise you.

Yes, you bet. Bye bye.

It's Mrs Fisk. She
is fit to be tied.

Tony has not been
home all night along.

Could you imagine that?

What does she want?

Well she's got to
have someone to crab

at. Guess I'm not
important enough.

Oh why me? I don't know
where the damn kid is.

Well tell her that.
She's on line 2.

Tell here what?

If I knew, what had to tell these
parents, I'd have your job.

Listen, I really don't,
I really don't have the

time they want me. You just
tell her, I'm not here.

I do a lot for you Mr
Guglione lord knows,

but lying is not one
of them. Line 2.

Yes, Mrs Fisk. How are...,
yes yes I did hear.

Well apparently some of the kids,
they didn't get home last night.

Well I am and well I'm not.

Yes yes they are.

They are good kids
sure all of them.

Yes, all from the same track team.

Judging by the calls.

Yes, yes I agree, I agree.

Well I certainly
would, if they were

mine. Yes, I certainly
will Mrs Fisk.

Goodbye dear.

Why are those little
bastards doing this to me.

It's their graduation
not mine. I am

gonna calling the whole thing off.

Mrs Johnson are on the
phone, it can't be wrapped.

I don't speak to any more
cunt. I got a thousand people

waiting for me at 4 o'clock and
I got a full on going show.

Just a moment, just a
moment, Mrs Johnson.

Mr Guglione's office.
Yes he is. He is

right here. He'll
with you in a moment.

I told you. I didn't want to
speak to any more people.

Now you tell the truth on
your own time. Damnit.

Are you there, Mr Guglione?

It's Mrs brentwood, Paula's
mother wants to talk to you soon.

Come on, one more
time, one more time.

One more time. Hold on.

You have come out to the
club, you know, come soon.


you ready?

I'll happy you know,
tell everybody,

you're one of my students.

I loved this Ron.

I'm not here blondie, tell
them jokes, tell them lies.

Tell those damn towns
whatever you want

to. But tell them
to stop bugging me.

You hear that? Good.

- Mr Guglione?
- Who let you in?

- I let myself in.
- Who are you? What do you want?

Inspector Halliday. Police.

Halliday. Police.

Your don't look...I

- I'm Lebanese.
- Look, Italian.

You look Lebanese.

Sit down, can I get
you a cup of coffee.

No, thanks.

The truth is Mr Guglione,

I really hate schools.

I like to do my report
and get out of here.

What can I do for you?

Well, we found a few calls
from hysterical parents.

Seems a few of your seniors
never made it home last night.

You mean those kids
on the track team.

What do you know about them?

Inspector. Today is
graduation day. Those kids

are being kicked out of
the nest sort of speed.

From now on it's fly
or fall on their own.

They are probably just
out raising the hell.

Why, why? There parents so upset?

That's, that's what
I don't understand.

Neither do I. That's why I'm here.

Hey chief. What's the good word?

Where's your badge?

I must have lost it.

Here's a list of home rooms,
check them out. Alright.

- Got you covered.
- What if they're not there?

Then you write in your
report, "not there".

Should I look for them?

No. McGregor. We are here to
make a report. That's all.

About a bunch of inconsiderate
irresponsible kids...

About to fly out of their nest and
shit all over the rest of us.

Alright. So make it and let's go.

I get closter phobic just
being around schools.

That's a good one.

Impressive. Isn't it?

It's too bad about coach Michaels.

Yes it is. It is a pity.
He was a fine coach.

But that's the way it
is in public life.

You're only as good
as you last mistake.

Sobering thought. Isn't it?

- How is your report coming?
- I'm working on it.

Coach Michaels. I'm
Inspector Halliday.

Six seniors didn't make
it home last night.

Would you know
anything about them?


You didn't see anything,
you didn't hear

anything. There's nothing
you can tell me?


They were all on your track team.

I don't have a team.

How do you mean that?

In case you hadn't
heard, I've been canned.

I heard.


If you'll excuse me, anything
else I have to finish packing.


I'll see you at the
graduation ceremonies.

No, there is no need to worry,
they're probably out...

Just planning you
know like a big big

graduation day surprise.
That's all mam.

- Joanne.
- What?

