Weird Science

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Overview

John Hughes' third directorial effort, Weird Science, follows in the tradition of his previous teen-centered films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith play the wannabe hipster Gary and his nebbish weak-willed best friend, Wyatt, a pair of high-school geeks who are hapless with members of the opposite sex. Using Wyatt's computer, they create what they believe is the ideal woman. A lightning storm brings that woman to life, and she takes the form of Kelly Le Brock. ...
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Overview

John Hughes' third directorial effort, Weird Science, follows in the tradition of his previous teen-centered films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith play the wannabe hipster Gary and his nebbish weak-willed best friend, Wyatt, a pair of high-school geeks who are hapless with members of the opposite sex. Using Wyatt's computer, they create what they believe is the ideal woman. A lightning storm brings that woman to life, and she takes the form of Kelly Le Brock. Lisa sets about building their self-confidence, but trouble begins brewing when Wyatt's cruel, military-minded older brother, Chet Bill Paxton, begins to realize that something is not as it should be. Hughes would finish his cycle of high-school themed films with his next movie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide
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Special Features

It's Alive Resurrecting Weird Science - Stars Anthony Michael Hall and John Kapelos reflect on the making of Weird Science in this 4-part retrospective documentary! Take an inside look at the music, fashion and hilarious characters in the teen comedy about everyone's favorite computer nerds; Weird Science tv pilot episode: "She's Alive"; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Along with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, Weird Science helped establish John Hughes as king of '80s teenybopper comedy, though this immature, wish-fulfillment fantasy is clearly meant for the boys. Given his first opportunity to really carry a movie, Anthony Michael Hall does not disappoint, playing the kind of smart-alecky loveable loser that everyone knew back in high school. Ilan-Mitchell Smith, never really heard from again after this movie, is the more sensitive half of the underdog pair, who have a great time learning from the English babe (Kelly LeBrock) they improbably conceive through a combination of computer programs and glamour magazine cut-outs. Unapologetically sophomoric, the film earns its enduring appeal with a number of gonzo set pieces, most notably the climactic party that's interrupted by a biker gang out of Mad Max, which Gary and Wyatt must overcome to win their keep. Weird Science throws together a goofy mixture of sci-fi, teenage sex fantasy, and high school satire to earn guilty grins from beginning to end. As in his other hits from this era, Hughes' screenplay is endlessly quotable. Credit also goes to the memorable supporting performances turned in by Robert Downey Jr., offering up an early version of his trademark dismissive flamboyance; Britt Leach and Barbara Lang as Gary's hilariously spellbound parents; and, in a scene-stealing turn that's assumed classic status, Bill Paxton as Chet, Wyatt's bullying military brother, who takes sadistic pleasure in making the boys squirm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • UPC: 025195025331
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Slip Sleeve
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,095

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Michael Hall Gary
Ilan Mitchell-Smith Wyatt
Kelly LeBrock Lisa
Bill Paxton Chet Donnelly
Suzanne Snyder Deb
Judie Aronson Hilly
Robert Downey Jr. Ian
Robert Rusler Max
Jennifer Balgobin Biker Girl
Ivor Barry Henry
Michael Berryman Mutant Biker
Phillip Borsos Candy Bar Owner (uncredited)
Jackie Burch
Anne Bernadette Coyle Carmen
Michael Cramer Weenie
D'Mitch Davis Bartender
Robin Frohman Girl in Bathroom
Joe Gieb Blob Operator
Theodocia Goodrich Lingerie Saleswoman
Pamela Gordon Wyatt's Mother
Darren Harris Weenie
Todd Hoffman Weenie
Prince Hughes Party Guest
Steve James Guy at Table
Jeff Jensen Metal Face
John Kapelos Candy Bar Owner
Syzy J. Kellems Gymnast
Barbara Lang Lucy
Britt Leach Al
Rick LeFevour Policeman
Alison Carole Lowe Girl in Upside Down Bathroom
Doug MacHugh Wyatt's Father
Kym Malin Girl Playing Piano
Renee Props Weenie
Mikul Robins Weenie
Fred D. Scott Bar Patron
Mary Steelsmith Girl in Bathroom
Kevin Thompson Blob Operator
Johnny Timko Weenie
Vince Monroe Townsend Bar Patron
Rock Walker Policeman
Wally Ward Weenie
Vernon Wells Lord General
Jill Whitlow Perfume Salesgirl
Chino "Fats" Williams Bar Patron
Technical Credits
John Hughes Director, Producer, Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
James Allen Art Director
David M. Blitstein Special Effects
Jackie Burch Casting
John W. Corso Production Designer
Jerry Evans Choreography
Michael Germain Makeup
Doug Hubbard Special Effects
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Henry M. Lebo Camera Operator
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Roger Lifsey Special Effects
Henry Millar Special Effects
Mike Millar Special Effects
Nick Navarro Set Decoration/Design
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Jennifer Polito Set Decoration/Design
Joel Silver Producer
Michael St. Hilaire Camera Operator
Richard Thompson Special Effects
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott James Wallace Editor
Mark Warner Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Weird Science
1. Women Everywhere [2:25]
2. Main Titles [1:15]
3. To Simulate a Girl [6:50]
4. Cyber Babe [3:47]
5. On the Town [8:06]
6. One Serious Idiot [4:48]
7. The Morning After [3:39]
8. At the Mall [5:44]
9. Gentle Persuasion [6:14]
10. Party! [7:32]
11. Scientific Breakthrough [6:14]
12. Uninvited Guests [3:38]
13. In the Mood [9:30]
14. Here Comes Chet [2:45]
15. Land Speed Record [5:46]
16. Chet Happens [3:46]
17. Nick of Time [2:56]
18. End Titles [4:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Weird Science
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus
      It's Alive!: Resurrecting Weird Science
         Play All
         What Is Weird Science?
         Components - Music and Fashion
         Analyzing Characters
         Stepping Out of the Machinery
      Weird Science TV Pilot Episode
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English 5.1 DTS
         Español
         Français
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Español
         Français
         Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantasy Come True

    This is teen fantasy cinema at it's best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Weird Science is an awesome movie The year it came out was 1985 i was also born in that year Two unpoular guys make a girl on a computer She's beautiful and has magic powers Her name is Lisa This movie is a fanasty but thats whats so cool about it Imange making a girl on a computer It would be so cool This movie is funny It's a really cool movie to watch and love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie of the 80's

    i love this movie its cool and funny two unpoular guys decide to make a girl on their computer and she's beautiful now the two guys are popular and everyone likes them

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    Posted October 15, 2008

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