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9 August 1985 (USA) See more »
The funniest sci-fi movie of the summer. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Stockwell ... Michael Harlan

Danielle von Zerneck ... Ellie Sawyer

Fisher Stevens ... Vince Latello

Raphael Sbarge ... Sherman

Richard Masur ... Detective Isadore Nulty

Barry Corbin ... Lew Harlan

Ann Wedgeworth ... Dolores

Dennis Hopper ... Bob Roberts

Candace Silvers ... Irene
Beau Dremann ... Matusky
Pat Simmons ... Crystal

John Vidor ... Jock #1
Vincent Barbour ... Jock #2
Jaime Alba ... Jock #3
Robert Beer ... President Eisenhower
John Carter ... General
Cameron Young ... General's Aide
Noel Conlon ... Secret Service Man
Jackson Bostwick ... Sentry

Robert DoQui ... Desk Sergeant
Elven Havard ... Fireman
Linda Hoy ... Librarian
Robin Allyn ... Ellie's Friend

Michael Berryman ... Mutant #1
Chuck Hemingway ... Coy

Pamela Springsteen ... Hall Monitor / Ellie's Friend
Matt Hoelscher ... Preppie
Jack O'Leary ... Sentry at Air Force Guardhouse
Clare Peck ... Policewoman
Joel Harrison ... Wino
Ann Culotta ... Trucker's Wife
Hank Calia ... Neanderthal Man
Scott Bailey Spangler ... Guard #2 at Air Force Guardhouse

Frank Welker ... Aliens (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dawna Lee Heising ... Sorceress

Al Leong ... Vietnamese Soldier (uncredited)
Lyza Reese ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan R. Betuel 
Writing credits
Jonathan R. Betuel (written by)

