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 ...
Mr. Springboro
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Mrs. Springboro (as Marya Small)
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Robert Wolcott
Hilary Beane ...
Corrine Updike
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Rose Burnhart
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Hardy Keith ...
Roscoe Brown
Curt Ayers ...
Art
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Gary Cooter
Jennifer Chaplin ...
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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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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3 September 1982 (USA)  »

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$16,897,768 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

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A body double was used in place of Heather Thomas' in the sweater popping scene. You can clearly see dark hair of the double over the front of her shoulders. Thomas is blonde. See more »

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Paperboy: Barney bonehead.
Barney Springboro: Up yours.
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Crazy Credits

A double was used for Miss Thomas in her nude scene and in the photograph. The closing credits declare that "a [body] double was used for Miss Thomas [Heather Thomas] in her nude scene and in the photograph" but the person who body doubled is not credited in the movie billings. See more »

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Referenced in Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Shoot the Moon
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Stephen Geyer (as Steve Geyer)
Performed by Plain Jane
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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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