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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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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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Trivia

The film made only 76 pounds on it's UK cinema release, making it the lowest box-office taking of 1998. 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

Raif Bentley: Now children, you may see men walking around the halls with machine guns, but really you need not worry. They're just pretend.
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References Die Hard (1988) 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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Seen the movie several times and love it
13 May 2002 | by 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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