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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

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La grande triche See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based upon the events of the infamous Steinmetz Cheating Scandal that took place at the Illinois Academic Decathlon State Championship in 1995, in which the real-life Dr. Gerald Plecki and his seven students did lose to Whitney Young High School at the Regional Decathlon Championship but mysteriously won the State Championship. Later the students were accused of cheating by the State Decathlon Committee, the Department of Education, and Whitney Young (which lost to Steinmetz at the competition). It was eventually discovered that the students did cheat, although several of the students to this day maintain that they did not. See more »

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Although the scandal took place in 1995, the bottom of the page of the Chicago Sun-Times that Irwin Flickas is looking at clearly states "Vol. 53 No. 11 2000". See more »

Quotes

Darius Bettus: Well, if we could get the tests, I'm sure Whitney Young has them too.
Jolie Fitch: Of course they do. Doesn't the decathlon have their offices at Whitney Young? I mean, you do the math.
Dominik Wesolowski: So, two wrongs would make a right?
Darius Bettus: No. Two wrongs make it even.
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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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Is winning everything?
26 July 2001 | by lib-4See all my reviews

This movie presents a real moral dilemna... should students who have always been thought of as losers take the chance and cheat. The teacher has the toughest decision to make- whether to let his students cheat and what to do if they get caught. Jeff Daniels plays the part well- showing how he is torn- wanting his students to get recognition and wanting to teach them right from wrong. This movie is a very good look at the moral questions we all face in life.


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