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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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Chris Knight
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Mitch Taylor (as Gabe Jarret)
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Jordan Cochran
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Prof. Jerry Hathaway
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Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)
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Sherry Nugil
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Shuttle Pilot
Daniel Ades ...
Laser Ray Victim
Andres Aybar ...
Bartender
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Major Carnagle
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David Decker
Charles Shull ...
Air Force General
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George
Charles Parks ...
Larry
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Boy at Science Fair
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Girl at Science Fair
Ina Gould ...
Old Lady
Nadine Vix ...
Student at Science Fair
Paul Tulley ...
Mr. Taylor
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Mrs. Taylor
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Darlington Recruiter (as Chip Johnson)
Monte Landis ...
Dr. Dodd
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Mrs. Meredith
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Dr. Meredith
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Cornell (as Randolph Dreyfuss)
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Kent
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Carter
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Bodie (as Tom Swerdlow)
Mark Kamiyama ...
'Ick' Ikagami
Martin Gundersen ...
Math Professor
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Carpet Man
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Milton
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Fenton
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Chris' Girl at Party
Penny Baker ...
Ick's Girl at Party
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Cornell's Girl at Party
Isabelle Walker ...
Girl at Party
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Girl at Party
Cheri Wells ...
Girl at Party
Catherine MacNamara ...
Girl at Party
John Vasily ...
Student
Ed Garrabrandt ...
TV Makeup Man
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TV Stage Manager
Robin Stober ...
Waitress
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Susan Decker
David Marvit ...
Student in Hall
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Air Force SP at Gate
Charles Sweigart ...
Air Force SP at Gate
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Air Force SP at Gate
Ronald Taylor ...
Computer Technician
James Carrington ...
Air Force Major
Michael Backes ...
Air Force Controller
Corki Grazer ...
Air Force Sergeant
Jeanne Mori ...
Laser Technician
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Engineer
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Congressman Dougton
Will Knox ...
Laser Specialist
Kevin Hurley ...
Air Force Technician
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Hacking Consultant
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Naval Flag Officer (uncredited)
Ev Courter ...
Old Man (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
David Monterosso ...
Student in Cafeteria (uncredited)
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Party Girl on Surfboard (uncredited)
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Young Girl in Popcorn (uncredited)
Tom Tangen ...
Student on Ice Skates (uncredited)

Directed by

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Martha Coolidge

Written by

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Neal Israel ... (story) &
Pat Proft ... (story)
 
Neal Israel ... (screenplay) &
Pat Proft ... (screenplay) and
PJ Torokvei ... (screenplay) (as Peter Torokvei)

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Sam Crespi-Horowitz ... associate producer
Robert Daley ... executive producer
Brian Grazer ... producer

Music by

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Thomas Newman

Cinematography by

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Vilmos Zsigmond ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Richard Chew

Editorial Department

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Deborah Cichocki ... apprentice film editor (as Deborah Zimmerman)
Arthur Coburn ... additional editor
Albert Coleman ... first assistant film editor
Alexandra Leviloff ... second assistant film editor
Bruce Pearson ... color timer
Bill Wilner ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins

Production Design by

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Josan F. Russo

Art Direction by

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Jack G. Taylor Jr.

Set Decoration by

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Phil Abramson ... (as Philip Abramson)

Makeup Department

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Zoltan Elek ... makeup artist (as Zoltan)
Edie Panda ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Billy Ray Smith ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Stephen McEveety ... first assistant director (as Steve McEveety)
Joseph Paul Moore ... second assistant director (as Joseph P. Moore)
Mike Schilz ... second second assistant director (as Michael J. Schilz)

