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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... See more »

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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
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Mr. Taylor
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Mrs. Taylor
Chip Johnson ...
Darlington Recruiter
Monte Landis ...
Dr. Dodd
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Mrs. Meredith
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Dr. Meredith
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Cornell (as Randolph Dreyfuss)
Robert Prescott ...
Kent
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Carter
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Bodie (as Tom Swerdlow)
Mark Kamiyama ...
'Ick' Ikagami
Martin Gundersen ...
Math Professor
Brett Miller ...
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
Marii Mak ...
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
Michael Crabtree ...
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
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 ... (screenplay)
 
Neal Israel ... (story)
 
Pat Proft ... (screenplay)
 
Pat Proft ... (story)
 
Pj Torokvei ... ()

Produced by

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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

Film Editing by

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Richard Chew

Editorial Department

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

Costume Design by

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Marla Denise Schlom ... (as Marla D. Schlom)

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 ... third assistant director (as Michael J Schulz)

Art Department

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Erin M. Cummins ... set designer
David L. Glazer ... assistant property master
Jim Husbands ... leadman
Steven Wolff ... set designer

Sound Department

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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
Roxanne Jones ... sound editor (as Roxanne R. Jones)
C. Darin Knight ... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Carl Lewis ... sound editor
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Christy Richmond ... assistant sound editor
John Roesch ... foley artist
Gregg Rudloff ... re-recording mixer (as Greg Rudloff)
John Vigran ... sound recording consultant
Paul C. Warschilka ... assistant sound editor
Marshall Winn ... sound editor

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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
Hans Metz ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

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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
Frederick Elmes ... photographer: second unit
Robert Jason ... electrical best boy (as Robert E. Jason)
Ken Nishino ... first assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
Robert Samuels ... second assistant camera (as Robert B. Samuels)
William D. Barber ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Montoya ... grip (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos ... on-set technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jill Simpson ... casting assistant

Location Management

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Joseph A. Liuzzi ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
George Doering ... musician
Becky Mancuso-Winding ... music supervisor (as Becky Mancuso)
Michael Papale ... music supervisor
Tim Sexton ... executive in charge of music (as Timothy R. Sexton)

Other crew

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Joanie Blum ... script supervisor
Ron Cobb ... laser technology
Brad Dechter ... source arrangements
Joan Eisenberg ... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Judith Gill ... production coordinator
Jan Walker ... assistant to producer
Robert J. Woodhead ... hacking consultant
Craig Miller ... marketing consultant (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)
  • Prawdziwy geniusz (Poland)
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  • 108 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia When Laslo 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: You know, um, something strange happened to me this morning...
Chris Knight: Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?
Mitch: No...
Chris Knight: Why am I the only one who has that dream?
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