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Disturbing Behavior (1998)

The new kid in Cradle Bay, Washington stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens.

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David Nutter

Writer:

Scott Rosenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Marsden ... Steve Clark
Katie Holmes ... Rachel Wagner
Tobias Mehler ... Andy Effkin
Nick Stahl ... Gavin Strick
Steve Railsback ... Officer Cox
Bruce Greenwood ... Dr. Edgar Caldicott
Katharine Isabelle ... Lindsay Clark
William Sadler ... Dorian Newberry
Ethan Embry ... Allen Clark
Terry David Mulligan ... Nathan Clark
Susan Hogan ... Cynthia Clark
A.J. Buckley ... Charles 'Chug' Roman
Robert Moloney ... Ferry Guy
Derek Hamilton ... Trent Whalen
Dan Zukovic ... Mr. Rooney
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Storyline

After the suicide of the teenager Allen Clark, his family decides to move from Chicago to the quiet Cradle Bay Island seeking a peaceful life for the siblings Steve and Lindsay Clark. When Steve joins the local high-school, the outcast Gavin Strick befriends Steve and introduces his also rejected friend Rachel Wagner to the newcomer. Gavin exposes to Steve in the refectory the punks, the nerds and the different tribes of the school and he defends the weird theory that a sinister force changes the behavior of the annoyingly perfect "Blue Ribbons", a group of good students that wear identical jackets and gather in the Yogurt Shoppe. Further he tells that he had witnessed the blue ribbon Andy Efkin killing their schoolmate Mary Jo that is missing and the local Officer Cox covering the murder. Steve does not believe on Gavin words, but when his friend is submitted to the treatment of Dr. Edgar Caldicott and immediately changes his behavior, joining the Blue Ribbons, Steve and Rachel ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, language, and drug content | See all certifications »

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MGM | MGM

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Australia | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perturbados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,007,714, 26 July 1998

Gross USA:

$17,514,980

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,514,980
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Flagpole Sitta, by Harvey Danger, is the song that plays as James Marsden and Katie Holmes escape the asylum; this is also the theme tune to the British comedy series Peep Show. See more »

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When Steve finds and bonds with the janitor in the basement boiler room, Steve asks, "What the hell is going on around here?". In the janitor's explanation, he describes a fatal car crash. He says that 4 teenagers "got properly squiffed on Daddy's gin", but then moments later, while describing the crash, says that beer cans covered the road "as far as the eye could see". See more »

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Dorian Newberry: Do good things, lunch boy.
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Crazy Credits

Voices at the end of the credits say Main Commands of Dr. Caldicott's Program: "Let the light get into you... yes, slowly". BETTY CALDICOTT: "Meet the musical little creatures that hide among the flowers". LORNA LONGLEY: "Treat yourself". See more »

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DVD version features 11 deleted scenes, including an alternate ending where Gavin meets a different fate than the theatrical ending. See more »

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Hole In My Soul
Written by Matt Caisley and Ted Hutt
Performed by Hutt
Courtesy of Trauma Records
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Decent late night fun
7 September 2006 | by markoparabuckiSee all my reviews

I caught this film on a late night TV slot (around 1:00). Since it was an evening of surprisingly watchable movies up until then (Michael Chrictons 'Runaway' & Clint Eastwoods 'White hunter, black heart') this mix of teeny horror and x-files type paranoia sci-fi was just the kind of icing on the cake I needed before finally calling it a night.

Even though it obviously suffers from some plot holes and studio interference, I must say that I still found it much better than other late 90's 'Scream' influenced (and included) teen horror revival stuff. Sci-fi element was, even though lacking in any deeper explanation, believable enough, especially the part with problems arising due to puberty related hormone/neurotransmitter surges (i.e. Lorna's sexual turn violent outburst at Steve's house) etc.

All in all, not really a shining example of cinematic art but still bearable enough for a late night entertainment.


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