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Cheats -- A pair of best pals cheat their way through elementary school and junior high. Finally, their high school principal catches them and they must decide whether to attempt one final scheme.
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Writer (WGA):
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Directed by
Andrew Gurland 
Writing credits
Andrew Gurland (written by)

Produced by
Chris Bender .... producer
Mike Bender .... co-executive producer
Richard Brener .... executive producer
M. Cevin Cathell .... co-producer
A.J. Dix .... producer
Bryan Hickel .... co-executive producer
Dan Nicolas .... associate producer
J.C. Spink .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Fred Murphy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Troy Takaki  (as Troy T. Takaki)
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
Sarah Katzman 
Production Design by
Clayton Hartley  (as Clayton R. Hartley)
Art Direction by
Kathryn Hatton  (as Kathryn 'Kate' Hatton)
Set Decoration by
Christine Handley 
Costume Design by
Caroline Cranstoun 
Makeup Department
Natalie Cosco .... key makeup artist
Julie McHaffie .... key hair stylist
Vittorio Palmisani .... first assistant hair stylist
Bev Wright .... assistant makeup artist
Bill Terezakis .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Mary Guilfoyle .... unit production manager
Jay Vinitsky .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Burger .... dgc trainee
Jack Hardy .... first assistant director
Lynda Mills .... additional third assistant director
Roger Scott Russell .... second assistant director
Patrick Stark .... additional third assistant director
Carie Wallis .... third assistant director
Art Department
Maggie Boucher .... paint laborer
Maureen Carey .... buyer
Linda Carter .... stand-by painter
Colin Comeau .... location painter
Ivan Coyote .... assistant property master
Darian Deering .... assistant set dresser
Derek Del Puppo .... construction coordinator
Ivar Dirikis .... construction buyer
Richard Dobbin .... lead carpenter
Andrew Emde .... art department coordinator
Jane Gottschlag .... lead painter
Jurgen Gottschlag .... paint coordinator
Willis Karsgaard .... general foreman
Guy Miller .... assistant set dresser
Toni Nick .... set dresser
George Nuttall .... lead carpenter
Ian P. OBriain .... assistant set decorator (as Ian Obriain)
Robert Pratt .... storyboard artist (as Rob Pratt)
Chris A. Sharp .... truck props (as Christopher Sharp)
Gordon Stewart .... leadman
Richard Tremblay .... lead carpenter (as Richard Trembley)
Anneke Van Oort .... draftsperson
Trinita Waller .... property master
Mat Winterton .... sign fabricator
Anne-Marie Leidl .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Benjamin L. Cook .... sound effects editor (as Benjamin Cook)
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta .... sound designer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
George Haddad .... pre-dub mixer
Robert Hanchar .... boom operator (as Rob Hanchar)
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
David Horner .... adr mixer
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Vince Perry .... digital transfer engineer (as Vincent Perry)
Daryl Powell .... sound mixer
Yuri Reese .... sound re-recording mixer
Jill Ritter .... adr recordist
Alec St. John .... assistant sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Michael Hertlein .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stacey Goodman .... special effects first assistant
Gary Minielly .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Ziad Seirafi .... CGI supervisor: titles (uncredited)
Dan Walker .... digital opticals (uncredited)
Duane Dickinson .... stunts
Dave Hospes .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bougie .... best boy electric
Mark Brown .... grip (as Mark 'Beavis' Brown)
Peter G. Capadouca .... chief lighting technician (as Peter Capadouca)
Bob Findlay .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Stuart Haggerty .... lamp operator
Shane Harvey .... still photographer
Dale H. Jahraus .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Dale Jarhaus)
Lynne Kam .... best girl grip
Benoît Lamarche .... key grip (as Benoit LaMarche)
Guy R. LeBlanc .... lamp operator (as Guy LeBlanc)
Brian Lymer .... rigging gaffer
Chris Martin .... grip
Klaus Melchior .... video playback operator (as Klaus Melchoir)
Shawn Milne .... lead man setup grip
Philippe Palu .... dolly grip (as Phillipe Palu)
Ian Prince .... grip
Trig Singer .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mike Stroman .... generator operator
Jim van Dijk .... Steadicam operator (as Jim Van Dijk)
Stewart Whelan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Stewart 'Spud' Whelan)
Tyler Woeste .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Klaus Melchior .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Brett Peterson .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Darek Wyszynski .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting associate: Canada (as Heike Brandsteatter)
Errin Clutton .... casting assistant: Canada
Teya Faircrest .... additional extras casting assistant
Doreen Ferreira .... extras casting assistant: office
Sharie L. Gagen .... additional extras casting assistant (as Shari Gagen)
Sonia Henkel .... additional extras casting assistant (as Sonya Henkel)
Ntsiki Kheswa .... additional extras casting assistant
Lonnie Mackenzie .... extras casting assistant: set (as Lonnie Rathie)
Marty Manifold .... additional extras casting assistant
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Lisa Ratke .... extras casting
Patrick Stark .... additional extras casting assistant
Rachael Taylor .... additional extras casting assistant (as Rachel Taylor)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Christiano .... costumer (as Donna Cristiano)
Margaret Lovenuik .... assistant costume designer
Clare McLaren .... truck costumer
Debi Weldon .... costume set supervisor
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Matt Evans .... apprentice editor
Paul Fafard .... assistant editor: Vancouver
Jack Hilton .... assistant editor: Vancouver
Terry Hubbard .... assistant editor (as Terry Hubbard-Legorreta)
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Mike Milliken .... color timer (as Michael Milliken)
Claudia Morgado .... assistant editor: Vancouver
Vivek 'Vic' Sharma .... post-production assistant (as Vivek Sharma)
Michael A. Webber .... first assistant editor
Jodie Davidson .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Fiona Crossley .... location manager
Susan Peck .... assistant location manager
Tom Teotico .... trainee assistant location manager
Ken Hovgaard .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Baber .... music editor
Bob Bowen .... music executive
Bob Casale .... additional arrangement (as Robert Casale)
Bob Casale .... additional orchestrations (as Robert Casale)
Van Coppock .... additional arrangement
Van Coppock .... additional orchestrations
Michael Dittrick .... music editor: temp music
Mark Kaufman .... music clearance executive
Mark Mothersbaugh .... music producer
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Erin Scully .... music executive
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Matt Bunten .... driver: cable truck
Harry Carlson .... transportation co-captain
Stephen Carr .... driver: cast (as Steve Carr)
Sam Ellsworth .... picture vehicle wrangler
Marty Grohn .... transportation coordinator
David Holm .... driver: hair/make-up/wardrobe (as Dave Holm)
Garry Holm .... driver: set decorator
Barry 'Bear' Horton .... driver: star trailers (as Bear Hortin)
Allan Morgan .... driver: cast (as Al Morgan)
Bubba Ram .... transportation captain
Mike Tymchyshyn .... driver: construction
David Weston .... driver: honeywagon (as Dave Weston)
Other crew
Craig Alexander .... production attorney
Nick Allen .... stand-in
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Claire Best .... production executive
Judy Blinick .... post-production accountant
Kevin Bolton .... production assistant (as Kevin Botton)
Rich Brown .... payroll accountant
Melanie Cadham .... assistant: Mr. Gurland
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Dawn Caywood .... first assistant accountant
David Chisholm .... chef
Gloria Davies .... unit publicist
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Daniel Genge .... set key production assistant
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Marion Gonneville .... production coordinator
Rory Gurland .... creative consultant
Melanie Hafez .... second assistant production coordinator
Teresa Hannah .... photo double
Teresa Hannah .... stand-in
Rebecca Husain .... assistant: Mr. Gurland (as Rebecca J. Husain)
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Ella Juralowicz .... key production assistant: assistant directors
Patrick Kirkland .... production assistant
Christine Lalande .... script supervisor (as Christine LaLande)
David Lee .... assistant chef
Rhonda Legge .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Lirette .... key production assistant
Jody Lousignont-Gray .... contract administrator
Michele Lyons .... assistant: Ms. Cathell (as Michele Spicer)
Andrew Matthews .... financial consultant
Colleen McGuinness .... assistant: Mr. Bender, Mr. Dix & Mr. Brener
Peter McManus .... production accountant
Jennifer Mount .... risk management
Les Murry .... security officer
Robert Newby .... office receptionist (as Rob Newby)
Perry Palmer .... security officer
Cy Peck .... production assistant
Kate Pierpoint .... dialogue coach
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Linda Rea .... assistant: Mr. Bender, Mr. Dix & Mr. Brener
Sam Schinke .... photo double
Sam Schinke .... stand-in
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Rhonda Simpson .... craft service (as Ronda Simpson)
Terry Sims .... assistant: Mary Tyler Moore
Kyle Stooshnov .... production assistant
Sebastian Strakowicz .... production assistant
Robert Taleghany .... post-production accountant
Caitlin Tomkies .... accounting clerk
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Scott Witty .... photo double
Scott Witty .... stand-in
James Wood .... security officer (as Jim Wood)
Steve Woodley .... animal wrangler
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Perry Burk .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Nicole Harp .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Will Pappas .... the film-makers wish to extend their personal thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Chea+ers" - USA (promotional title)
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Rated PG-13 on appeal for thematic elements, some language and crude sexual references
86 min | Argentina:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | USA:PG-13 (#38221)

