- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 29, 2012
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: HBO Archives
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2001
"...Surprisingly deft in execution..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Chicago's Steinmetz High School doesn't have a hope of winning the state's academic contest. Their rival -- Whitney Young -- is a winning school that hand-picked its way to the top. But one teacher and his students know they can succeed with the right amount of study, the right application, the right discipline... the right answers. When one of them steals the test papers, the biggest question becomes: should they cheat their way to the trophy? Winning will make or break the rest of their lives, and for the first time they have all the right answers -- except one.
Jeff Daniels (SPEED, ARACHNOPHOBIA) plays a teacher in an inner city Chicago high school whose students get a chance to compete in an academic decathlon. When his students win against a better-funded school, Daniels is pleased as punch... until he finds out they cheated. The resulting media feeding frenzy and disgrace plunge the school into a dramatic reassessment of the situation. Based on a true story.
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