When 15-year-old science genius Mitch Taylor (Gabe Jarrett) is recruited by the pompous Professor Hathaway (William Atherton) to be part of a special research team, he has no idea he will be working on a top secret military weapon. Enrolling at Pacific Tech College, he meets his fellow whiz kid classmates, including infamous senior Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), whose intelligence and irreverent behavior are legendary; they become roommates, despite their different approaches to life. When Hathaway threatens to expel Chris for bad behavior, the two brains join forces to finish the special laser project before it is too late, in the process unveiling secrets about the project that inspire them to plot an elaborate revenge.
William Atherton - American Actor
Martha Coolidge - American Director
Brian Grazer - Producer
Neal Israel - Director, BACHELOR PARTY/Phil of the Future
Michelle Meyrink - Actress/"Nice Girls..."
Val Kilmer - American Actor
Richard Chew - Editor
Thomas Newman - Composer
Vilmos Zsigmond - Hungarian Director of Photography
William Zsigmond - Hungarian Director of Photography
Peter Torokvei - Screenwriter
Gabe Jarret - Actor/"Real Genius"
An unscrupulous college professor, Hathaway (William Atherton), recruits several highly intelligent students for an advanced science project without telling them that it will be used by the military as a powerful weapon. The newest recruit, Mitch (Gabe Jarrett), and the star senior whiz kid, Chris Knight (Val Kilmer), join forces to finish the project, but when the kids learn that they are being used, they decide to exact revenge--and hell hath no fury like a bunch of geniuses scorned.
"...[The] performances are a plus with Kilmer energetic and enjoyable to watch and Jarret endearingly sincere..." - 08/07/1985 Variety
"...REAL GENIUS lives up to its title....There are laughs amid serious implications, a high level of inventiveness and a thicket of scientific nomenclature..." - 08/08/1985 Los Angeles Times, p.C7
"...An amusing comedy..." - 06/21/2002 USA Today, p.5E