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Disturbing Behavior (1998)

The new kid in town stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens.

Director:

David Nutter

Writer:

Scott Rosenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Marsden ... Steve Clark
Katie Holmes ... Rachel Wagner
Tobias Mehler ... Andy Effkin
Nick Stahl ... Gavin Strick
Steve Railsback ... Officer Cox
Bruce Greenwood ... Dr. Edgar Caldicott
Katharine Isabelle ... Lindsay Clark
William Sadler ... Dorian Newberry
Ethan Embry ... Allen Clark
Terry David Mulligan ... Nathan Clark
Susan Hogan ... Cynthia Clark
A.J. Buckley ... Charles 'Chug' Roman
Robert Moloney ... Ferry Guy
Derek Hamilton ... Trent Whalen
Dan Zukovic ... Mr. Rooney
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Storyline

After the suicide of the teenager Allen Clark, his family decides to move from Chicago to the quiet Cradle Bay Island seeking a peaceful life for the siblings Steve and Lindsay Clark. When Steve joins the local high-school, the outcast Gavin Strick befriends Steve and introduces his also rejected friend Rachel Wagner to the newcomer. Gavin exposes to Steve in the refectory the punks, the nerds and the different tribes of the school and he defends the weird theory that a sinister force changes the behavior of the annoyingly perfect "Blue Ribbons", a group of good students that wear identical jackets and gather in the Yogurt Shoppe. Further he tells that he had witnessed the blue ribbon Andy Efkin killing their schoolmate Mary Jo that is missing and the local Officer Cox covering the murder. Steve does not believe on Gavin words, but when his friend is submitted to the treatment of Dr. Edgar Caldicott and immediately changes his behavior, joining the Blue Ribbons, Steve and Rachel ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, language, and drug content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perturbados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,070,714, 26 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,411,331, 27 September 1998
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The personifications of good and evil in the town are named Newberry and Caldicott, which happen to be the names of the two prestigious book prizes awarded by the American Library Association for Excellence in Children's Books (one for novels and one for picture books). See more »

Goofs

In the early classroom scene with Mr. Rooney, the word "tomorrow" is misspelled as "tommorrow" in "Tomorrow's Assignment" on the chalkboard. It's doubtful that an arrogant English teacher would misspell this word. See more »

Quotes

Chug Roman: Will you go out with me?
Rachel Wagner: No.
Chug Roman: WHY NOT?
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Crazy Credits

Voices at the end of the credits say Main Commands of Dr. Caldicott's Program: "Let the light get into you... yes, slowly". BETTY CALDICOTT: "Meet the musical little creatures that hide among the flowers". LORNA LONGLEY: "Treat yourself". See more »

Connections

References To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Hail Mary
Written by Tim Skold
Performed by Tim Skold (as Skold)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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* * * out of 4.
1 June 2002 | by brandonsites1981See all my reviews

Contemporary horror flick with a standard premise. This flick is about a teen stumbling across an evil conspiracy that is turning the teenagers of a small town into well dressed, well groomed, intelligent students that resort to homicide when angry.

Katie Holmes is totally wasted in a supporting role. Excessive pre-release cutting damaged what could have been one of the best teen horror films of the 90's. This could have been a very emotional, haunting and even touching film with a disturbing ending. What is left now is a teen driven, cold, and chainsaw edited flick with a poor gimmicky ending. Still some signs of intelligent intentions shine through, the performances for the most part are unusually good, and the director does a fine job of building up a paranoid, crazed sense of atmosphere.

Rated R; Violence, Sexual Situations, Nudity, Drug Use, Drinking, and Profanity all involving teenagers.

The original cut would merit a * * *1/2 rating.


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