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Cheaters (2000)

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



Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Constantine Kiamos
Matt Kur
Anna Raj ...
Agnieska Maryniarczyk
Dominik Podbielski ...
Robert Clifford
Larry Minkoff
Mrs. Plecki
Jerry Marconi (as Alex Poch Goldin)
Corrine Davis


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 »




Release Date:

20 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La grande triche  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Darius Bettus: Well, if we could get the tests, I'm sure Whitney Young has them too.
Jolie Fitch: Of course they do. Doesn't the decathlon have their offices at Whitney Young? I mean, you do the math.
Dominik Wesolowski: So, two wrongs would make a right?
Darius Bettus: No. Two wrongs make it even.
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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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"Isn't Cheating Wrong?"
4 March 2005 | by 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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