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My Science Project (1985)

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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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Jonathan R. Betuel

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Stockwell ... Michael Harlan
Danielle von Zerneck ... Ellie Sawyer
Fisher Stevens ... Vince Latello
Raphael Sbarge ... Sherman
Richard Masur ... Detective Isadore Nulty
Barry Corbin ... Lew Harlan
Ann Wedgeworth ... Dolores
Dennis Hopper ... Bob Roberts
Candace Silvers ... Irene
Beau Dremann ... Matusky
Pat Simmons Pat Simmons ... Crystal
John Vidor ... Jock #1
Vincent Barbour Vincent Barbour ... Jock #2
Jaime Alba Jaime Alba ... Jock #3
Robert Beer Robert Beer ... President Eisenhower
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Storyline

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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The funniest sci-fi movie of the summer. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,504,118, 11 August 1985

Gross USA:

$4,122,748

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,122,748
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene where John Stockwell's character is under his car fixing it, Fisher Stevens says to him: "Ya know, I seen this movie where this haunted car flames guys out.", referring to John Carpenter's Christine (1983) in which Stockwell had a major role. See more »

Goofs

The amount and coverage of the cream/flour on the GTO change throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

General: Get rid of it.
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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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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Warrior
Written by Holly Knight (as H. Knight) and Nick Gilder (as N. Gilder)
© 1984 Makiki Publishing Co., Ltd. ASCAP and Red Admiral Music, Inc.
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My Science Project: Underwhelming comedy sci-fi
23 June 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Starring the late great Dennis Hopper and underrated talent Fisher Stevens this is an odd little 80's sci-fi comedy that I'd never heard of. I can only assume this is because it didn't do all too well.

It tells the story of a car nut who finds a mysterious device while searching for something to use for his science project. The device distorts time and space building to an epic climax featuring dinosaurs, laser firing space men and everything in between.

On paper this should have been outstanding but for whatever reason it fell flat.

The sci-fi side looks pretty terrible and does not even remotely meet its potential while the comedy element is so lacking it's hard to believe they even call it that. In fact the only comedy comes from Fisher Stevens who is one of the movies saving graces.

Those into 80's cheese might appreciate this but don't go expecting Weird Science (1985) because it isn't even close.

The Good:

Solid script

Fisher Stevens

The Bad:

Doesn't flow very well

Isn't funny

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

You can wear sunglasses during mug shots


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