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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles (as Brad Whitford)
Michael MacRae ...
Earl Pastko ...
Michael David Simms ...
Ferret (as David Paul Grove)
Akiko Morison ...


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:

| (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Ozzie: Enjoy the show, Maloney.
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Written by Phil Vassil & James Mazlen
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Die Hard for Kids
26 February 1999 | by (Holland) – See all my reviews

Like Ozzie says when it's getting wrong: 'We have a Die Hard situation'. But its Die Hard for kids, a thousand bullets, without anyone getting hurt, no swearing and no sex. See it on video, it's for anyone above 10 and PG? I think not, parents could be very bored watching this. I myself (28) enjoyed it.

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