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Zapped! (1982)

A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Baio ... Barney Springboro
Willie Aames ... Peyton Nichols
Robert Mandan ... Walter J. Coolidge
Felice Schachter ... Bernadette
Scatman Crothers ... Dexter Jones
Roger Bowen Roger Bowen ... Mr. Springboro
Mews Small ... Mrs. Springboro (as Marya Small)
Greg Bradford ... Robert Wolcott
Hilary Beane ... Corrine Updike
Sue Ane Langdon ... Rose Burnhart
Heather Thomas ... Jane Mitchell
Hardy Keith Hardy Keith ... Roscoe Brown
Curt Ayers Curt Ayers ... Art
Merritt Butrick ... Gary Cooter
Jennifer Chaplin Jennifer Chaplin ... Melissa Granger
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Storyline

Barney Springboro and Peyton Nichols are fun-loving high school students working on a science project with white mice. When one of the mice begins to move food toward itself with out touching it, Barney finds he has accidentally discovered a formula for telekinetic powers. Now, how much trouble can a high school kid who can move things with just his mind get into? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The comedy that won't let you down! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wiz Kid See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,897,768
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Star Scott Baio later said of this film: "Great movie. Loved it then. Love it today. I get more people asking about that movie than anything, no lie. And I had a ball making that. A cute, fun teen movie, and it made money. And it had Scatman Crothers!. He was a good guy, and supposedly he smoked pot every day. That's what I was told, but I don't actually know. But I got to work with Willie [Willie Aames], and it was a great experience . . . Good people. Good crew. Good director." See more »

Goofs

The blond-haired member of the Penguin baseball team was seen in the Prom sequence wearing a suit and tie ensemble. Later when Barney used his telekinetic powers to rip his pants off, revealing his Rolling Stones red bikini briefs, he is now wearing a tuxedo. See more »

Quotes

Jane Mitchell: Look, whatever happened last night, I faked every bit of it.
[Jane starts to walk off]
Peyton Nichols: Jane!
[She stops and looks back]
Peyton Nichols: That's why it was so good.
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Crazy Credits

Reportedly, Avco Embassy president Blossom Kahn was named an executive producer on the picture, but instead received an Executive in Charge of Production credit for the Embassy production house. See more »

Alternate Versions

The movie was re-shot to add nudity to achieve an R rating, mostly the sex scene with Barney and Bernadette. See more »

Connections

References Alien (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

This Power of Ours
Written by Devin Payne (uncredited) and Tom Shapiro (uncredited)
Performed by Devinstated
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"I found your pepperoni - you bowl-legged son of a..."
7 October 2004 | by evildead1978See all my reviews

Zapped has only two redeeming values...the fact that it showcases the talents of the late, great Scatman Crothers (NOT a pinnacle of his career) and more importantly...the big screen debut of the lovely Miss Heather Thomas. Other than that, this movie is best watched after many, many beers...even then it may not be watchable. The story is a soft-core porno meets an ABC after-school special...lotsa boobs, extremely bad story-line, a "Star Trek" sequence that must be seen to be believed (or disbelieved!)...But somehow the 10 minutes that Heather Thomas graces the screen makes it all seem worthwhile...Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Skip the lame sequel at all costs! (Even Linda Blair doesn't save it!)

As Scott Baio's father asks him: "Son, are you on dope?" - - you'd have to be to enjoy this one!


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