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Masterminds (1997)

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Trapped in a school in which a gang of criminals has siezed control, a young troublemaker fights a cat and mouse battle from inside.

Director:

Roger Christian

Writers:

Floyd Byars (story), Alex Siskin (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Bentley
Vincent Kartheiser ... Ozzie
Brenda Fricker ... Principal Maloney
Bradley Whitford ... Miles (as Brad Whitford)
Matt Craven ... Jake
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Helen
Jon Abrahams ... K-Dog
Katie Stuart ... Melissa
Michael MacRae ... Deroy
Callum Keith Rennie ... Ollie
Earl Pastko Earl Pastko ... Captain Jankel
Jason Schombing ... Marvin
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Colonel Duke
David Avalon ... Ferret (as David Paul Grove)
Akiko Morison ... Janet
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Storyline

Oz, a rebellious teenager who just got expelled from his preppy school, returns for one final prank. But, as he goes to the basement to set things up, he stumbles upon a security consultant/former school employee who just took the entire school hostage for millions in ransom. Oz must rely on his youth and love for pranks to outwit the devious criminal mastermind. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The criminal mastermind of the century just met his match...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence included in a children hostage situation, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ozzie(Vincent Kartheiser) illegally downloaded scream 2 on his computer before the movie came out in order for him and his friend K-Dog (Jon Abrahams) to sell it to other students in their school. Jon Abrahams ended up being Bobby in Scary movie(2000). His character was a spoof of Skeet Ulrich's character Billy in the movie scream(1996). Scary movie was the original title for scream until it was changed. See more »

Goofs

When Ozzie uses the computer in Shady Glen's computer room, the scene is reused from the start of the film. (When he's "hacking" the website.) See more »

Quotes

Ozzie: Take another step! You'll regret it.
[Happy Boy #7 takes a step]
Happy Boy #7: Now what are you gonna do about it?
Ozzie: You know, coal is still one of our most abundant natural resources.
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Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

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No Regrets
Written by Phil Vassil & James Mazlen
Performed by Vibrolush
Courtesy of Iguana Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Action and violence w/o any deaths
21 May 2001 | by DrEbertSee all my reviews

One of the things I liked about MASTERMINDS, and parents will probably like this too, is that there is lots of shooting and explosions and all kinds of action. But the body count continuously remains at zero! Like someone said before, this is DIE HARD for kids. (It follows almost the exact plotline)

Overall, great movie, especially for kids 10-15.

4/5


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smart Alec See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,014,606, 24 August 1997

Gross USA:

$1,935,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,935,539
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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