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Cheaters (2000)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 20 May 2000
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Eleven students conspire with their teacher to cheat on an academic competition.

Director:

John Stockwell

Writer:

John Stockwell
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Dr. Gerard Plecki
Jena Malone ... Jolie Fitch
Paul Sorvino ... Constantine Kiamos
Luke Edwards ... Darius Bettus
Blake Heron ... Matt Kur
Dov Tiefenbach ... Irwin Flickas
Dan Warry-Smith ... Paul Kurgan
Anna Raj Anna Raj ... Agnieska Maryniarczyk
Dominik Podbielski Dominik Podbielski ... Dominik Wesolowski
Ned Eisenberg ... Robert Clifford
Robert Joy ... Larry Minkoff
Lenka Peterson ... Mrs. Plecki
Alex Poch-Goldin ... Jerry Marconi (as Alex Poch Goldin)
Karen Glave ... Corrine Davis
Marcia Bennett ... Joan Isenberg
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Storyline

In the fall of 1994, a teacher at Chicago's run-down Steinmetz High recruits seven students for an academic decathlon team. They work long hours, preparing for the February regional event, won for ten straight years by a privileged, preppy school. Steinmetz finishes just well enough to be invited to the state meet. When a team member steals a copy of the state test, the teacher and kids face a dilemma: to remain honest, or to cheat and score a victory for kids in underfunded schools. When they do well, they must face a withering barrage of investigations, accusations, lawyers' lies, and reporters' intrusions. Is it all worth it? What lessons does cheating teach? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Putting The System To The Test

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Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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During filming, director John Stockwell and his production crew discovered that they were prohibited from entering the real-life Steinmetz High School just to film on location in the building. Therefore, even though they were unwelcomed and uninvited on the campus grounds, they managed to film the outside front of the building. Most of the filming took place inside a Toronto high school, which was used in place of the real school. See more »

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When Dr. Plecki and the students are watching "Stand and Deliver" at his house, the scenes from that movie are shown out of order in "Cheaters". See more »

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Jolie Fitch: Dr. Plecki is amazing. He's a really good teacher.
Darius Bettus: Well, what's he doing here?
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Features Stand and Deliver (1988) See more »

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Written by Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley
Performed by Portishead
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When there is no "competition," there is no such thing as cheating.
29 May 2001 | by VicDawgSee all my reviews

I am not normally one to post a review unless its a movie I hate (check out my review of Titanic), but after reading some ignorant reviews posted by people who have obviously never had to live in the type of environment that these kids had to, I decided to put things into perspective. I, myself, live in an empoverished area full of minorities. Poverty + Minorities = no one giving a rats ass about you. What these kids did was far more important than a simple academic decathlon, what they did was throw a brick through the window of the owner's box.

When you pit the rich against the poor, the rich will always win. There is no competition. And where there is no competition, there is no cheating.

Anyone who believes that this film glorifies dishonesty and deceit is part of the problem.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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