Minutemen (film)

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Minutemen
MinuteMenDVD.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byLev L. Spiro
Produced byDouglas Sloan
Written byJohn Killoran (Teleplay)
David Diamond
David Weissman (Story)
StarringJason Dolley
Luke Benward
Nicholas Braun
Chelsea Kane
J.P. Manoux
Steven R. McQueen
Kara Crane
Music byNathan Wang
Production companySalty Pictures
Budget$5 million
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelDisney Channel
Release dateJanuary 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)[1]
Running time90 minutes
 
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Minutemen
MinuteMenDVD.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byLev L. Spiro
Produced byDouglas Sloan
Written byJohn Killoran (Teleplay)
David Diamond
David Weissman (Story)
StarringJason Dolley
Luke Benward
Nicholas Braun
Chelsea Kane
J.P. Manoux
Steven R. McQueen
Kara Crane
Music byNathan Wang
Production companySalty Pictures
Budget$5 million
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelDisney Channel
Release dateJanuary 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)[1]
Running time90 minutes

Minutemen is a 2008 science-fiction Disney Channel Original Movie.[2] The movie was the most viewed program on cable for the week, with 6.48 million viewers.[3]

The film was written by John Killoran (writing the teleplay) and David Diamond and David Weissman (writing the story) and directed by Lev L. Spiro, who received a Director's Guild nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programs for it.[4] Andrew Gunn, Ann Marie Sanderlin and Doug Sloan are the executive producers.[2] The movie was originally slated for release in March 2008,[5] however, the movie premiered on Disney Channel in United States on January 25, 2008.[6]

Plot[edit]

On the first day of high school, best friends Virgil Fox (Jason Dolley), Derek Beaugard (Steven R. McQueen) and Stephanie Jameson (Chelsea Kane) decide to begin their paths by trying out for various activities. While Derek tries for the football team and Stephanie begins cheerleading, Virgil's high school career takes a bad turn. Charlie Tuttle (Luke Benward), a genius who skipped many grades, rockets onto the field on a rocket-propelled car, losing control until Derek throws a football at him and knocks him off. Virgil defends Charlie while Derek just sits by. Virgil and Charlie are forced to dress as cheerleaders and are hung on the school mascot's, a bighorn sheep, horns.

Three years later, senior year, Virgil and Charlie are still outcasts. Charlie informs Virgil that he has brilliantly invented a time machine. Unaware of how to build the time machine, the duo recruits Zeke (Nicholas Braun). When the time machine is built, Virgil, still regretting the first day of high school, decides that he would like to use the machine to undo embarrassing mistakes made by their classmates. They test the time machine out by buying a winning lottery ticket.

Jeanette (Kara Crane) helps the trio save outcasts from social embarrassment by providing them with white snowsuits to wear and handles the machine while the boys are time-traveling. The school's vice-principal (J.P. Manoux) attempts to stop the "Snowsuit Guys", the name everybody knows them by.

After the "Snowsuit Guys" are named local heroes, they save Stephanie from falling off her cheerleader's pyramid. Recognizing one of them as Virgil, Stephanie confronts Virgil and he is finally allowed to hang out with the popular kids. The time machine eventually begins to cause terrible consequences, however. The outcasts have become popular and have let it go to their heads. Virgil abandons Charlie and Zeke. Meanwhile, Stephanie learns that Derek is cheating on her and Derek falsely befriends Virgil to get him to change everything with the time machine.

The FBI arrives in the town after monitoring suspicious activity. Virgil and Zeke learn that Charlie had stolen the time machine blueprints from the NASA mainframe. After consulting with the government's top scientists, Charlie learns that the time machine has created a black hole. With only hours to live, the trio decide to go into the hole and close it, with Jeanette kissing Charlie.

Once they have entered the black hole, they are transported back to their first day of high school. Virgil realizes that he can undo the events that caused him to lose his popularity. When he arrives at the field to stop the humiliating incident, Charlie bitterly tells him that although Virgil hates this day, it's Charlie's favorite day as it's the day they became friends. Charlie and Zeke leave Virgil to make a decision about what he wants to do. As Virgil watches the incident unfold, he discovers that Derek betrayed him by suggesting to the other teenagers to put lipstick on Virgil and Charlie. Having come to his senses, Virgil then reunites with Charlie and Zeke.

They manage to close the black hole and return to the day when they first tried time-traveling. Everything goes back to normal and Charlie kisses Jeanette, shocking her and causing Zeke to remind Charlie that they didn't kiss before that point. While Charlie tries to explain, its shown that Jeanette, who has a crush on Charlie, is secretly happy. After that, Virgil confesses his feelings towards Stephanie (and she for him). Virgil confronts Derek and realizes that Derek will always be a jerk. As Virgil and Stephanie embrace, Charlie walks up to them and eagerly suggests a new idea: Teleportation, but Virgil and Zeke drag him off, shouting "It's global warming!" and the credits roll.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Disney Channel first released an official press via its press release website DisneyChannelMedianet.com on July 14, 2007 to confirm the production of Minutemen. The lead star, plot, writers, director and executive producers of this movie was also announced in this press. In addition, another 2008 DCOM named Camp Rock, scheduled to begin production in August 2007, was also confirmed in the same press.[2]

Location[edit]

Minutemen was filmed at Murray High School. Murray High School was also the set of: Take Down (1978), Read It and Weep (2006), the auditorium scene of High School Musical (2006), and High School Musical: Get in the Picture (2008). Filming also took place at Highland High School located in Sugar House.

Featured music[edit]

The first single of the movie, "Run It Back Again" by Corbin Bleu was released January 22, 2008 on Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 10 and its music video premiered on Disney Channel. Another single titled "Like Whoa" from Aly & AJ began airing January 19, 2008 around the world, as a music video on Disney Channel. The song could be purchased on album, Insomniatic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Disney Channel MediaNet
  2. ^ a b c "Production Begins on "Minutemen" and "Camp Rock", Disney Channel Original Movies for 2008" (Press release). Disney Channel Medianet Press. 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  3. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2008/01/29/top-cable-jan-21-27-minutemen-wins-for-disney/2515/
  4. ^ "McQueen on clock for Dis' 'Minutemen'". Hollywood Reporter. 2007-12-06. Archived from the original on 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  5. ^ 'Cory in the House' Actor Leads New Disney Movie
  6. ^ [1] It premiered with 6.48 million viewers.

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