IMDb > Real Genius (1985)
Real Genius
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Real Genius (1985) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 16 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Real Genius -- Three brainy college students plot an elaborate revenge when they learn they've been inadvertently working on a secret weapon for the military.

Overview

User Rating:
7.0/10   20,109 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Neal Israel (screenplay)
Neal Israel (story)
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Real Genius on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Real Genius is the writers... See more (120 total) »

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)
Create a character page for: ?

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)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
108 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In 2010, actor William Atherton told "The A.V. Club" that the popcorn used in the final scenes was treated with a flame-retardant chemical and so the crew went to great lengths to guard it against being eaten by birds, which would have died from the contaminant. Atherton also said that even with a machine in the studio dedicated to doing nothing but popping the popcorn, it took three months to pop it all.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the party scene, Chris first puts a blue lei around Mitch's neck and has a red lei in his hand. In the next shot, Mitch is wearing the red lei and Chris is holding the blue lei. Then in the next shot, Mitch is wearing the blue one and Chris is once again holding the red one.See more »
Quotes:
[to Chris]
Mitch:You have to get even with Jerry Hathaway. "It's a moral imperative."
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Walls Come DownSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Real Genius is the writers..., 3 September 1998
Author: Gislef from Iowa City, IA

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.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (120 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Real Genius (1985)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
So let me get this straight. eightdayweek
Is that Tom Hanks... evanevan
Tom Hanks uncredited cameo d2-d4
Sarah Jessica Parker is really Mitch? cdogg2001
Favorite Scenes! Madness832
Actual events in Caltech? lesterpn
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Dark Matter Spider-Man 2 The War of the Worlds A Beautiful Mind Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.