Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser.

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Stars: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing
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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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Laser Ray Victim
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Maj. Carnagle
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David Decker
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Charles Parks ...
Larry
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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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It's yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility. See more »

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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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In 2010, actor William Atherton told "The A.V. Club" that the popcorn used in the final scenes was treated with a flame-retardant chemical and so the crew went to great lengths to guard it against being eaten by birds, which would have died from the contaminant. Atherton also said that even with a machine in the studio dedicated to doing nothing but popping the popcorn, it took three months to pop it all. See more »

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Kent smudges the optic lens to sabotage it, but the smudge is different later in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Professor Hathaway: When you first started at Pacific Tech you were well on your way to becoming another Einstein and then you know what happened?
Chris Knight: I got a haircut?
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References The Monkees (1966) See more »

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Standing in Line
Performed by The Textones
Courtesy of Gold Mountain / A&M Records
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A High IQ version of Animal House
13 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This movie is in the genre of Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds but features a cast of geniuses working on a laser, with one of the professors and his minions being the opposition.

It is in my top 10 films of all time list.

The humorous dialog goes on between ALL the characters but Val Kilmer has center stage even though the story seems to be about Mitch, the new 15 year old, premature college geek.

It is a magical movie that can truly lift your spirits if you are depressed. You can watch it over and over again because its power is not so much in the story but in the superb and genuinely captivating interaction between Val Kilmer and the rest of the cast.


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