The Outer Limits (1995–2002)
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Straight and Narrow 

Two students discover an academy with an outstanding reputation for taming youthful rebellion is using brain implants to create political assassins.


Joseph L. Scanlan


Joel Metzger

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Episode complete credited cast:
Ryan Phillippe ... Russell 'Rusty' Dobson
Tom Butler ... Dr. Werner
Jonathan Scarfe ... Charlie Walters
Kavan Smith ... Harrison Taylor
Peter Donat ... Principal Kern
Jane MacDougall Jane MacDougall ... Marianne Dobson
Peter Yunker Peter Yunker ... Instructor
Tygh Runyan ... James Scardale
Jabin Litwiniec Jabin Litwiniec ... Student #1
Austin Basile Austin Basile ... Student #2
Arnie Walters ... Committee Member
Paul Hubbard Paul Hubbard ... Officer Scovil
Steve Makaj ... Officer Brown
Campbell Lane ... Roland Baker
Kevin Hansen ... Young Man


Rusty Dotson is not too keen when his mother enrolls him in a private school. The residential academy for boys have a long history of turning troubled boys around many of whom have gone on to outstanding careers. Rusty is rebellious to say the least and doesn't fall into what everyone refers to as "the program". He finds another student who hasn't been brainwashed, Charlie Walters, and they learn that they have had computer chips implanted in their brains. When Rusty realizes the students are being programmed as killers, he is determined to stop them. Written by garykmcd

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23 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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Referring to his mother, Rusty says, "She can play a place like this to take care of the problem" instead of "She can pay a place like this to take care of the problem." See more »

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Outer Limits Gold
23 May 2018 | by krakrazykat18See all my reviews

This is what we watch the series for. Awesome episode. Mini movie full of suspense, anxiety, and evil corporate undermindings, with brain implants into unsuspecting young men in a boarding school where their parents send them to "get with the program". Excellent directing and acting. One of my favorites now!

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