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Real Genius (1985)

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris Knight
... Mitch Taylor (as Gabe Jarret)
... Jordan Cochran
... Prof. Jerry Hathaway
... Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)
... Sherry Nugil
... Shuttle Pilot
Daniel Ades ... Laser Ray Victim
Andres Aybar ... Bartender
... Major Carnagle
... David Decker
Charles Shull ... Air Force General
... George
Charles Parks ... Larry
... Boy at Science Fair
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Mitch Taylor is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He partners up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyperkinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius means. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the military for use as a weapon, they decide to get even. Written by Lordship <lordship@juno.com>

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7 August 1985 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000
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For the "Tanning Invitational", staged by Chris Knight (Val Kilmer) to introduce his sexually deprived classmates to the student body of the Wanda Trossler School of Beauty, the production unit moved to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sepulveda. Producer Brian Grazer explained: "We needed an auditorium in which we could rig a swimming pool. And the theatre at the V.A. Hospital had an orchestra pit which was perfect for that purpose". Fresh from two weeks in cold storage, the production crew now proceeded to flood the orchestra pit and create a tropic atoll on the stage above it. Included in the effort were several hundred cubic yards of sand, an oasis of palm trees and lush foliage, a pump-operated waterfall, two small water slides, and a giant aquatic slalom fashioned from the emergency chute of a 747 jetliner. See more »

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The last scene shows the popcorn filling Hathaway's house and more. Popcorn expands up to 30 times in volume when popped. the amount of popcorn used is nowhere near enough to fill his house. See more »

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Chris Knight: Do you mind if I name my first child after you? "Dipshit Knight" has a nice ring to it.
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Written by Michael Been
Performed by The Call
Courtesy of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Jiffy Pop
28 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

The imagination and quality of Hollywood movies in the early and mid 80's had regressed back to the pre "Bonnie and Clyde" days (the early and mid-60's being the worst ever period of American movie-making).

Fortunately there were a few gems like "Real Genius" to sustain audiences. Any film that features a memorable moment like Deborah Foreman's articulation of her standards for a male companion, a memorable character like Michelle Meyrink's hyper-kinetic Jordon, and the memorable sight of a house exploding from the force of a giant Jiffy Pop container can never be forgotten.

And who doesn't feel good just watching the neighborhood kids play in a mountain of popcorn to the sound of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World".

Although "Real Genius" has not totally escaped the ravages of the past 20 years, it has held up reasonably well. Now it can even be appreciated as a sort of time capsule, demonstrating rather strikingly the complete computerization of the applied sciences that has occurred during the relatively short time period since its 1985 release. Other than Kent's incidental use of an early computer in his dorm room and a mostly decorative monitor in the lab, these now essential machines are absent from this techno film. Amazing!

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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