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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Putting The System To The Test



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Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Farsa  »

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Did You Know?


Director John Stockwell and the film's producers hired a private investigator to track down the real Dr. Gerald Plecki. It took nearly half a year to convince Plecki to sell his rights and become involved in the production. See more »


At one point, 'Jeff Daniels' accidentally refers to 'Agnieska Maryniarczyk' as 'Anna,' the real name of the actress playing the character. Anna Raj. See more »


Dr. Gerald Plecki: You wanna know why you should do this?
Paul Kurgan: Course we're gonna embarrass ourselves in front of the entire city?
Dr. Gerald Plecki: Because no one thinks you can. Because you don't think you can.
Paul Kurgan: Sir, we know we can't.
Jolie Fitch: Speak for yourself.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »


Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley
Performed by Portishead
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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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