Amazing Stories: Season 2, Episode 2

Miscalculation (29 Sep. 1986)

TV Episode  |  PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
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Nerdy collegiate Phil unsuccessfully tries every trick in the book to meet girls. Then he discovers a potion that makes gorgeous magazine pin-ups spring to life.


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Episode cast overview:
Bert (as Jeffrey Jay Cohen)
Ms. Allure
Galyn Görg ...
Ms. Eyeful
Catherine Gilmour ...
Ms. Awesome
Elisabeth de Turenne ...
Ms. Laura
Rebecca Schaeffer ...
Miss Crowningshield
Wynonna Smith ...
Penelope Sudrow ...
Mousy Girl
Harry Woolf ...
Dr. Blitz
Al Lampkin ...
Cop #1
Alden Millikan ...
Cop #2


Nerdy collegiate Phil unsuccessfully tries every trick in the book to meet girls. Then he discovers a potion that makes gorgeous magazine pin-ups spring to life. Written by Anonymous

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Two of the actresses in this fantasy were coincidentally later murdered in real life Hollywood: Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989 and Lana Clarkson in 2003. Schaeffer played one of the lead character's classmates, while Clarkson played one of the magazine pin-up models who came to life. See more »

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30 November 2006 | by (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

Excellent story told on video. Presented in the true spirit of Amazing stories, that is, the story has many twists and presents true fiction just outside the bounds of reality. I enjoyed this episode a lot. The story starts out slow and believable but turns to fiction rapidly. The viewer is left thinking what will happen next. Directors did a wonderful job of staging this episode with live action characters even though the subject material is not completely believable. This episode is one of my favorites but not necessarily the best of the Amazing Stories series. I was a big fan of the series when it first came out. I was particularly attracted to the opening sequence filled with computer graphics. That graphics was groundbreaking animation for its day and holds my interest today. Spielberg and his staff are at their best in presenting this series.

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