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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>

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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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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Whiz Kid See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,897,768
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of a number of films which were part of a cycle of pictures involving ESP / telekinesis made during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The films include Carrie (1976), Patrick (1978), this film, Scanners (1981), Firestarter (1984), Modern Problems (1981) The Fury (1978), and The Medusa Touch (1978). Of these films, "Zapped!" and "Modern Problems" were the only comedies. See more »

Goofs

Barney's father pours rum into his prune juice, twists the cap on and sets the bottle down. Cut to another angle; the rum bottle's in his hand and he repeats his actions. 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

Actor Robert Mandan's character is called "Walter Coolidge" during the movie but in the closing credits the character is named "Walter Johnson". See more »


Soundtracks

Updike's Theme
Written by Robert Incorvaia (uncredited) and Joe Esposito (uncredited)
Performed by Robert Incorvaia and Joe Esposito
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Telekinesis is Way Sexy!
29 March 2001 | by kdiva1313See all my reviews

i have not seen an unedited version, but i have to say, this movie ROKS!!!!!!!!!

after i saw the Scott Baio celebrity profile, i fell in love. i looked up Scotty's movie history, and saw this one.

coincidentally it was on Comedy Central about 2 weeks later. even though they always play it at 7 o'clock in the morning. and it is rated TV PG. which means everything good was cut out, ZAPPED is one of my favorites.

i like the line where Barney (Baio) goes: "Are you talkin' to me? are you talkin' to me? well i dont see anyone else here, so you must be talkin' to me" and then Peyton (Aames) says: "then where am i Barn?" i mean sure it is campy, but it got me laughing.

Barney Springboro is really hott and even if Bernadette does fall in love with him, i still watch it every time. i think that ZAPPED is not highly appreciated, because what good teen movies are?? this movie was before the BRAT PACK.

i say that if you hate it, fine. if you have never seen it, watch it! you will be surprised!


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