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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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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)

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

Kelsey Grammer was the original choice for the villain. See more »

Goofs

One of the yellow vans used by Rafe's men to gain access to the school is seen parked by the front of the school when Ozzie drops off her sister. A couple scenes later this same van makes its entrance to the school when the security guard gets shot with a tranquilizer dart. See more »

Quotes

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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Can't Stand Up
Words by Tim Thomas
Music by Babe The Blue OX
Performed by Babe The Blue OX
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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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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