Art Department

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Erin M. Cummins ... set designer
David L. Glazer ... assistant property master
Jim Husbands ... leadman (as James F. Husbands)
Robert Krume ... construction coordinator
Terry E. Lewis ... property master
Sandra Renfroe ... assistant property master (as Sandi Armstrong-Renfroe)
Alex Tavoularis ... illustrator
Mark S. Taylor ... set dresser
Steven Wolff ... set designer (as Steve Wolff)
Robert Bonino ... construction general foreman (uncredited)
Sal Maldari ... construction timekeeper (uncredited)
John McCarthy ... greens coordinator (uncredited)
Stacey S. McIntosh ... labor foreman (uncredited)
A. David Morrison ... labor foreman (uncredited)
George Stuart Jr. ... paint foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Beth Bergeron ... supervising adr editor
Donald A. Bolger ... boom operator
Charles J. Bond ... cableman (as Charles Bond)
Anna Boorstin ... sound editor
George Budd ... sound designer
David E. Campbell ... re-recording mixer (as Dave Campbell)
Virginia Cook-McGowan ... sound editor (as Virginia A. Cook)
Julia Evershade ... supervising sound editor
John P. Fasal ... assistant sound effects (as John Paul Fasal)
Gary A. Hecker ... foley walker (as Gary Hecker)
Doug Hemphill ... assistant sound effects
Ellen Heuer ... foley walker
Roxanne Jones ... sound editor (as Roxanne R. Jones)
C. Darin Knight ... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Carl Lewis ... sound editor
Lauren Palmer ... adr editor (as Lauren J. Palmer)
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Christy Richmond ... assistant sound editor
John Roesch ... foley walker
Gregg Rudloff ... re-recording mixer (as Greg Rudloff)
John Vigran ... recording consultant
Paul C. Warschilka ... assistant sound editor (as Paul Warschilka)
Claus Wedemann ... stereo consultant: Dolby
Marshall Winn ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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Phil Cory ... special effects coordinator (as Philip C. Cory)
Rocky Gehr ... special effects technician
Richard L. Hill ... special effects technician
Raymond Klein ... special effects crew (as Raymond J. Klein)
Mike Reedy ... special effects technician
Robert Rowan ... special effects crew
Ray Svedin ... special effects crew
Thomas R. Ward ... special effects crew
Jerry D. Williams ... special effects crew
James M. Hart ... special effects (uncredited)
Hans Metz ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Al Wininger ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Richard L. Bennett ... visual effects supervisor (as Richard Bennett)
Ernie Cervantes ... visual effects crew
Syd Dutton ... special visual effects
Dale Fay ... visual effects crew
Michael Karp ... visual effects crew
Marc Kolodziejcyk ... visual effects crew
David Stipes ... visual effects supervisor
Bill Taylor ... special visual effects
Dana O'Connor ... visual effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Kenny Alexander ... stunts
Cynthia Lea Clark ... stunt driver
Shane Dixon ... stunts
Kenny Ferrugiaro ... stunts
Linda Lee Franklin ... stunts
Allan Graf ... stunts
David M. Graves ... stunts (as David Michael Graves)
Marian Green ... stunts
Bernie Pock ... stunts (as Bernhard Pock)
Debby Porter ... stunts
Spiro Razatos ... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich ... stunt coordinator (as Ed Ulrich) / stunts (as Ed Ulrich)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Colin J. Campbell ... electrical gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
John J. Connor ... camera operator
Janice Cooke ... video coordinator (as Janice Cooke-Leonard)
Dick Deats ... key grip (as Richard W. Deats)
Jerry C. Deats ... second grip (as Jerry D. Deats)
Frederick Elmes ... director of photography: second unit
Robert Jason ... electrical best boy (as Robert E. Jason)
Hal Landaker ... video supervisor
Ken Nishino ... first assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
Marcia Reed ... still photographer
Robert Samuels ... second assistant camera (as Robert B. Samuels)
William D. Barber ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jessie Deats ... grip (uncredited)
Joe Laune ... electrician (uncredited)
Frank Montoya ... grip (uncredited)
Donald A. Morgan ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael 'Dutch' Van Woert ... electrician (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos ... on-set technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Jill Simpson ... casting assistant
Michael Hirshenson ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michael Hamer ... costumer (as Michael F. Hamer)
Joseph Roveto ... costumer
Marla Denise Schlom ... costume supervisor (as Marla D. Schlom)

Location Management

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Joseph A. Liuzzi ... location manager (as Joseph Liuzzi)

Music Department

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Carlton Kaller ... assistant music editor
Elliot Lurie ... music coordinator
Becky Mancuso-Winding ... music supervisor (as Becky Mancuso)
Michael Papale ... music supervisor
Ted Whitfield ... music editor
Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Tim Sexton ... executive in charge of music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Joanie Blum ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Donald R. Casella ... transportation coordinator
Bill Myers ... transportation captain (as William H. Myers)
Charles Renfroe ... transportation captain
Bill Myers ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Michael Backes ... technical consultant
Joanne Baron ... dialogue coach
Robert M. Bowman ... military consultant (as Dr. Robert M. Bowman)
Ron Cobb ... laser technology
Brad Dechter ... source arrangements
Richard Dowling ... consultant: space/media
Dick Dubuque ... production accountant (as Richard Dubuque)
Joan Eisenberg ... unit publicist
Dan Erwin ... assistant technical advisor: laser
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Gary Fuchs ... researcher
Judith Gill ... production coordinator
Martin Gundersen ... technical advisor: laser (as Dr. Martin Gundersen)
Art 'Klondike' Jones ... craft service
David Marvit ... technical consultant: Ms. Coolidge
Alycia M. Rogers ... assistant: Robert Daley (as Alycia Rogers)
Stephan Schwartz ... independent technical consultant
Geza Sinkovics ... intern: AFI
Paul D. Steinke ... assistant production accountant
Tanda Tashjian ... assistant: Martha Coolidge
Jan Walker ... assistant: Brian Grazer
Robert J. Woodhead ... hacking consultant (as Robert Woodhead)
Craig Miller ... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Dorothy Vitale ... first aid (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Who ELSE can turn lasers into light shows, aircraft into armchairs, and high-tech into hijinks? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Profession : Génie (France)
  • Was für ein Genie (Germany)
  • Escuela de genios (Spain)
  • Profession: Génie (Canada, French title)
  • Escuela de genios (Peru)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Lazlo Hollyfeld (Jon Gries) sends in a large number of entries to the Frito-Lay contest, he is mirroring the actions of Caltech students Steve Klein, Dave Novikoff and Barry Megdal, who, in 1974, used a similar strategy to win a McDonald's sweepstakes. Their entries came to roughly 1/5th of the total entries and won them a station wagon, $3,000 cash and $1,500 in food gift certificates. See more »
Goofs They say the ice in the hall would sublimate directly to gas. If that would be true, it would be impossible to skate or glide on this kind of ice as the building of water is essential for gliding/skidding on ice. However, Ick never reveals what the substance is, and it's possible his mystery substance can both sublime and provide for skating. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Fright Night/Real Genius/Weird Science/The Coca-Cola Kid (1985). See more »
Soundtracks You Took Advantage of Me See more »
Quotes Mitch: What are you doing?
Chris Knight: Self-realization. I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
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