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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.

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

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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

Irwin Flickas: It was a multiple choice test. Nobody told me you could only pick one answer!
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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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