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Director:
Writers:
Neal Israel (screenplay)
Neal Israel (story)
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Release Date:
7 August 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Who ELSE can turn lasers into light shows, aircraft into armchairs, and high-tech into hijinks? See more »
Plot:
Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Val Kilmer ... Chris Knight

Gabriel Jarret ... Mitch Taylor (as Gabe Jarret)

Michelle Meyrink ... Jordan

William Atherton ... Prof. Jerry Hathaway

Jon Gries ... Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)

Patti D'Arbanville ... Sherry Nugil

Stacy Peralta ... Shuttle Pilot
Daniel Ades ... Laser Ray Victim
Andres Aybar ... Bartender
Louis Giambalvo ... Maj. Carnagle

Ed Lauter ... David Decker
Charles Shull ... Air Force General

Beau Billingslea ... George
Charles Parks ... Larry

Sean Frye ... Boy at Science Fair

JoAnn Willette ... Girl at Science Fair
Ina Gould ... Old Lady
Nadine Vix ... Student at Science Fair

Paul Tulley ... Mr. Taylor

Joanne Baron ... Mrs. Taylor
Chip Johnson ... Darlington Recruiter
Monte Landis ... Dr. Dodd

Sandy Martin ... Mrs. Meredith
Severn Darden ... Dr. Meredith

Randy Lowell ... Cornell (as Randolph Dreyfuss)

Robert Prescott ... Kent

John Shepherd Reid ... Carter
Tommy Swerdlow ... Bodie (as Tom Swerdlow)
Mark Kamiyama ... 'Ick' Ikagami
Martin Gundersen ... Math Professor
Brett Miller ... Carpet Man

Dean Devlin ... Milton

Yuji Okumoto ... Fenton
Lynda Wiesmeier ... Chris' Girl at Party
Penny Baker ... Ick's Girl at Party
Marcia Karr ... Cornell's Girl at Party
Isabelle Walker ... Girl at Party

Marii Mak ... Girl at Party
Cheri Wells ... Girl at Party
Catherine MacNamara ... Girl at Party
John Vasily ... Student
Ed Garrabrandt ... TV Makeup Man
Isabel Cooley ... TV Stage Manager
Robin Stober ... Waitress

Deborah Foreman ... Susan Decker
David Marvit ... Student in Hall
Michael Crabtree ... Air Force SP at Gate
Charles Sweigart ... Air Force SP at Gate

Peter Parros ... Air Force SP at Gate
Ronald Taylor ... Computer Technician
James Carrington ... Air Force Major
Michael Backes ... Air Force Controller
Corki Grazer ... Air Force Sergeant
Jeanne Mori ... Laser Technician
David Ursin ... Engineer
Joe Dorsey ... Congressman Dougton
Will Knox ... Laser Specialist
Kevin Hurley ... Air Force Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert J. Woodhead ... Hacking Consultant
Helen Kelly ... Party Guest (uncredited)
David Monterosso ... Student In Cafeteria (uncredited)

Joy Michelle Moore ... Party Girl on Surfboard (uncredited)

Tom Tangen ... Student on Ice Skates (uncredited)

Directed by
Martha Coolidge 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Neal Israel  screenplay
Neal Israel  story
Pat Proft  screenplay
Pat Proft  story
Pj Torokvei 

Produced by
Sam Crespi-Horowitz .... associate producer
Robert Daley .... executive producer
Brian Grazer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Chew 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Josan F. Russo 
 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson  (as Philip Abramson)
 
Costume Design by
Marla Denise Schlom  (as Marla D. Schlom)
 
Makeup Department
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist (as Zoltan)
Edie Panda .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Billy Ray Smith .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen McEveety .... first assistant director (as Steve McEveety)
Joseph Paul Moore .... second assistant director (as Joseph P. Moore)
Mike Schilz .... third assistant director (as Michael J Schulz)
 
Art Department
Erin M. Cummins .... set designer
David L. Glazer .... assistant property master
Jim Husbands .... leadman
Steven Wolff .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Anna Boorstin .... sound editor
George Budd .... sound designer
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor (as Virginia A. Cook)
Julia Evershade .... supervising sound editor
Roxanne Jones .... sound editor (as Roxanne R. Jones)
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Carl Lewis .... sound editor
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Christy Richmond .... assistant sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Greg Rudloff)
John Vigran .... sound recording consultant
Paul C. Warschilka .... assistant sound editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects coordinator (as Philip C. Cory)
Rocky Gehr .... special effects technician
Raymond Klein .... special effects crew (as Raymond J. Klein)
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician
Robert Rowan .... special effects crew
Ray Svedin .... special effects crew
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects crew
Jerry D. Williams .... special effects crew
Hans Metz .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Richard L. Bennett .... visual effects supervisor (as Richard Bennett)
Ernie Cervantes .... visual effects crew
Syd Dutton .... special visual effects
Dale Fay .... visual effects crew
Michael Karp .... visual effects crew
Marc Kolodziejcyk .... visual effects crew
David Stipes .... visual effects supervisor
Bill Taylor .... special visual effects
Dana O'Connor .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kenny Alexander .... stunts
Cynthia Lea Clark .... stunt driver
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Kenny Ferrugiaro .... stunts
Linda Lee Franklin .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunts
David M. Graves .... stunts (as David Michael Graves)
Marian Green .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunts (as Bernhard Pock)
Debby Porter .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunt coordinator (as Ed Ulrich)
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunts (as Ed Ulrich)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin J. Campbell .... electrical gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
John J. Connor .... camera operator
Frederick Elmes .... photographer: second unit
Robert Jason .... electrical best boy (as Robert E. Jason)
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
Robert Samuels .... second assistant camera (as Robert B. Samuels)
William D. Barber .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Montoya .... grip (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... on-set technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jill Simpson .... casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Deborah Cichocki .... assistant editor (as Deborah Zimmerman)
Arthur Coburn .... additional editor
Albert Coleman .... first assistant editor
Alexandra Leviloff .... second assistant film editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
Bill Wilner .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music supervisor (as Becky Mancuso)
Michael Papale .... music supervisor
Timothy R. Sexton .... executive in charge of music
 
Other crew
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Ron Cobb .... laser technology
Brad Dechter .... source arrangements
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Judith Gill .... production coordinator
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager
Jan Walker .... assistant to producer
Robert J. Woodhead .... hacking consultant
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
108 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Mitch rides the cart into the steam tunnels, the viewer briefly sees the quotation, "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" scrawled on the left wall. These are the original words of German poet 'Friedrich Schiller (I)'. Relevant to the film, Isaac Asimov named three separate stories "Against Stupidity", "The Gods Themselves" and "Contend in Vain". He later combined them into a 1972 science-fiction novel about a conspiracy by aliens who inhabit a parallel universe with different physical laws than ours, and who are trying to turn our sun into a supernova in order to collect the resulting energy for their use.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: They speak of increasing laser output by "an order of magnitude" to 6 megawatts. While they are currently at 5 MW, the increase referred to an earlier model which was presumably operating at around .6 MW.See more »
Quotes:
Darlington Recruiter:You *are* Chris Knight, aren't you?
Chris Knight:I hope so. I'm wearing his underwear.
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Movie Connections:
Features Food Fight (1982) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Walls Come DownSee more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A smart film, 19 January 1999
Author: Matt Stallworth from Atlanta, GA

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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