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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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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...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence included in a children hostage situation, and for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Smart Alec  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film made only £76 on it's UK cinema release, making it the lowest box office taking of 1998. See more »


When Bentley grabs the bug from Foster, he yells, "What the hell is this? Foster!" When it shows his face, and he is supposed to be saying, " - the hell is this?" he is just saying, "Foster!" See more »


Maloney: What is going on? Raif, do something!
Raif Bentley: I am, Claire. I'm taking over your school.
Maloney: What?
Raif Bentley: I could hardly make myself clearer.
Maloney: Why? Why would you do such a thing?
Raif Bentley: Why does anyone do anything in this country, Claire? Money~.
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Written and Performed by Tumbleweed
Courtesy of Polydor Records Australia
Under license from PolyGram Pty Limited
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Action and violence w/o any deaths
21 May 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

One of the things I liked about MASTERMINDS, and parents will probably like this too, is that there is lots of shooting and explosions and all kinds of action. But the body count continuously remains at zero! Like someone said before, this is DIE HARD for kids. (It follows almost the exact plotline)

Overall, great movie, especially for kids 10-15.


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