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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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Jolie Fitch
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Constantine Kiamos
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Darius Bettus
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Matt Kur
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Irwin Flickas
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Paul Kurgan
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Agnieska Maryniarczyk
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Dominik Wesolowski
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Robert Clifford
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Larry Minkoff
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Mrs. Plecki
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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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The real-life Jolie Fitch, who was played by Jena Malone, was interviewed by the press in 2000 (at the time of the release of the movie), noting that she had dropped out of college because she was pregnant. She now works at a department store in the suburbs of Chicago. See more »

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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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Jolie Fitch: Dr. Plecki is amazing. He's a really good teacher.
Darius Bettus: Well, what's he doing here?
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Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley
Performed by Portishead
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conflicted morality
20 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 1994 in a run-down Chicago public high school. Dr. Gerard Plecki (Jeff Daniels) is the hopeful teacher organizing the Academic Decathlon team. The only student who shows up is the plucky Jolie Fitch (Jena Malone). She helps him recruit a ragtag group of diamonds in the rough. They get fifth and advance to state. However, they also see how far behind they are from the favorites. A couple of kids steal a copy of the state test and the group faces a true dilemma.

It's interesting to see the story through the eyes of the cheaters. The characters make convincing arguments but it's also obvious that they are going down the wrong path. This conflicted morality makes this a difficult watch. Jeff Daniels is the senior presence and Jena Malone makes this compelling. The production isn't the highest quality but it works for a TV movie.


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