Masterminds (1997)




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Movie Info

A taut and clever thriller aimed at teen audiences, Masterminds follows a battle of wits between a villainous security systems expert who takes the students of an exclusive school hostage in exchange for half billion dollars, and an adolescent computer hacker who is hiding in the basement.

Rating: PG-13 (violence, language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Floyd Byars
On DVD: Jan 6, 1998
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Ralph Bentley

as Ozzie Paxton

as Claire Maloney

as Miles Lawrence

as Jake Paxton

as Helen Paxton

as Melissa Randall

as Foster Deroy

as Captain Jankel

as Colonel Duke

as Ms. Saunders

as Happy Boy

as Happy Boy

as Happy Boy

as Happy Boy

as Happy Boy

as Happy Boy Guard

as Sexy Girl

as Captain Majors

as Eliot

as Science Teacher

as Flight Attendant

as Female TV Reporter

as Bank Officer

as Male TV Reporter

as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Masterminds

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | June 25, 2008
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Masterminds

Very boring Movie.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Quite good that it's sort of a children's production of Die Hard crossed with The Rock, with plenty of violence but no blood or death - which isn't very convincing but at least it protects the PG rating. Patrick Stewart's lip-smacking gusto as the chief bad guy is the film's main asset.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A juvenile thriller about a boy who must rescue his sister and her classmates from the likes of criminals who are holding them for ransom. It's not exactly mind-blowing, but I thought it was OK. (First and only viewing - 8/11/2014)

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