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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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Who ELSE can turn lasers into light shows, aircraft into armchairs, and high-tech into hijinks? See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

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PG | See all certifications »

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7 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Academia de genios  »

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$13,000,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Chris Knight wakes and cuts the CO2 chips for the vending machine, he is wearing "Heckel and Jeckel" slippers. They were 2 magpies that played endless tricks and practical jokes on those that interfered with any of their schemes. See more »

Goofs

When Chris makes a fake coin from the liquid nitrogen container, he inserts it into the drink machine. It's at least large enough for a quarter, which is what the machine display says it will take (along with dimes and nickels). The machine says drinks are 20 cents, but when he presses the button for his drink, we don't hear the change coming out. Also, he then turns to the candy bar machine and never inserts a coin but can get a candy bar. See more »

Quotes

Chris Knight: Look at it this way. Considering the type of people you are and the environment you're in, you have to admit the strong possibility this may be the only chance you ever have in your entire lives... to have sex.
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The Tuff Do What?
Written by Tonio K.
Performed by Tonio K.
Courtesy of Tonio K. and Visual Music Productions
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The Real Genius is the writers...
3 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

This movie is an incredible display of verbal byplay, interplay, and foreplay, and Pat Proft (of Naked Gun and Hot Shots fame) writes some of the funniest dialogue ever. But give credit to Val Kilmer: he hits every line perfectly (see lots and lots of Quotes). Even the minor characters get their moment in the spotlight, and the plot isn't dumbed down for the audience. If this isn't what happens at M.I.T. and similar institutes, you wish it did...and that you could sign up. Only Gabriel Jarrett comes across as a bit weak, but the rest of the cast bolsters him up.


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