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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)  »

Also Known As:

Smart Alec  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,890,472 (USA) (5 September 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film made only £76 on it's UK cinema release, making it the lowest box office taking of 1998. 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 v.23 modems operate at 1200 baud (1.2k) and were already very outdated by the time of this movie (33.6k) [v.34] was already in wide use.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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Connections

References Die Hard (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Wings
Written by M. Bessemer, D. McClean, A. White, M. Hooten, B. McQuaid
Performed by Ethyline
Courtesy of Edel America Records/Wild West Records
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Technologically literate teen comedy
30 March 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All right, the plot IS stupid. There are, however, very few films that treat computer work and technology at all well, even fewer show a realistic malcontent teen as a hero, and both Stewart and Kartheiser do an excellent job within the limits of the material.


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