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Masterminds (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Thriller, Comedy  |  22 August 1997 (USA)
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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)

Gross:

$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 v.23 modems operate at 1200 baud (1.2k) and were already very outdated by the time of this movie (33.6k) [v.34] was already in wide use.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

Raif Bentley: [after attacking Helen's Jeep] Such a violent society you live in today, Claire. Sad really.
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Connections

References Scream 2 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

What Do I Have To Do?
Written by Christopher Hall / Jim Sellers / Walter Flakus / Andy Kubiszewski
Performed by Stabbing Westward
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Seen the movie several times and love it
13 May 2002 | by (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on cable, and loved it. After that i saw it a few more times, and each time noticed a little someting more new. Adults (over 25) may think of this as a foolish or dull movie, but it was not targeted towards them. It was targeted towards the high schooler who wishes something like this could happen so that he could feel better about himself. Each individual part is very well acted, and adjusted to work with the acting styles of the other actors. The harmony among the actors is impresive to say the least. V. Kartheizer is an actor that very few have heard of, but the work he does is outstanding. If you are looking for a movie to see on a friday night, this is it.


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