The Graduates of Malibu High

The Graduates of Malibu High is a low budget American crime-drama film starring James Van Patten, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Roundtree, and Lynda Day George. It is known as Young Warriors in the United Kingdom.[2][3] It was released theatrically by Cannon Films on August 26, 1983. It has only been released on VHS and on Laserdisc in the United Kingdom.

The Graduates of Malibu High
Directed byLawrence D. Foldes
Produced byVictoria Paige Meyerink
Written byRussell W. Colgin
Lawrence D. Foldes
StarringErnest Borgnine
Richard Roundtree
Lynda Day George
James Van Patten
Anne Lockhart
Tom Reilly
Dick Shawn
Mike Norris
Music byRob Walsh
CinematographyMac Ahlberg
Edited byTed Nicolaou
Distributed byCannon Home Video
Release date
  • August 26, 1983 (1983-08-26)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1 million[1]
Box office$238,534 (US)[1]


A young woman (April Dawn) is gang raped and murdered by the bikers in a California college town, sparking her brother Kevin (James Van Patten) to take up arms by night with a gang of like-minded vigilantes from his fraternity, brutally punishing any miscreants they catch in a criminal act. In the meantime, Kevin debates the issue of violent crime in the U.S. with his teachers and others during the day. As Kevin and his gang head toward a final, bloody confrontation with the low-lifes who murdered his sister, other scenes show the difference between his character, now violent, and the people he is supposedly protecting.



The Graduates of Malibu High was intended as a sequel to Malibu High. Deran Sarafian claimed he took over direction.[4] The film was produced by Victoria Paige Meyerink.[5]



  1. "Young Warriors - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 29 July 2011.
  2. Klotman & Gibson 1997, p. 531.
  3. Quinlan 1989, p. 60.
  4. London, Michael (August 14, 1983). "EVEN FOR A 'GHOSTDIRECTOR,' THIS FILM WAS A NIGHTMARE". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Times Communications LLC (Nant Capital). p. u4.
  5. Simpson, Paul (2013). Elvis Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Rock 'n' Roll in Hollywood (Paperback ed.). Milwaukee: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. ISBN 978-1557838582.


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