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My Science Project (1985)

A high school student and his friend find a strange, orb-like piece of equipment to use as a science project, but must stop it when it begins to threaten mankind.

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Michael Harlan
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Ellie Sawyer
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Vince Latello
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Sherman
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Detective Isadore Nulty
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Lew Harlan
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Dolores
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Bob Roberts
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Irene
Beau Dremann ...
Matusky
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Crystal
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Robert Beer ...
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Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend past, present, and future, its up to Michael and Ellie to stop the orb and save mankind. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Les aventuriers de la 4e dimension  »

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Trivia

In a scene where John Stockwell's character is under his car fixing it, Fisher Stevens says to him: "Ya know, I seen this movie where this haunted car flames guys out.", referring to John Carpenter's Christine (1983) in which Stockwell had a major role. See more »

Goofs

When Micheal and Ellie are talking in the GTO, the passenger side window is up except for camera shots from that side of the car. When Ellie opens the door to leave, the window is down. In the next cut, as she walks away from the car, the window is up. See more »

Quotes

Bob Roberts: You guys skipped my science finals today! Where were you?
Michael Harlan: We got kinda hung up in the auto shop...
Vince Latello: Yeah, in the ozone.
Bob Roberts: In the ozone, Blowzone! Now look, I'm tired of you two. Let me tell you something, unless your science project is dyno-supreme
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Bob Roberts: you both get D's!
Vince Latello: [eagerly] Hey I'll take it!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are shown over still-photos from the film. A couple of the photos are from scenes not included in the film, or alternate takes of scenes used in the film. Also, three brief scenes filmed for the movie but not included in the final cut are shown. The credits end with Vince Latello's smiling mugshot from the film. See more »

Connections

Features Woodstock (1970) See more »

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My Science Project
Words and Music by Bob Held / Michael Colina / Bill Heller
Performed by The Tubes
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This is a great sci-fi film!
20 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My Science Project is a great 80s sci-fi movie about a kid in high school who sneaks into an old air force junkyard and stumbles upon an alien device discarded in a 1950s fallout shelter, and tries to turn it in as his science project. When his teacher, played by Dennis Hopper, finds a way to power the device, he zaps himself into another time dimension and from there, all hell breaks loose. Eventually, the kid and his best friend, played by Fisher Stevens, find themselves battling their way through Roman gladiators, the Viet Cong, post-apocalyptic mutants and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex in each room of their High School as they make their way toward the science hall to deactivate the device and save their town.

Those who criticize the writing and dialogue miss it's depth as it is as much a movie about trust as it is about time travel.

John Stockwell plays a believable high school cool kid who drives a muscle car and hangs out at auto shop. Fisher Stevens plays his hilariously bigoted sidekick buddy Vinnie from Brooklyn. Danielle von Zerneck plays Harlan's (Stockwell) geeky would-be bounce-back girlfriend after his bimbo girlfriend dumps him. Raphael Sbarge plays a hopelessly nerdy librarian that ultimately helps Harlan shut down the device. Dennis Hopper plays an unhinged ex-hippie turned science teacher who gets sent into another dimension but shows up at the end.

The special effects are dated but hold well. That T-Rex looked good! Don't get me wrong, it's no Jurassic Park, but it's no Gumby Claymation dinosaur either. If you can overlook the fact that the alien device looks like something you can buy from Spencer's Gifts and some of the cheesiness that comes with an 80s movie, it's a pretty exciting film.

If your a sci-fi fan, it's definitely worth a look. It's not just a good idea, it's a good movie as well. I loved it.


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