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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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7 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Academia de genios  »

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$13,000,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Martha Coolidge said of this movie: "The audience has a kind of sixth sense, they know when they're being lied to. I was taken by the story from the start; I'm fascinated by science. But I knew that to make the comedy work - and the characters worth caring about - we had to do our homework". 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 »

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Dr. Meredith: A bit of advice...
Mitch: Oh, uh, thank you...
Dr. Meredith: Always... no, no... never... forget to check your references.
Mitch: Uh... ok... thank you. I'd better be going.
[leaves]
Dr. Meredith: [to his wife] I think the young people enjoy it when I "get down" verbally, don't you?
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Standing in Line
Performed by The Textones
Courtesy of Gold Mountain / A&M Records
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Terrific nostalgia trip down 80s memory lane - loved it!

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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