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Disturbing Behavior (1998)

The new kid in Cradle Bay, Washington stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens.

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David Nutter

Writer:

Scott Rosenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Marsden ... Steve Clark
Katie Holmes ... Rachel Wagner
Tobias Mehler ... Andy Effkin
Nick Stahl ... Gavin Strick
Steve Railsback ... Officer Cox
Bruce Greenwood ... Dr. Edgar Caldicott
Katharine Isabelle ... Lindsay Clark
William Sadler ... Dorian Newberry
Ethan Embry ... Allen Clark
Terry David Mulligan ... Nathan Clark
Susan Hogan ... Cynthia Clark
A.J. Buckley ... Charles 'Chug' Roman
Robert Moloney ... Ferry Guy
Derek Hamilton ... Trent Whalen
Dan Zukovic ... Mr. Rooney
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After the suicide of the teenager Allen Clark, his family decides to move from Chicago to the quiet Cradle Bay Island seeking a peaceful life for the siblings Steve and Lindsay Clark. When Steve joins the local high-school, the outcast Gavin Strick befriends Steve and introduces his also rejected friend Rachel Wagner to the newcomer. Gavin exposes to Steve in the refectory the punks, the nerds and the different tribes of the school and he defends the weird theory that a sinister force changes the behavior of the annoyingly perfect "Blue Ribbons", a group of good students that wear identical jackets and gather in the Yogurt Shoppe. Further he tells that he had witnessed the blue ribbon Andy Efkin killing their schoolmate Mary Jo that is missing and the local Officer Cox covering the murder. Steve does not believe on Gavin words, but when his friend is submitted to the treatment of Dr. Edgar Caldicott and immediately changes his behavior, joining the Blue Ribbons, Steve and Rachel ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In Cradle Bay... there's nothing more frightening than perfection. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, language, and drug content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perturbados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,070,714, 26 July 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,411,331, 27 September 1998
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dorian Newberry has a copy of "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut in his pocket. In Vonnegut's short story "Harrison Bergeron", the plot involves mind control in the form of head bands to obtain equality. See more »

Goofs

Right after the altercation in the English classroom, we see a shot of the chalkboard, and the teacher has misspelled the word "tomorrow," using two "m"s instead of one. See more »

Quotes

Randi Sklar - Blue Ribbon: Why don't you make like a tree and leave?
Gavin Strick: Clever girl.
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Crazy Credits

Voices at the end of the credits say Main Commands of Dr. Caldicott's Program: "Let the light get into you... yes, slowly". BETTY CALDICOTT: "Meet the musical little creatures that hide among the flowers". LORNA LONGLEY: "Treat yourself". See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD version features 11 deleted scenes, including an alternate ending where Gavin meets a different fate than the theatrical ending. See more »

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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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Monster Side
Written by Mark Aston, James Denham, Nicholaj Juel and Luke Bullen
Performed by Addict
Courtesy of V2 Records
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Disturbing Behavior by an Overzealous Editor
21 February 2010 | by Mr_CensoredSee all my reviews

A sci-fi/horror flick aimed at the "Scream" crowd, "Disturbing Behavior" concerns at idyllic coastal town where everything seems just a bit too peachy. The local high school is populated by picture perfect teens who, despite their wholesome love of yogurt, tend to get a little trigger happy when the hormones start flying. When the new kid in town (Jason Marsden) stumbles upon a dark secret, it's up to him and a few other mistfits (Nick Stahl, Katie Holmes) to shut down the powers that be.

There's loads of potential in this film that is, unfortunately, never capitalized upon. You can thank the editing department for that one. If the deleted scenes are any evidence, this movie was trimmed and dumbed down to the point of no recognition. While the uninterrupted flow makes for an easy, breezy viewing, the overall story lacks substance and coherence. Its 84 minute running time, in turn, is a redeeming feature.

The director, David Nutter, spends much of the film building up ample amounts of atmosphere and is aided wonderfully by a brilliant score by fellow "X-Files" alumnus Mark Snow as well as some striking scenery thanks to it's Vancouver location. So, the film isn't a complete waste. You'll get some kicks out of the dialog and while Katie Holmes in particular isn't given much to do, she at least looks good in skimpy outfits while doing so. Also, it's hard to hate on a movie that is of a more intelligent cut than the other teen-geared fare being produced in its time. The movie at least aims high, and even when it doesn't quite reach, it never bores.

A passable sci-fi teen romp, "Disturbing Behavior" is entertaining late-night fodder that, surprisingly, will inspire repeat viewings. It's a shame, though, to think of how much better the whole could have been.


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