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


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