A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barney Springboro
Peyton Nichols
Robert Mandan ...
Walter J. Coolidge
Dexter Jones
Roger Bowen ...
Mr. Springboro
Mrs. Springboro (as Marya Small)
Robert Wolcott
Hilary Beane ...
Corrine Updike
Rose Burnhart
Hardy Keith ...
Roscoe Brown
Curt Ayers ...
Gary Cooter
Jennifer Chaplin ...
Melissa Granger


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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They're getting a little behind in their classwork . . . See more »


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3 September 1982 (USA)  »

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The Wiz Kid  »

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The movie poster artist was Michael Backus. He was paid $5,000. The artist's signature appears on the "Zapped!" poster as (1) An 'MJB' monogram on Scott Baio's pink polo shirt (2) a 'Backus' signature on the Gilbert Stewart George Washington portrait and (3) 'Backus' on the ruler flying through the air. It was his first commercial assignment and it launched Backus Studios. See more »


When in the barrels at the amusement park, Robert's hands change position. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002) See more »


King and Queen of Hearts
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Stephen Geyer (as Steve Geyer)
Performed by David Pomeranz
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Funny, in a weird kinda way
21 November 2000 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

It's your basic 80's teen comedy. How can you identify this unique sub-genre? Look for a movie with a good brunette and an evil/bad girl blonde.

Scatman Crothers was probably embarrassed to list this on his resume, but Christopher Aames is actually kinda funny in a few spots: he does a decent Groucho impersonation near the end.

Baio and Schacter have some decent chemistry, and for some odd reason I really like the music. Other then that, it's pretty much a guilty pleasure.

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