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Writer (WGA):
John Stockwell (written by)
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Release Date:
20 May 2000 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Putting The System To The Test
Plot:
Eleven students conspire with their teacher to cheat on an academic competition. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Jeff Daniels ... Dr. Gerard Plecki

Jena Malone ... Jolie Fitch

Paul Sorvino ... Constantine Kiamos

Luke Edwards ... Darius Bettus

Blake Heron ... Matt Kur

Dov Tiefenbach ... Irwin Flickas
Dan Warry-Smith ... Paul Kurgan
Anna Raj ... Agnieska Maryniarczyk
Dominik Podbielski ... Dominik Wesolowski

Ned Eisenberg ... Robert Clifford

Robert Joy ... Larry Minkoff
Lenka Peterson ... Mrs. Plecki

Alex Poch-Goldin ... Jerry Marconi (as Alex Poch Goldin)

Karen Glave ... Corrine Davis

Marcia Bennett ... Joan Isenberg
Ed Wadley ... Statistician
Jackie Richardson ... Mrs. Fadely
Jeff A. Wright ... Josh Haden (as Jeff Wright)

Karyn Dwyer ... Angela Lam
Joan Esposito ... WNBC Reporter
Dan Duran ... Correspondent at Steinmetz
Christopher Bondy ... State Competition MC (as Chris Bondy)
Vic Cummings ... Regionals MC
Jordan Hughes ... Kid Stealing Test
Sandi Stahlbrand ... USAD Announcer
Monika Kowalczuk ... Agnieska's Mother

Bill Lake ... Steinmetz Coach
J.C. Kenny ... Reporter Outside Steinmetz
Nicola Kelly ... Hollywood Producer
Ree Andrews ... Whitney Young Team Member #1

Yank Azman ... Tribune Reporter #2

Boyd Banks ... State Speech Judge
Carla Bennett ... Whitney Young Cheerleader #1
Catherine Blythe ... Reporter #1
Steve Brinder ... Talk Show Producer
Katherine Caldwell ... Whitney Young Cheerleader #2
Elio Campbell ... Whitney Young Teacher #1
Tina Campbell ... Whitney Young Cheerleader #3
Kerry-Ann Chabot ... Whitney Young Team Member #2
Bill Chernin ... Whitney Young Teacher #2

K.C. Collins ... Kid with Walkman (as Chris Collins)
Justin Croxen ... Vice Lord
Vie Delandro ... Girl with Newspaper
Bobby Del Rio ... Free Food Kid
Lynne Deragon ... Gloria Abrams

Sava Drayton ... Whitney Young Team Member #3
Dan Gallagher ... Paul's Father
Melody Garrett ... D. Sharon Grant
Ashleigh Gillan ... Whitney Young Team Member #4
Tchastoni Goodridge ... Girl Fighting in Class
Tamara Handler ... Flickas' Mother

Kyra Harper ... Darius' Mother

Thomas Hauff ... Marconi Reporter #2

John Healy ... Matt's Father
Johnson Huynh ... Whitney Young Team Member #5
Joe Kicak ... Bicycle Messenger
James Kirchner ... Jolie's Father
Chantelle Leonardo ... Whitney Young Cheerleader #4
Angelique Lewis ... Whitney Young Team Member #6 (as Angel Lewis)
Jeannette Linton ... Pineapple Girl
Jefferson Mappin ... George Kelly

Jane Moffat ... Jolie's Mother
Jack Newman ... Tribune Reporter

Elisabeth Oas ... Legal Secretary

Rory O'Shea ... Press Conference Reporter #2
Andy Pandoff ... Plecki's Neighbor
Paul Pierro ... Commodities Broker
Gerald Plecki ... Teacher (as Gerard Plecki)
Agnes Podbielski ... Church Girl
Kamila Podbielski ... Agnieska's Sister
Victoria Podbielski ... Agnieska's Sister
Nella Renello ... Steinmetz Teacher #1
Bill Riley ... Reginal Speech Judge
Philemon Selwan ... Priest (as Father Philemon Selwan)
Jossie Sevilleno ... Whitney Young Team Member #7
Aisa Soloduszkiewicz ... Aisa, Girl Reading Paradise Lost
Harold St. Croix ... Steinmetz Teacher #2

John Stockwell ... News Producer
Ola Sturik ... Angela Lam Interviewer
Susanne Sutchy ... Receptionist
Lisa Turina ... Clifford's Secretary
Robin Ward ... Darius' Interviewer
Earl Williams ... Security Guard
Ruth Williams ... Singer with High School Band
Nichole Wray-Rose ... Whitney Young Cheerleader #9
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nina Polan ... (unconfirmed)
Richard M. Daley ... Himself - Mayor of Chicago (archive footage) (uncredited)

Eli Ham ... Football Player (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Stockwell 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Stockwell (written by)

