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Masterminds (1997)

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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,014,606, 24 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,890,472, 7 September 1997
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The setting of the fictional school is actually Hatley Castle. Sir Patrick Stewart would go on to film the X-Men franchise, which also uses Hatley Castle as Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Deroy: So this vest really works, huh?
Cop: Sure. It's Swiss. It takes any caliber of bullet short of a Howitzer. Try to take it in the chest if you can.
Deroy: Take it in the chest. You're kidding.
Cop: The vest is not nearly as effective if you get shot in the face.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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No Regrets
Written by Phil Vassil & James Mazlen
Performed by Vibrolush
Courtesy of Iguana Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Most fastforwarded movie in a looong time
25 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Apart from laughing my bollocks off at the computer software and the way nobody gets hurt even from stepping on mines, I fastforwarded my way through this movie because nothing in it was even remotely interesting, apart from the odd question marks, such as "why are there rocketlauncher armed dunebuggys in the sewers" and "how did the principal and the kids actually get away" and the ever occurring, my personal favourite, "how come the bad guys always are listening for obscure radio transmissions when they don't even need a radio to begin with". More questionmarks: Why did the sprinkler system only start in the room where they had the computers, and why did they have the valve for it in the sewers? How come there are video outlets for porno channels in the cellar of the school? (Pure video outlets, not RF outlets)


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