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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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Sherry Nugil
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Shuttle Pilot
Daniel Ades ...
Laser Ray Victim
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Bartender
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Major Carnagle
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David Decker
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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MEET CHRIS KNIGHT, THE EINSTEIN OF THE '80'S. He can turn the simple into the simply amazing, and now he turns revenge into high comedy. 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 (USA)
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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 scene where Chris is cutting dry ice coins for the vending machine, a fire extinguisher on the wall behind Mitch is seen in some shots but not others. However, a student can been seen removing the extinguisher, but it happens very quickly. See more »

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Chris Knight: Kent puts his name on his license plate.
Mitch: My mom does the same thing to my underwear.
Chris Knight: Your mom puts license plates in your underwear? How do you sit?
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Features Food Fight (1982) See more »

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Number One
Written by Chaz Jankel, Ian Dury and Norman Watt-Roy
Performed by Chaz Jankel
Courtesy of A&M Records
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Bright examination of youth and intelligence
8 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

It is unfortunate that Val Kilmer so quickly "graduated" from the realm of youth oriented roles, as his work in Real Genius is by far the most enjoyable to watch. Kilmer proves adept at excellent comic timing, and he is given a motherlode of razor-sharp one-liners to fire off in every scene (I speculate that writer Pat Proft enjoyed watching The Marx Brothers in his formative years). Chief drawback of this film is the hammy, sneering villain played by Atherton -- as the old saying goes, just give him a mustache to twirl. But if you happened to see the film as a young person, the above-mentioned won't get in the way of your fond memories. I sure know that every time I see that slow-motion romp through the popcorn and hear Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," ramp up on the soundtrack, my cynicism just melts away.


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