Mitch is one of the youngest students ever accepted to a university known for its programs for geniuses. He’s partnered up with his roommate, science club legend Chris Knight, on a project to develop a high-powered laser. Together with their hyper-kinetic friends, they employ their intellects in the pursuit of bigger blasts, practical jokes, and a deeper understanding of what real genius is. When their final, functional laser is stolen by their teacher for a military weapon, they decide to get even.
Real Genius is a 1985 science fiction comedy film directed by Martha Coolidge. The film’s screenplay was written by Neal Israel, Pat Proft, and Peter Torokvei. It stars Val Kilmer and Gabriel Jarret. The film is set on the campus of Pacific Tech, a technical university similar to Caltech. Chris Knight (Kilmer) is a genius in his senior year working on a chemical laser. Mitch Taylor (Jarret) is a new student on campus who is paired up with Knight to work on the laser.
Real Genius (1985)
Directed by: Martha Coolidge
Starring: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton, Patti D’Arbanville, Jon Gries, Stacy Peralta
Screenplay by: Neal Israel
Production Design by: Josan F. Russo
Cinematography by: Vilmos Zsigmond
Film Editing by: Richard Chew
Art Direction by: Jack G. Taylor Jr.
Set Decoration by: Phil Abramson
Costume Design by: Marla Denise Schlom
Music by: Thomas Newman
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: August 7, 1985