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Real Genius (1985)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  7 August 1985 (USA)
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Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser.

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A group of young, brilliant students develop a high-powered laser that's stolen by the government.

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Mitch Taylor (as Gabe Jarret)
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Jordan
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Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)
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Sherry Nugil
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David Decker
Charles Shull ...
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Charles Parks ...
Larry
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Boy at Science Fair
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Mitch is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He's partnered up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyper-kinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius is. When their final, functional laser is stolen by their teacher for a military weapon, they decide to get even. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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laser | weapon | genius | professor | student | See more »

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Who ELSE can turn lasers into light shows, aircraft into armchairs, and high-tech into hijinks? See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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7 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Academia de genios  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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The math professor portrayed in the movie is played by Dr. Martin Gundersen, who is actually a physics professor at the University of Southern California. See more »

Goofs

The false IDs used by Chris and Mitch to enter March AFB are shown as DD Form 2A - which is an identification card for military personnel (one of them is shown to have a pay grade of "O-1" - for the Air Force, that's a Second Lieutenant. Chris tells the gate guard that "Someday you might be in the private sector, too" - but if they're covered as military officers, they're not "private sector" personnel With a DD2A, they'd also have had an easier time getting through the gate in uniform, rather than in civvies. See more »

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Announcer: The Crossbow Project. There's No Defense Like a Good Offense.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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You Took Advantage of Me
Performed by Carmen McRae
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Terrific nostalgia trip down 80s memory lane - loved it!
13 November 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Had very fond memories of this film as a kid in the 80s. Still holds up even today. DVD widescreen format shows off how well directed this movie is. Val Kilmer is terrific as the genius slacker hero. The whole cast gel well together, and the dialogue is very sharp and well-written (reminded me of TV show Scrubs in places). Had me laughing out loud in many places - rare for a modern version like American Pie. Lots of tasty 80s musical montages scattered throughout. Something really likable and positive about this movie, leaves you feeling really good at the end. Highly recommended - really hasn't dated at all. An enjoyable trip down 80s memory lane!


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