Masterminds (1997)




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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.
PG-13 (violence, language)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Patrick Stewart
as Ralph Bentley
Vincent Kartheiser
as Ozzie Paxton
Brenda Fricker
as Claire Maloney
Bradley Whitford
as Miles Lawrence
Matt Craven
as Jake Paxton
Annabelle Gurwitch
as Helen Paxton
Katie Stuart
as Melissa Randall
Michael MacRae
as Foster Deroy
Earl Pastko
as Captain Jankel
Michael David Simms
as Colonel Duke
Teryl Rothery
as Ms. Saunders
Philip Granger
as Happy Boy
Andrew Kavadas
as Happy Boy
Lauro Chartrand
as Happy Boy
Charles Andre
as Happy Boy
Alan Van Sprang
as Happy Boy
Nino Caratozzolo
as Happy Boy
Bruce Pinard
as Happy Boy Guard
April Telek
as Sexy Girl
Steve Makaj
as Captain Majors
Jay Brazeau
as Eliot
Douglas Newell
as Science Teacher
Kimberly Unger
as Flight Attendant
Pamela Sue Martin
as Female TV Reporter
Andrew Wheeler
as Bank Officer
Merrett Green
as Male TV Reporter
Michael Benyaer
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Masterminds

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

One of the silliest hostage thrillers you're ever likely to see Patrick Stewart vamp his way through.

April 2, 2005

The title could not be a more ironic--the people behind this film don't have a single mind between them, let alone one to master.

Full Review… | January 11, 2004

, Ozzie eases into being a hero by doing what he does best naturally.

Full Review… | February 27, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Nothing more than an uneasy and familiar mix of loud music, explosions and forced one-liners, all leading to a been-there-done-that family reconciliation.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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Full Review… | October 12, 2010
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July 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for Masterminds

I love this movie. This movie is not a type of movie you should take seriously, because it is not Oscar winning. What this movie is, is a fun adventure that will entertain you. I watched this movie as a kid and today I still love it. Unfortunately, this movie was never released to dvd, so I watch it on my vhs player I still own because movies like this will not be released again. I believe this movie to be a hidden gem. Yes it has flaws but what movie doesn't? I get excited when I find another person who has seen this movie because I believe it to become lost in movie culture.

Jessica Roehm
Jessica Roehm

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)

Adam R
Adam R

Very boring Movie.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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