- Joanne come here.
- What?

Look at this. Look.

It's blood.

- What is it?
- It is. It's blood.

Get out, quick.

Kevin, are you alright?

Coach Michaels. You
got to get him.

Is it broken? You're bleeding. I'm
sorry. What are you doing here?

Don't worry about it, he
can't do for it again.

Inspector, take the
cover that girl up.

Find something to cover the body.


I don't know, a towel,
shower curtain, something.

Don't worry. Please.

Miss, can I see you a minute?

Do you know who these people are?

Yes. It's a track team.

I'm gonna make you pay Michaels.
I'm gonna make you pay.

You don't understand nothing.

Kevin. Can't tell
you do this alone.

You heard that voice?

You heard, they're coming
to get you. They're coming

to get you Michaels. Your
killing days is all over.


He is over here, everybody.
Come on Michaels.


Inspector, we got to find them.

Who are you? What's
your stake in all this?

You don't understand.
I've never killed anybody

in my life. It's all will
be a terrible mistake.

Don't play this with me Michaels.
I was there. I saw you kill her.

What are you talking about?

You killed Laura.
You all killed her.

Now, you all got to be punished.

You killed Sally?

Sally, Ralph, Diane,
Paula, Tony, Pete.

All of them. Yeah, that's right.
They all had to be punished.

But I saved the best for
the last run, Michaels.

You are the only one left.

You know the best for last.

30 seconds. That's all it
took. Just 30 seconds.

From the time you
first push the real

race, until you the others killed.

Just 30 seconds.

Come on Laura. Come
on, you can do it.

God, just a little bit
more, move your ass Laura.

Come on, 38 seconds

30 seconds.

You're dead.

My whole life was changed
in just 30 seconds.

We gonna be married. Laura and me,

married. Today, just
after graduation.

Today today Michaels.


Kevin. Are you alright?

He killed that. I tried to
get him to tell you, but he.

I know, we know, its over, I know.

Kevin. Do you think
you can make to the

station. I like you
to make a statement?


What kind of statement?

Just for the record.
Exactly what happened.

What you saw. What he said to you.

May be it can help us, make
some sense out of this mess.

I'll go with you.

No, no. Look I don't want you to
getting involved. Please. I'll go.

I mean, did you ever
seen anything so awful?

In your life. You never
know. You work with

people day after day,
week after week.

Month after month,
year after year.

Blondie, blondie


Could you get Laura's
trophy for me. I want to

make sure I have it
before I leave tomorrow.

- Laura Ramstead trophy?
- Yes.

Kevin badger picked it
up with her diploma.

Are you sure?

Yes, I'm sure this morning.
In fact he said that

you said you wanted him
to. You did. Didn't you?

I mean Kevin is not the kind
of boy that would lie. Is he?

No. No of course not.

- Thank you blondie. Thank you.
- Sure.

Excuse me.

I didn't know anyone was here...

Grandma can't hear you.

And Laura really prefers it quiet.

Don't you sweat heart?

Is it.

You won't believe how
awful they were to her.

They just stuck her in the
ground, like she never existed.

Nobody would even talk about her.

You couldn't mention her name.

But I set them straight. Now
they're all dead and gone.

Only she and me.


I am glad you are the
one is here Anne

I want you be the first
one to kiss the bride.


Sure, we are gonna get married.

Just after graduation,
just like we planned.

I thought you loved her.

What kind of a sister are you?
She's your own flesh and blood.

You are freighting. Isn't?

You want to tried and
hurt my Laura too.

You don't deserve to live either.

You want to try hurt
my Laura, don't you?


Come on Anne.

You don't love her.

I wanna have to teach you too.

Terrible, just terrible.
What more you can say.

Anne honey, couldn't you stay
just a little while more.

I have to be on that plane
first thing tomorrow morning.

I'm sorry momma. I really am.

Good night, honey.

They took her from the grave.

Where did you ever come here for?
Trouble never nothing but trouble.

Aren't you ashamed? You woke up
Anne in the middle of the night.

Come on, honey. Let's go to bed.
Saying good night kiss to Ronnie.

You have to forgive Ronald.
He's been through a lot.

Sleep tight. Don't let
the bed bugs bite.