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Two brilliant teenagers head a team of young geniuses developing a laser for what they believe is a class project. When they find out that their professor intends to turn their work over to the government for use as a weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.
Who ELSE can turn lasers into light shows, aircraft into armchairs, and high-tech into hijinks?
Title: Real Genius
Release Date: August 07, 1985
Runtime: 108 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Brimstone Pit Rating: 7.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R
MPAA Rating: PG
Val Kilmer ...Chris Knight
Gabriel Jarret ...Mitch Taylor (as Gabe Jarret)
Michelle Meyrink ...Jordan
William Atherton ...Prof. Jerry Hathaway
Jon Gries ...Lazlo Hollyfeld (as Jonathan Gries)
Patti D'Arbanville ...Sherry Nugil
Stacy Peralta ...Shuttle Pilot
Daniel Ades ...Laser Ray Victim
Andres Aybar ...Bartender
Louis Giambalvo ...Maj. Carnagle
Ed Lauter ...David Decker
Charles Shull ...Air Force General
Beau Billingslea ...George
Charles Parks ...Larry
Sean Frye ...Boy at Science Fair
JoAnn Willette ...Girl at Science Fair
Ina Gould ...Old Lady
Nadine Vix ...Student at Science Fair
Paul Tulley ...Mr. Taylor
Joanne Baron ...Mrs. Taylor
Chip Johnson ...Darlington Recruiter
Monte Landis ...Dr. Dodd
Sandy Martin ...Mrs. Meredith
Severn Darden ...Dr. Meredith
Randy Lowell ...Cornell (as Randolph Dreyfuss)
Robert Prescott ...Kent
John Shepherd Reid ...Carter
Tommy Swerdlow ...Bodie (as Tom Swerdlow)
Mark Kamiyama ...'Ick' Ikagami
Martin Gundersen ...Math Professor
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More Movie Taglines:
- Who ELSE can turn lasers into light shows, aircraft into armchairs, and high-tech into hijinks?
- When he gets mad, he doesn't get even... he gets creative.
- MEET CHRIS KNIGHT, THE EINSTEIN OF THE '80'S. He can turn the simple into the simply amazing, and now he turns revenge into high comedy.
- It's yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility.
- Chris Knight: Have you ever seen a body like this before in your life? David Decker: She happens to be my daughter. Chris Knight: Oh. Then I guess you have.
Chris Knight: Sir, let me take this moment to compliment you on your fashion sense, particularly your slippers.
Chris Knight: Do you mind if I name my first child after you? "Dipshit Knight" has a nice ring to it.
Chris Knight: Moles and trolls, moles and trolls, work, work, work, work, work. We never see the light of day. We plan this thing for weeks and all they want to do is study. I'm disgusted. I'm sorry but it's not like me, I'm depressed. There was what, no one at the mutant hamster races, we only had one entry into the Madame Curie look-alike contest and he was disqualified later. Why do I bother?
Professor Hathaway: When you first started at Pacific Tech you were well on your way to becoming another Einstein and then you know what happened? Chris Knight: I got a haircut?
- A scene where Chris floats outside his classroom suspended in a lounge chair attached to several balloons appeared in the preview version but not the release version.
Credited actor Michael Backes is the husband of the director, Martha Coolidge.
The film was inspired and based loosely on actual events at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.
When Hollyfeld sends in a large number of entries to the Frito-Lay contest, he is mirroring the actions of Caltech students Steve Klein, Dave Novikoff and Barry Megdal, who, in 1974, used a similar strategy to win a McDonald's sweepstakes. Their entries came to roughly 1/5th of the total entries and won them a station wagon, $3,000 and $1,500 in food gift certificates.
The writings on the walls in the steam tunnels ("light your way", etc) are references to the game "Wizardry" and it sequels, in which clues can be found scrawled on the walls of the dungeon. The ending credits contain: "Thank to Sir-Tech, for Wizardry". Alternatively, assuming that Real Genius is meant to represent Caltech, the writing on the walls of the steam tunnels could be representative of the real writing on the walls of the real steam tunnels at Caltech.
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