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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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Laser Ray Victim
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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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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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7 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Academia de genios  »

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$13,000,000
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Some movie posters for the film featured long text preambles that read: "MEET CHRIS KNIGHT, THE EINSTEIN OF THE '80's. When his professor steals his prize invention, he turns revenge into high comedy. When he gets mad, he doesn't get even . . . he gets creative. REAL GENIUS" and "MEET CHRIS KNIGHT, THE EINSTEIN OF THE '80's. He can turn lasers into light shows, armchairs into aircraft, and high tech into high jinks. But when his professor steals his prize invention, he turns revenge into high comedy. REAL GENIUS. When he gets mad, he doesn't get even . . . he gets creative". See more »

Goofs

In the end credits, the name of the Hewlett-Packard company is misspelled as "Hewlitt-Packard". See more »

Quotes

Roy: Our studies indicate the weapon is totally useless in warfare.
David Decker: It's not intended for use in your kind of warfare, Roy. It's the perfect peacetime weapon. That's why it's secret.
Man: So it's both immoral *and* unethical?
David Decker: Yes.
[they all laugh]
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You're the Only Love
Performed by Paul Hyde and the Payolas
Courtesy of A&M Records
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The Real Genius is the writers...
3 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

This movie is an incredible display of verbal byplay, interplay, and foreplay, and Pat Proft (of Naked Gun and Hot Shots fame) writes some of the funniest dialogue ever. But give credit to Val Kilmer: he hits every line perfectly (see lots and lots of Quotes). Even the minor characters get their moment in the spotlight, and the plot isn't dumbed down for the audience. If this isn't what happens at M.I.T. and similar institutes, you wish it did...and that you could sign up. Only Gabriel Jarrett comes across as a bit weak, but the rest of the cast bolsters him up.


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