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Cheaters (2000)

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

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Constantine Kiamos
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Darius Bettus
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Paul Kurgan
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Larry Minkoff
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Jerry Marconi (as Alex Poch Goldin)
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Corrine Davis
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Joan Isenberg
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Putting The System To The Test

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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20 May 2000 (USA)  »

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During filming, director John Stockwell and his production crew discovered that they were prohibited from entering the real-life Steinmetz High School just to film on location in the building. Therefore, even though they were unwelcomed and uninvited on the campus grounds, they managed to film the outside front of the building. Most of the filming took place inside a Toronto high school, which was used in place of the real school. See more »

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When Dr. Plecki and the students are watching "Stand and Deliver" at his house, the scenes from that movie are shown out of order in "Cheaters". See more »

Quotes

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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Features Stand and Deliver (1988) See more »

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Look Who's Perfect Now
Written by Gary Clark, Eric Pressly, Keely Hawkes
Performed by Transister
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under License From Universal Music Special Markets/Virgin Records Ltd.
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"Isn't Cheating Wrong?"
4 March 2005 | by (Manila, Philippines) – See all my reviews

What I absolutely loved about this movie is the fact that it displays a genuine moral dilemma without necessarily preaching anything. It doesn't provide viewers a standpoint for moral ascendancy, instead, the viewers get the pleasure of interpreting the situation, thus gaining that threshold for ascendancy.

I'd say the film did play out a bias, and the bias was in favor of the students from Steimetz High. I'd say that it is rather a fair bias, because it is rare to see the cheaters as the protagonist. Amidst this, they weren't portrayed as the over-glamorized heroes that will promote a cheating society. What John Stockwell did was to give us a dose of reality, an arena for sympathize with cheaters, at the same time, displaying the consequences of the human act.

I love the mixture of documentary footages. Opening Credits was awesome, wherein there were raw footage in grainy stock of actual American high school. It played greatly on the emotional framework that the film worked on and I'm so glad my parents were able to find a copy of the film on DVD.


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