Produced by
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... associate producer
Jonathan T. Taplin .... producer (as Jonathan Taplin)
Original Music by
Peter Bernstein 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carroll Timothy O'Meara  (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
Casting by
Bill Shepard 
Production Design by
David L. Snyder 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
Costume Design by
Betsy Jones 
Makeup Department
Lance Anderson .... makeup effects
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist (as Zoltan)
K.G. Ramsey .... hair stylist (as Ramsey)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup supervisor
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
David B. Miller .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carole Keligian .... second assistant director
Mike Schilz .... dga trainee (as Michael Schilz)
Jerry Sobul .... first assistant director
Art Department
Nigel A. Boucher .... leadman
Tom Cranham .... production illustrator
Stephen Dane .... assistant art director
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator
Martin A. Kline .... production illustrator (as Marty Kline)
Paul S. Power .... storyboard artist (as Paul Power)
David Q. Quick .... property master (as David Quick)
Sound Department
Wayne Allwine .... sound editor
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer (as Thomas Gerard)
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist (as Paul L. Holzborn)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects
James J. Isaacs .... sound editor
Andy MacDonald .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Maguire .... adr editor
Edward Malone .... assistant sound editor
Colin C. Mouat .... supervising sound editor
Joe Parker .... sound editor
George Probert .... sound editor
B. Scott Senechal .... production sound (as Scott Senechal)
James E. Webb .... production sound (as Jim Webb)
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Burnett .... T-Rex crew
Gary D'Amico .... special effects
Tony Gardner .... T-Rex crew
Tom Hester .... special effects: T-Rex crew
Michael Lantieri .... mechanical effects
Hans Metz .... special effects foreman
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant: post production
Brian Tipton .... special effects: first unit
Visual Effects by
John Aardal .... photographic effects
Peter Anderson .... visual effects supervisor
William L. Arance .... effects animator (as Bill Arance)
Ed Austin .... photographic effects
Esther Barr .... effects animator (as Ester Barr)
Michael Bishop .... photographic effects
Christine Blum .... effects animator (as Christine Harding)
Chris Casady .... effects animator
Glenn Chaika .... effects animator
Craig Clark .... special effects animator
Ed Coffey .... effects animator
Clint Colver .... animation photography supervisor
Barry Cook .... effects animator
Oscar Fatur .... photographic effects
Michael L. Fink .... special lighting effects consultant (as Michael Fink)
Gail Fox .... effects animator
Carl Frith .... matte unit
Bernie Gagliano .... photographic effects
Rusty Geller .... photographic effects
John Godden .... photographic effects
Allen Gonzales .... photographic effects
Peter Gullerud .... effects animator
Don Henry .... matte unit
Robert Hill .... photographic effects
Jeff Howard .... effects animator
Phil Huff .... photographic effects (as Philip Huff)
Katherine Kean .... additional animator: Available Light Ltd.
Christopher Keith .... animation camera coordinator
Gayl Kelm .... photographic effects (as Gayl Venturelli)
Dick Kendall .... matte unit (as Richard Kendall)
Bill Kilduff .... optical effects supervisor (as William Kilduff)
Kim Knowlton .... effects animator (as Kimberly Knowlton)
Candace Lewis .... additional animator: Available Light Ltd.
Michael Lloyd .... supervising matte artist
Tim McHugh .... matte unit
Phil Meador .... photographic effects supervisor (as Philip Meador)
Bob Mills .... photographic effects (as Robert Mills)
Richard Mosier .... visual effects supervisor
Francis O'Connell .... photographic effects
Ron Osenbaugh .... photographic effects
Joe Parra .... photographic effects
Mike Peed .... photographic effects (as Michael Peed)
Jim Pickel .... photographic effects
Roger Redel .... photographic effects
Forrest Reed .... photographic effects (as Forest Reed)
Richard Rippel .... photographic effects
Scott Santoro .... effects animator
John Scheele .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Scifo .... matte artist
Joseph Thomas .... ink and paint/animation cameraman: Available Light Ltd.
Gary Trousdale .... effects animator
Greg Van der Veer .... optical effects supervisor (as Gregory Van Der Veer)
John T. Van Vliet .... animation designer and supervisor (as John Van Vliet)
Neil Viker .... photographic effects
Byron Werner .... additional animator: Available Light Ltd.
John White .... photographic effects
Robert Wilson .... photographic effects
Bruce Woodside .... effects animator
Michael Adams .... stunts
Alonzo Brown Jr. .... stunts
John Cade .... stunts
Michael Cassidy .... stunts
Larry Duran .... stunts
David M. Graves .... stunts (as David Michael Graves)
Tracy Hutchinson .... stunts
Max Kleven .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunts
Walt La Rue .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Al Leong .... stunts
Anderson Martin .... stunts
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Bill Saito .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Eddie Wong .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin G. Beazell .... second assistant camera (as G. Martin Beazell)
Danny Boldroff .... dolly grip (as Danny E. Boldroff)
Robert Edesa .... camera operator (as Bob Edesa)
Norman Harris .... lighting gaffer
Harold Hathaway .... lamp operator
Ron Kenyon .... best boy
Hugh Langtry .... grip
Richard Moran .... key grip
Michael Nash .... first assistant camera (as Michael S. Nash)
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer (as Ralph B. Nelson)
Bruton Peterson .... lamp operator
Robert Wilhoit .... lamp operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susie S. McEveety .... costumer
Jack Sandeen .... costume department supervisor
Don Vargas .... costumer
Editorial Department
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant editor
Lynne Bailey Smith .... assistant editor
Location Management
Rolf Darbo .... location manager
Music Department
Alf Clausen .... orchestrator (as Alf Claussen)
Jay Lawton .... music supervisor
Brian Mann .... orchestrator
Joel Rosenbaum .... orchestrator
Curtis Roush .... music editor
David Spear .... orchestrator
Other crew
Faye Brenner .... script supervisor
Anastasia St. Amand .... assistant to producer
Robert Wait .... assistant: Mr. Betuel
Robert Werden .... unit publicist (as Bob Werden)
Julianna Arenson .... production estimator (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
94 min | West Germany:80 min (video)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Iceland:12 | Norway:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (video)

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: Vinnie is able to easily lift and carry a battery-block that appears to be the equivalent of 3 car batteries (obvious prop).See more »
General:Get rid of it.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Godzilla (1954)See more »
Fish Cheer and I-Feel-Like-I'm Fixin' to Die RagSee more »


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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Great, strange, quirky film, 13 August 2002
Author: Agent10 from Tucson, AZ

Sadly, My Science Project was a very big risk that seems to transcend it's teen film genre. While people will cite better time-travel themed movies like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Back o the Future, this one will certainly stand on its own due to the Twilight Zone quality of it. Great visuals, great idea, and the story didn't try to insult it's audience by making the story painfully obvious.

I especially liked Mike's character, a kind of good guy that was a diamond stuck in the pond scum. Unfortunately, his entire performance was stepped on by Fisher Steven's over the top performance. Dennis Hopper made a perfect cameo performance that really fit his bi-polar acting style.

While this film won't be considered one of the elite teen films of the 1980s like The Breakfast Club, Bill and Ted, River's Edge, Say Anything, Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but it will fit comfortably with the silver medalists of that area, much like Can't Buy Me love, The Wraith and Three O'Clock High. A great film for teen movie aficionados.

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