Produced by
Liz Amsden .... associate producer
Suzanne Coston .... executive producer
Rick Dallago .... line producer
Suzanne De Passe .... executive producer (as Suzanne de Passe)
Greg Gugliotta .... co-producer
Mark S. Hoerr .... associate producer
Shanna Nussbaum .... co-producer (as Shanna Tyndall)
Kevin Reidy .... producer
Gloria Jean Sykes .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Haslinger 
 
Cinematography by
David Hennings 
 
Film Editing by
Eric A. Sears  (as Eric Sears)
Scott K. Wallace 
 
Casting by
Randi Hiller 
Diane Kerbel 
 
Production Design by
Craig Lathrop 
 
Art Direction by
Edward Bonutto 
 
Set Decoration by
Steven Essam 
 
Costume Design by
Lisa Martin 
 
Makeup Department
Kelly Brennan .... key hair stylist
Mario Cacioppo .... key makeup artist (as Mario G. Cacioppo)
Connie Kallos .... key makeup artist: Chicago
James Lacey .... assistant makeup artist
Edelgard K. Pfluegl .... makeup artist (as Edelgard Pfluegl)
Lianne Turturici .... makeup artist: extras
Kelly Whetter .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Marc Dassas .... production manager
Juanita F. Diana .... post-production supervisor
Virginia Landis Albertson .... post-production supervisor
Karyn McCarthy .... production manager: Chicago
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Baillie .... third assistant director
Nelson Jack Davis .... trainee assistant director (as Nelson Davis)
Susan E. Fiore .... second assistant director (as Susan Fiore)
Catriona Girotti .... trainee assistant director
Gary B. Goldman .... first assistant director: Chicago
Stacey Jenkins .... third assistant director
Lorraine M. Kearsey .... second assistant director: Canada
Matt Miller .... second second assistant director: Chicago
Rick Morris .... trainee assistant director
Eric A. Pot .... second assistant director: Chicago
Drew Ann Rosenberg .... first assistant director
David Tebby .... trainee assistant director (as Dave Tebby)
 
Art Department
Colin Adams .... assistant property master
Pat Flood .... assistant art director
Alexandra Hooper .... set decoration buyer
Ross McCormick .... lead man
John Moran .... assistant art director
Brian Patrick .... on-set decorator
Valma Pfaff .... assistant art director
Robert Shipman .... property master
Renata Zaleska .... props buyer
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Alek Bromke .... adr recordist
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Richard Calistan .... adr mixer
Paul Campbell .... second boom operator (as Paul W. Campbell)
Craig Clark .... adr supervisor
Craig Clark .... dialogue supervisor
Joe Earle .... sound re-recording mixer
Antoinette Faragallah .... foley artist
Matt Harmon .... sound assistant
Jerry Howard .... sound assistant
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Bell John .... boom operator
Sam Londe .... sound effects editor
Machine Head .... sound designer
Leonard Marcel .... supervising sound editor
James Marchione .... adr recordist (as Jim Marchione)
Steven Morrow .... production sound mixer: Los Angeles
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Ed Poty .... adr mixer
Mark Relyea .... adr editor
Colin Rogers .... adr editor
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joseph Sabella)
Dirk Sanders .... head sound assistant
Craig Schafer .... foley mixer
Robert Scherer .... sound mixer
Robert Scherer .... sound recordist
Tom Seller .... adr recordist
Reuben Simon .... sound effects editor
D. Chris Smith .... sound designer
Jeff Sparks .... sound effects assistant
Ben Switzer .... adr recordist
Bryan O. Watkins .... adr mixer (as Bryan Watkins)
David Weinstock .... sound recordist: second unit
Cary West .... sound assistant
 
Special Effects by
Mark Lawton .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Robert Fortenberry .... optical color timer
Deborah Irwin .... visual effects producer
Michael Lennick .... motion control photography
Ray McMillan .... motion control supervisor
 
Stunts
Randy Butcher .... stunts
Peter Cox .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts (as Jim Fierro)
Nick Nolan .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunt coordinator
Helen Scott .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lothar Bahr .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Lothar 'Lex' Bahr)
John Bouskill .... electrician
Gary Bower .... dolly grip
Rocky Brown .... crane grip
Michael Carella .... first assistant camera
Chris Collins .... first assistant camera: Chicago
Gilles Corbeil .... Steadicam operator
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator
Gerrit Dangremond .... camera operator: Chicago
Richard Davidson .... generator operator
Dennis De La Mata .... key grip: Chicago
Michael Decina .... grip
Chad Erickson .... camera loader: Chicago
Chad Ericson .... camera loader: Chicago
Gregg Gannett .... second assistant camera: Chicago (as Greg Gannett)
James Kohne .... key grip
Steve Kolodziej .... 24 frame video operator
Shaun Kuebeck .... grip
Norman Laing .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Bernie Lalonde .... key rigging grip
Daniel F. Larkin .... first assistant camera: Chicago
Mark R. Lindberg .... gaffer: Chicago (as Mark Lindberg)
Toomas Loo .... rigging gaffer
Joachim Martin .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Joachim 'Jock' Martin)
Robert McRae .... gaffer
Hugh Montgomerie .... electrician
Mike Ohorodnyk .... best boy grip
Michael Purdon .... second assistant camera
Rafy .... still photographer
Doug Reid .... best boy electric
Lawrence Smith .... electrician
Michael Turcotte .... camera trainee
 
