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Real Genius (1985)

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.

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Mitch Taylor (as Gabe Jarret)
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Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)
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Shuttle Pilot
Daniel Ades ...
Laser Ray Victim
Andres Aybar ...
Bartender
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Charles Shull ...
Air Force General
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George
Charles Parks ...
Larry
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Boy at Science Fair
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Mitch Taylor is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyperkinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius means. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the military for use as a weapon, they decide to get even. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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When he gets mad, he doesn't get even... he gets creative. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Academia de genios  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The recurrence of the initials "DEI" in the movie is no accident. The truck that is used to transport the popcorn to Dr. Hathaway's new house has "Drain Experts Inc." emblazoned on its side. The company Chris interviews with at the beginning (and which funds Dr. Hathaway's show "Everything") is Darlington Electronic Instruments. The initials are rumored to have been inscribed by Caltech alumni at (among other places) the summit of Everest, on the moon and on many satellites and space probes manufactured at Jet Propulsion Labs (which sits just up the hill from Caltech in Pasadena). There has long been an unofficial contest to see who could place the letters DEI into the most prominent public view. Their placement in this film was with the full complicity of director Martha Coolidge and her Caltech advisor, David Marvit. See more »

Goofs

When the front door of Jerry's house is burst open from the popcorn joke, popcorn is already visible on the porch next to the door. In this scene, new popcorn falls into the exact same position (indicating previous takes). See more »

Quotes

Announcer: The Crossbow Project. There's No Defense Like a Good Offense.
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Connections

Referenced in Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.52 (2016) See more »

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When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
Written by Wayne Brathwaite, Barry Eastmond, Mutt Lange and Billy Ocean
Performed by Billy Ocean
Courtesy of Jive
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A smart film
19 January 1999 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

First off: This is an 80s movie. It contains within it certain aspects of the 80s film genre which may cause you to cringe. A youthful, innocent boy gets corrupted by the feckless rebel; a vicious adult has his own agenda; boy gets seduced by teenage girl who may or may not be the current sex symbol. All generalizations aside, the roles in this movie are well-written and well-played. Val Kilmer is at his absolute best, William Atherton is as sly as Jeffrey Jones is oafish in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." The supporting heroine is annoying and unneeded, but who needs her when you've got Jonathan Gries to laugh at? All-around fun and plenty of one-liners that'll have you wishing you could be so witty.


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