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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:
... Barney Springboro
... Peyton Nichols
... Walter J. Coolidge
... Bernadette
... Dexter Jones
Roger Bowen ... Mr. Springboro
... Mrs. Springboro (as Marya Small)
... Robert Wolcott
... Corrine Updike
... Rose Burnhart
... Jane Mitchell
Hardy Keith ... Roscoe Brown
Curt Ayers ... Art
... Gary Cooter
Jennifer Chaplin ... Melissa Granger
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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>

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An A+ comedy that makes the grade! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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3 September 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Whiz Kid  »

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$16,897,768
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scott Baio and Willie Aames were both 21 during filming, while Heather Thomas was 24. Only Felice Schachter was still a high school student when the film was shot. In fact, she missed her own prom to shoot the prom sequence in the film. See more »

Goofs

Objects in a fish tank are magnified but when a model space ship flies through a fish tank here it appears smaller. See more »

Quotes

Walter J. Coolidge: Dexter, keep this to yourself, okay?
Dexter Jones: Always do! I got a file in my head two feet thick 'bout a WHOLE lotta things you do that I keep to myself.
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Crazy Credits

A double was used for Miss Thomas in her nude scene and in the photograph. The closing credits declare that "a [body] double was used for Miss Thomas [Heather Thomas] in her nude scene and in the photograph" but the person who body doubled is not credited in the movie billings. See more »

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Followed by Zapped Again! (1990) See more »

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Bomp Me
Written by Greg Mathieson (uncredited) and Steve Lukather (uncredited)
Performed by Greg Mathieson Project
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Will please its intended target audience, but is a waste of time for anyone else.
11 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Another teen comedy in the same mould as Weird Science, Porky's, Screwballs and Bachelor Party, Zapped! is perhaps the tamest of the bunch. Scott Baio - better remembered for his role as the Fonz's cousin in Happy Days - has a rare leading role as a high school science geek. The most recognizable face in the supporting cast belongs to Scatman Crothers. Hard to believe that two years on from his career-defining appearance in The Shining, Crothers can be found slumming in a simple-minded tit-flick like this.

The story finds Barney Springboro (Baio) accidentally creating a mixture which causes people to develop telekenetic powers. Pretty soon, he realises that his new talent can be put to a variety of uses - wallcharts fall on teachers' heads; Barney uses his ventriloquist-dummy to terrorize his mother; and at school baseball games, the ball does some mysterious things. But Barney's greatest use for his new skill is to undress busty girls just by thinking about it!

As silly and immature as it sounds, Zapped! is also totally harmless. Young adolescent boys will probably enjoy it, with its moments of smut and nudity. In real terms, it's a pretty poor movie but serious criticism seems rather pointless as the film never aspires to be anything more than what it is. Half-Porky's, half-Carrie, with plenty of good-looking women exposing themselves, a limp plot, excrutiating special effects, and utterly indifferent performances. If you're a male, aged 12-16, I can think of plenty of reasons you might want to watch Zapped! If you're anything else, my advice is simple: don't watch Zapped!


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