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Zapped! (1982)

A high school science nerd gains telekinetic powers after a laboratory accident and uses them for revenge upon bullies.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Baio ... Barney Springboro
Willie Aames ... Peyton Nichols
Robert Mandan ... Walter J. Coolidge
Felice Schachter ... Bernadette
Scatman Crothers ... Dexter Jones
Roger Bowen ... Mr. Springboro
Mews Small ... Mrs. Springboro (as Marya Small)
Greg Bradford ... Robert Wolcott
Hilary Beane ... Corrine Updike
Sue Ane Langdon ... Rose Burnhart
Heather Thomas ... Jane Mitchell
Hardy Keith Hardy Keith ... Roscoe Brown
Curt Ayers Curt Ayers ... Art
Merritt Butrick ... Gary Cooter
Jennifer Chaplin Jennifer Chaplin ... Melissa Granger
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Storyline

Barney Springboro and Peyton Nichols are fun-loving high school students working on a science project with white mice. When one of the mice begins to move food toward itself with out touching it, Barney finds he has accidentally discovered a formula for telekinetic powers. Now, how much trouble can a high school kid who can move things with just his mind get into? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

The comedy that won't let you down! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wiz Kid See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$823,548, 25 July 1982

Gross USA:

$16,897,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,897,768
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's closing credits state: "Thanks to Bob Rehme; Beverly Reardon; Art; Dot; Larry; Marijane; Belle; Barry; Barbara; Schutt; Rachel; Becky; Karen; Frank Capra Jr..; Mike Finnell; Joel Goldman; M. B.; Ken; Jonathan; Haig Manoogian; Cathy Waterman; Jerry M.; The Gladstones; Family and Friends." See more »

Goofs

Objects in a fish tank are magnified but when a model space ship flies through a fish tank here it appears smaller. See more »

Quotes

Peyton Nichols: Barn, sometimes life is like an onion. When you peel it, it makes you cry.
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Crazy Credits

Actor Robert Mandan's character is called "Walter Coolidge" during the movie but in the closing credits the character is named "Walter Johnson". See more »

Alternate Versions

The movie was re-shot to add nudity to achieve an R rating, mostly the sex scene with Barney and Bernadette. See more »

Connections

References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Updike's Theme
Written by Robert Incorvaia (uncredited) and Joe Esposito (uncredited)
Performed by Robert Incorvaia and Joe Esposito
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If Things Had Only Gone This Well For Carrie
10 November 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Zapped secured the services of three current teen stars to guarantee a box office for this comedic salute to Carrie. The three are Scott Baio from Happy Days, Willie Aames from Eight Is Enough, and Felice Schachter from The Facts Of Life. Would that things had only gone this well for Carrie on her prom night.

Nerdy kid Scott Baio, a misunderstood science genius, gets some kind of chemicals mixed due to baseball coach Scatman Crothers spilling something and a noxious gas overtakes him in the laboratory in school. When he wakes up he finds himself with the power of telekinesis. After that it's one ridiculous situation after another.

One thing about this film, except for the three leads nearly everyone else in the movie is a blithering idiot. Other kids, teachers, Baio's parents, Scatman Crothers is an exception. Best scene in the film is on prom night Baio's parents get a couple of priests to perform an exorcism on him.

As for the prom, the scene is strictly a takeoff on Brian DePalma's Carrie with the damage played for laughs instead of violence. Typical brat pack comedy by three who were trying to break into the pack. Some funny scenes, but mostly kind of dopey.


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