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The real Applebee refused to take part in the documentary based on the actual Cheats, and as such his name had to be censored whenever used.See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"I envision a cheating wing!", 30 November 2002
Author: Dan Harkless from United States

Just caught this film on Cinemax during a free preview weekend, and I liked it so much I came to IMDb to get a link to the DVD. I was pretty stunned to learn that not only is there no DVD, but according to the info here, the film never even got a theatrical release.

This is difficult to understand, because "Cheats" is one of the funniest high school movies I've ever seen, and is definitely one of the most realistic, in terms of its depiction of high school kids. Even stuff like "American Pie", which by comparison to the average high school movie seems laudably legit in its presentation of high schoolers, seems phony and staged compared to this film.

Perhaps Martin Starr (who, like the other actors, turns in a great performance here) carries a curse that would also explain the first-season cancellation of another very entertaining and realistic high school dramedy, TV series "Freaks and Geeks".

I suppose I'm not the _most_ impartial judge, since like the main characters in this film, I also attended a private high school and despite being very bright, couldn't stand studying or doing homework. I may have even (ulp) practiced my "wicked small" writing skills on one or two occasions. But despite my bias, I have to think just about anyone would enjoy this film (except perhaps hardcore disciplinarians who would object to the fact that the cheaters get away with much of their crime).

So catch "Cheats", if you get the chance. It's the funniest take on cheating (I especially enjoyed the cheaters' jargon, like "mis-sequenced", and "the sick cheat") since MST3K's send-up of Centron's 1952 "mental hygiene" short "Cheating" (from whence the quote in my Summary derives).

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