|Val Kilmer||Chris Knight|
|Gabe Jarret||Mitch Taylor|
|William Atherton||Prof. Jerry Hathaway|
|Jonathan Gries||Lazlo Hollyfeld|
|Patti D'Arbanville||Sherry Nugil|
When science whiz Mitch Taylor arrives at Pacific Tech as a freshman, he's paired up with genius senior Chris Knight to work on a laser project. Mitch initially doesn't care for Knight's slacker attitude, but is eventually won over, and their friendship allows them to make new progress on the laser project. It's only when the boys learn that the government intends to use the laser as a weapon that they start to question what they've actually been working for.