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Masterminds (1997)

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Trapped in a school 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 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, that 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...


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

Gross USA:

$1,890,472, 7 September 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kelsey Grammer was the original choice for the villain. See more »

Goofs

When Ozzie is skateboarding through the basement toward the electrical box, a crew member is seen to the right slowly crouching out of the way. See more »

Quotes

Deroy: So this vest really works, huh?
Cop: Sure. It's Swiss. It takes any caliber of bullet short of a Howitzer. Try to take it in the chest if you can.
Deroy: Take it in the chest. You're kidding.
Cop: The vest is not nearly as effective if you get shot in the face.
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Connections

References Die Hard (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

What Do I Have To Do?
Written by Christopher Hall / Jim Sellers / Walter Flakus / Andy Kubiszewski
Performed by Stabbing Westward
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Technologically literate teen comedy
30 March 1999 | by DFC-2See all my reviews

All right, the plot IS stupid. There are, however, very few films that treat computer work and technology at all well, even fewer show a realistic malcontent teen as a hero, and both Stewart and Kartheiser do an excellent job within the limits of the material.


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