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R.P.M. Reviews

Pathetic attempt by Kramer to examine the difficulties hard-working college administrators faced during the 1960s when radicals tried to take over schools. Quinn stars as a well-liked, anti-establishment college professor who sleeps with graduate student Ann-Margret (boy, he's hip!) and suddenly finds himself thrown into the position of college president when student radicals led by Lockwood and Winfield take over the school, forcing the current president to resign. Quinn is chosen by the administration because of his popularity with the students. He soon wins the students over with his laid-back style, and the radicals sit down to negotiate. Lockwood and Winfield present a list of twelve demands and Quinn manages to get nine of the list approved by the college board (the rest are deemed non-negotiable). Outraged that all the demands have not been met, Lockwood and the radicals threaten to destroy the college's new $2 million computer. Seeing no way to prevent disaster, Quinn finally gets fed up with these crazy kids (especially since they taunt him about his sexual inadequacy) and sends in the cops. This move totally disillusions the student body, which has lost all respect for Quinn; they let him know it in a barrage of insults and jeers as he walks off by himself. The script by Erich Segal is as simple-minded and silly as the title (R.P.M. stands for Revolutions Per Minute, get it?), with Quinn horribly miscast and Ann-Margret downright laughable as the sexy graduate student.