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Masterminds (1997)

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Trapped in a school in which a gang of criminals has siezed control, a young troublemaker fights a cat and mouse battle from inside.

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Roger Christian

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Floyd Byars (story), Alex Siskin (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Stewart ... Bentley
Vincent Kartheiser ... Ozzie
Brenda Fricker ... Principal Maloney
Bradley Whitford ... Miles (as Brad Whitford)
Matt Craven ... Jake
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Helen
Jon Abrahams ... K-Dog
Katie Stuart ... Melissa
Michael MacRae Michael MacRae ... Deroy
Callum Keith Rennie ... Ollie
Earl Pastko Earl Pastko ... Captain Jankel
Jason Schombing ... Marvin
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ... Colonel Duke
David Avalon ... Ferret (as David Paul Grove)
Akiko Morison ... Janet
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Storyline

Oz, a rebellious teenager who just got expelled from his preppy school returns for one final prank. But as he goes to the basement to set things up, he stumbles upon a security consultant, former school employee, that just took the entire school hostage for millions in ransom. Oz must rely on his youth and love for pranks to outwit the devious criminal mastermind. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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The criminal mastermind of the century just met his match...


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Rated PG-13 for violence included in a children hostage situation, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smart Alec See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,014,606, 24 August 1997

Gross USA:

$1,935,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,935,539
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Dolby SR | SDDS (8 channels)

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Bentley (Sir Patrick Stewart) makes his first appearance, he asks Principal Maloney to call him by his first name, "Rafe", to which she immediately replies "Fine". This is a reference to Ralph Fiennes, whose name is pronounced "Rafe Fines." See more »

Goofs

When Bentley grabs the bug from Foster, he yells, "What the hell is this? Foster!" When it shows his face, and he is supposed to be saying, " - the hell is this?" he is just saying, "Foster!" See more »

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Maloney: I've got the rear.
Ozzie: Truer words were never spoken
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Why isn't this on DVD?
11 May 2003 | by llamagirl59See all my reviews

I was one of the few who saw this movie in the theater back in '97. It really made me a fan of Vincent Kartheiser.

This movie is largely recommended for fans of either Kartheiser or Patrick Stewart, and it's surprising that there hasn't been a DVD release (that I've found). Both actors have a huge amount of screen time, and the movie itself looks great visually.

Stewart really camps it up, and appears to have had fun playing "Rafe" as an over-the-top villain. Sometimes the performance goes a little too over, though. Kartheiser did the best he could with the stereotyped "bad boy" image. I thought at first he seemed a little old for the role, but as the movie progressed I couldn't see anyone else in the part.

The movie has been compared to "Toy Soldiers", and also dubbed "Die Hard, Jr." While these elements do seem strong in the movie (plus the need for things to go KABOOM!), it doesn't seem to ruin the fun. Just check reality at the door and not worry about the details.

Could it have been better? Yes. Is it unwatchable? No. Will the adults like it? Maybe (fans of anyone in it especially).

Did I mention I really want this on DVD? Please!


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