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Masterminds (1997)

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Trapped in a school which a gang of criminals has siezed control, a young troublemaker fights a cat and mouse battle from inside.

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Storyline

Oz, a rebellious teenager who just got expelled from his preppy school returns for one final prank. But as he goes to the basement to set things up, he stumbles upon a security consultant, former school employee, that just took the entire school hostage for millions in ransom. Oz must rely on his youth and love for pranks to outwit the devious criminal mastermind. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The criminal mastermind of the century just met his match...


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Rated PG-13 for violence included in a children hostage situation, and for language | See all certifications »
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22 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Smart Alec  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,014,606 (USA) (22 August 1997)

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$1,890,472 (USA) (5 September 1997)
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Trivia

When Patrick Stewart's character makes his first appearance, he asks Principal Maloney to call him by his first name, "Raif," to which she immediately replies "Fine." This is a reference to the actor Ralph Fiennes, whose name is pronounced "Raif Fine." See more »

Goofs

Oz's computer is shown to be downloading at 115200 baud over a dialup modem. Not only is this not possible (dialup topped out at 33.6/56k), but the modem shown is v.23. v.23 modems operate at 1200 baud (1.2k) and were already very outdated by the time of this movie (33.6k) [v.34] was already in wide use. See more »

Quotes

Maloney: I hope they fry you, Bentley!
Raif Bentley: [while dancing] Oh, I'll be frying, Claire, under the hot tropical sun!
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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completely silly, but kinda cool
17 March 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

We've seen movies about crafty teenagers playing a cat-and-mouse game with thieves so many times that it all gets blurred. But "Masterminds" is pretty entertaining. When shyster Rafe Bentley (a mustachioed Patrick Stewart) takes a school hostage, troublemaker Oswald Paxton (Vincent Kartheiser) decides to make Rafe's life a living hell. In a way, the movie is mostly a series of gags, but well done gags. This movie probably won't have any major effect on the cinematic landscape, but it doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't. It's pure, unadulterated fun.

Maybe if thieves ever take over a place, I'll just use some of the gags that I learned from "Masterminds".


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