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My Science Project (1985)

A high school student and his friend find a strange, orb-like piece of equipment to use as a science project, but must stop it when it begins to threaten mankind.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Harlan
... Ellie Sawyer
... Vince Latello
... Sherman
... Detective Isadore Nulty
... Lew Harlan
... Dolores
... Bob Roberts
... Irene
Beau Dremann ... Matusky
Pat Simmons ... Crystal
... Jock #1
Vincent Barbour ... Jock #2
Jaime Alba ... Jock #3
Robert Beer ... President Eisenhower
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Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend past, present, and future, its up to Michael and Ellie to stop the orb and save mankind. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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We must not destroy the world. See more »


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9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les aventuriers de la 4e dimension  »

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$4,122,748, 23 August 1985
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2.35 : 1
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This was one of the films green-lit by Disney's then-new Touchstone division when Ron Miller was still head of the company, but released after Michael Eisner had taken his place. See more »

Goofs

When Micheal and Ellie are talking in the GTO, the passenger side window is up except for camera shots from that side of the car. When Ellie opens the door to leave, the window is down. In the next cut, as she walks away from the car, the window is up. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Sawyer: Michael, is Bob dead?
Michael Harlan: I don't know.
Vince Latello: Great. There goes my D.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are shown over still-photos from the film. A couple of the photos are from scenes not included in the film, or alternate takes of scenes used in the film. Also, three brief scenes filmed for the movie but not included in the final cut are shown. The credits end with Vince Latello's smiling mugshot from the film. See more »

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Soundtracks

Fish Cheer and I-Feel-Like-I'm Fixin' to Die Rag
Written by Country Joe McDonald (as Joe McDonald)
Performed by Country Joe and the Fish (as Country Joe & The Fish)
© 1965 Alkatraz Korner Music BMI
Courtesy of Vanguard Recording Soc., Inc.
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"When you're cool, the sun shine on you 24 hours a day."
8 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

High school student Michael Harlan (John Stockwell) is a kid with a fairly narrow focus: he's a car junkie. His girl dumps him because she thinks he spends more time tinkering with cars than with her. To get his science teacher Bob Roberts (Dennis Hopper) off his back, Mike scours a local military junkyard for any piece of junk that he can pass off as a science project. Well, the item that he steals is no ordinary junk: it was discovered back in the 1950s and is apparently an alien device that can create time-space warps. When Mike, his buddy Vince (Fisher Stevens), and Bob start messing around with the thing, an immense amount of havoc ensues as the high school is inundated with characters and animals from the past and a possible future.

Debuting director Jonathan R. Betuel, who'd written "The Last Starfighter", does alright with this first feature. It doesn't display *that* much imagination (we get cavemen, mutants, and a dinosaur, but not that much more), but it does have some good energy. Nicely shot in 2.35:1, it gets off to a solid start, and the characters are amusing to watch. Stockwell is likable in his first top billed role (after playing the best friend to car junkie Keith Gordon in "Christine"), and Danielle von Zerneck is appealing as his leading lady. Stevens, and Raphael Sbarge as the nerdy Sherman, are very much playing stereotypes, but they do give the roles 100%. The adult actors are largely wasted - Barry Corbin as Mikes' dad, Ann Wedgeworth as the dads' new wife, Richard Masur (who gets to be broader than usual) as a detective. The true standout performance in "My Science Project" comes from Hopper, who's perfectly cast as the former hippie who's all too happy to relive his protest filled youth. Robert DoQui, Michael Berryman, Pamela Springsteen, and an uncredited Al Leong all have small roles.

The music by Peter Bernstein is appropriate, the visual effects are well done overall (especially that dinosaur, the work of Doug Beswicks' team), and there are some funny lines here and there. All in all, the movie is juvenile, silly, and ridiculous, but it does do a respectable job of entertaining its audience. Stevens's line (used as my summary), when asked why he's wearing shades indoors, is truly a howler.

Seven out of 10.


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