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Cheaters (2000)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  20 May 2000 (USA)
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Eleven students conspire with their teacher to cheat on an academic competition.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jolie Fitch
Constantine Kiamos
Darius Bettus
Matt Kur
Irwin Flickas
Dan Warry-Smith ...
Paul Kurgan
Anna Raj ...
Agnieska Maryniarczyk
Dominik Podbielski ...
Dominik Wesolowski
Robert Clifford
Larry Minkoff
Lenka Peterson ...
Mrs. Plecki
Jerry Marconi (as Alex Poch Goldin)
Corrine Davis
Joan Isenberg


In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High recruits seven students for an academic decathlon team. They work long hours, preparing for the February regional event, won for ten straight years by a privileged, preppy school. Steinmetz finishes just well enough to be invited to the state meet. When a team member steals a copy of the state test, the teacher and kids face a dilemma: to remain honest, or to cheat and score a victory for kids in underfunded schools. When they do well, they must face a withering barrage of investigations, accusations, lawyers' lies, and reporters' intrusions. Is it all worth it? What lessons does cheating teach? Written by <>

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20 May 2000 (USA)  »

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The film is based upon the events of the infamous Steinmetz Cheating Scandal that took place at the Illinois Academic Decathlon State Championship in 1995, in which the real-life Dr. Gerald Plecki and his seven students did lose to Whitney Young High School at the Regional Decathlon Championship but mysteriously won the State Championship. Later the students were accused of cheating by the State Decathlon Committee, the Department of Education, and Whitney Young (which lost to Steinmetz at the competition). It was eventually discovered that the students did cheat, although several of the students to this day maintain that they did not. See more »


Although the scandal took place in 1995, the bottom of the page of the Chicago Sun-Times that Irwin Flickas is looking at clearly states "Vol. 53 No. 11 2000". See more »


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Is winning everything?
26 July 2001 | by (florida) – See all my reviews

This movie presents a real moral dilemna... should students who have always been thought of as losers take the chance and cheat. The teacher has the toughest decision to make- whether to let his students cheat and what to do if they get caught. Jeff Daniels plays the part well- showing how he is torn- wanting his students to get recognition and wanting to teach them right from wrong. This movie is a very good look at the moral questions we all face in life.

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