Casting Department
Bette Chadwick .... additional casting
Ali Farrell .... additional casting
Courtney Gross .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Jenny Lewis .... casting assistant: Toronto
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting: Chicago
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
Jennifer Ryan .... extras casting assistant
Eva Saks .... additional casting
Claire Simon .... location casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura DiMarcantonio .... assistant costume designer
Gayle Franklin .... extras costume set supervisor
Angie Vastagh .... costumes coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Margaret Adachi .... assistant editor
Candace Austin .... post-production assistant
Benjamin Gilbert .... post-production assistant
Christina Kim .... post-production coordinator
Chris Miller .... post-production services
Richard B. Molina .... assistant editor: avid
Lainie Mumbrue .... post-production coordinator
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Marianne Urioste .... associate editor
Scott Wallace .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Wolfgang Amadeus .... music mixer
P.J. Bloom .... music supervisor
Ray Espinola Jr. .... music coordinator
Ron Finn .... music editor
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor
Chris McGeary .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Calvin Chin .... transportation coordinator: Chicago
Stuart Hughes .... transportation coordinator
Robert Wallace .... driver
 
Other crew
Jim Alvino .... technical advisor: USAD
Drazen Baric .... assistant location manager
Julie Black .... assistant: Jeff Daniels
Rose Caraet .... assistant: Susanne De Passe
Donald James Carson .... clearance coordinator
Trisha DeLuca .... office production assistant
Karen Doble .... production coordinator
James Franey .... location production assistant
Gayle Franklin .... extras set supervisor
Marsha Haake .... assistant coordinator: Chicago
P.J. Haines .... chef
Jacqueline M. Hammond .... clearance coordinator
Sandra Lynne Hyhkö .... assistant production coordinator
Adrienne Jackson .... assistant: Suzanne Coston
Wendy Kerwin .... truck supervisor
Kevin Kirkham .... photo double for Jeff Daniels
Alex Kontsalakis .... first assistant accountant
Arlene Lum Lock .... accounting assistant
Sandra Lum Lock .... production accountant
Sean Longley .... key craft services
Lisa Masseur .... production coordinator: Chicago
Jonathan Matthews .... location manager
Mark McCarville .... location manager: Chicago
Donna E. Oakes .... craft services: Chicago
Deborah Ricketts .... stock footage coordinator
Jesse Rupert .... accounting assistant
Andre Schulz .... set supervisor
David Shubert .... office production assistant
Samara Truster .... assistant: John Stockwell
Elaine Yarish .... script supervisor
Marijan Ivan Zelic .... office production assistant
 

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Rated R for language
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108 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
Dr. Gerald Plecki:Benjamin Franklin said: "The only way 3 people can keep a secret is if 2 of them are dead". Let's see if we can prove him wrong.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rocky (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
Look Who's Perfect NowSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Great film highlighted by great performances., 20 May 2000
Author: Brian A. Cagayat (dresden212@hotmail.com) from San Diego, CA, USA

I saw this film when it debuted on HBO earlier tonight. I was pretty impressed by the story (by director John Stockwell), about a group of inner city Chicago youths who decide to cheat on their Academic Decathlon exams. The element that drives the story, however, is its performances, especially Jena Malone as Steinmetz student Jolie Fitch and Jeff Daniels as Decathlon advisor Dr. Gerard Plecki.

These youths decide to cheat solely for ambition, to beat the rival Whitney Young Decathlon Team (who wins every year) at the State finals. Basically, they're desperate, being an inner city school whose funding is based mostly on athletics. Daniels goes along with the plan because of this: to make a statement on how much focus is more on athletics and less on academics.

The only reason I decided to watch this film was for Jena Malone, who's one of the more talented young actresses cropping up out of obscurity. She's only fifteen, yet she's a better actress than women twice her age. She's even being compared to a young Jodie Foster. Hopefully, she'll continue to accept performances that aren't from your latest American teen comedies.

I did manage, however, to find a good story out of this, somewhat reminiscent of "Stand and Deliver," which the students actually watch in one scene. Whether or not we agree on Dr. Plecki allowing the students to cheat, we'll always agree that it's the teacher's responsibility to teach, and teach morally. Make up your mind about cheating; this story focuses on cheating and its consequences, and will probably be one of those great films not too many people will see.

Had it been released to theaters, it would've done modestly in the theaters and been critically acclaimed, then fade away after a couple of weeks. But it's good enough to win a few hearts and minds. Watch it for Jena Malone, though. I did, and I wouldn't be surprised if she was nominated for an Emmy here.

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