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Zapped! (1982)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  23 July 1982 (USA)
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A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies.

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Barney Springboro
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Peyton Nichols
Robert Mandan ...
Walter J. Coolidge
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Bernadette
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Dexter Jones
Roger Bowen ...
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Robert Wolcott
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Corrine Updike
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Rose Burnhart
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Roscoe Brown
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Gary Cooter
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Melissa Granger
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Barney Springboro and Peyton Nichols are fun-loving high school students working on a science project with white mice. When one of the mice begins to move food toward itself with out touching it, Barney finds he has accidentally discovered a formula for telekinetic powers. Now, how much trouble can a high school kid who can move things with just his mind get into? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The movie's two top-billed lead stars, Scott Baio and Willie Aames, later reteamed for the television series Charles in Charge (1984), which they both starred in for around six years between 1984 and 1990. See more »

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Barney uses cheese as food for the mice, however it's a fact that constant amounts of cheese is actually bad for mice. See more »

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Peyton Nichols: Well, well, you two like some refreshments? Plenty of punch left in those watermelons over there.
Jane Mitchell: Looks like you had your share.
Peyton Nichols: Oh, I had a little. Sure love some more.
Robert Wolcott: I've had just about enough of you, buddy.
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A double was used for Miss Thomas in her nude scene and in the photograph. See more »

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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Just for Fun
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Stephen Geyer (as Steve Geyer)
Performed by Rick Derringer
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Scott Baio rules!
1 July 2003 | by (Little Rock, AR) – See all my reviews

And I ain't joshin'.

Why Scott Baio gets the proverbial shaft when great actors are discussed is beyond me. Here's a cat who has dated all the hottest tail and was the driving force behind what is arguably the edgiest, most acerbic teen flick ever in "Zapped!" ... yet he is often mentioned in the same breath with the two-headed Corey Monster (Haim and Feldman) and his frequent, far less dramatically astute compatriot, Mr. Willie Aames. Such degradation is tantamount to a travesty.

This movie is a cutting comedic triumph. Baio's character makes incisive observations about the empty rhetoric of adolescence, and challenges authority not only with his telekinetic powers, but alcohol, tobacco and sex. And let's examine the telekinesis closer -- is it just another one of those blessing-and-a-curse afflictions that finds the right guy or girl? Absolutely not. We're talking about a uniquely Zen ideal, a manifestation of a young man's private internal nirvana in the laboratory of the local high school. Beakers move, brooms sweep up debris, roulette wheels spin out of control, dad tosses liquid laxative all over himself uncontrollably ... this is a celluloid incarnation of unrivaled genius.

Alas, who am I kidding? This movie is stupid bad. And yet I still love it, dammit. So sue me.


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