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Martha Coolidge directed this comedy taking place at fictional Pacific Tech, concerning incoming freshman Mitch (Gabe Jarret), a high school student whose Science Fair project made important inroads into laser beam technology. Mitch has been recruited by famed physics professor Hathaway (William Atherton), who asks Mitch to work in his laboratory. On campus, Mitch becomes roommates with the brilliant Chris Knight ([[Performer~P38142~Val Kilmer~valkilmer]]), legendary as the smartest freshman in the history of the college; but now, as a senior, he is less interested in his studies and more interested in having fun. It turns out that Hathaway is enlisting his students, unbeknownst to them, as a slave labor force to do research in developing a state-of-the-art laser device for the Defense Department (he uses his government grant funds to build a house). But Chris and Mitch begin to suspect that something is amiss with Hathaway's project. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 7, 1985


Val Kilmer
as Chris Knight
Gabe Jarret
as Mitch Taylor
Michelle Meyrink
as Jordan
William Atherton
as Prof. Hathaway
Jon Gries
as Lazlo Hollyfeld
Patti D'Arbanville
as Sherry Nugil
Stacy Peralta
as Shuttle Pilot
Marii Mak
as Girl at Party
Deborah Foreman
as Susan
Marcia Karr
as Cornell's Girl at Party
Lynda Wiesmeier
as Chris' Girl at Party
Monte Landis
as Dr. Dodd
Randolph Dreyfuss
as Cornell
Martin Gundersen
as Math Professor
James Carrington
as Air Force Major
Charles Sweigart
as Air Force Gate Guard
Penny Baker
as Ick's Girl at Party
Dan Ades
as Laser Ray Victim
Robert Prescott
as Kent
Dean Devlin
as Milton
Isabelle Cooley
as TV Stage Manager
Ed Lauter
as CIA Man Decker
Janet Hirshenson
Mark Kamiyama
as "Ick" Ikagami
Cheri Wells
as Girl at Party
Michael Crabtree
as Air Force Gate Guard
Corki Grazer
as Air Force Sergeant
Joe Dorsey
as Congressman
Andres Aybar
as Bartender
Ed Garrabrandt
as TV Makeup Man
Yuji Okumoto
as Fenton
Sandy Martin
as Mrs. Meredith
Sean Frye
as Boy at Science Fair
Johnny Vasily
as Student
Tommy Swerdlow
as Bodie
Joanne Baron
as Mrs. Taylor
Jeanne Mori
as Laser Technician
Paul Tulley
as Mr. Taylor
Ina Gould
as Old Lady
Robin Stober
as Waitress
Will Knox
as Laser Specialist
Peter Parros
as Air Force Gate Guard
David Marvit
as Student in Hall
Charles Shull
as Air Force General
Jane Jenkins
Beau Billingslea
as George
David Ursin
as Engineer
Severn Darden
as Dr. Meredith
Michael Backes
as Air Force Controller
Louis Giambalvo
as Maj. Carnagle


Martha Coolidge
Brian Grazer
Pat Proft
Peter Torokvei
Neal Israel
Lawrence Konner
Vilmos Zsigmond
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Arthur Coburn
Richard Chew
Darin Knight
Sound/Sound Designer
Debby Porter
Zoltan Elek