Meatballs (1979)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  29 June 1979 (USA)
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Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.



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Summer Camp highjinks centered around a camp counselor with a wacky sense of humor. He tries to help the campers have a good time. One camper named Rudy poses a particular challenge as he has a self-esteem problem Written by Robert Svacha <>

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Release Date:

29 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Summer Camp  »

Box Office


CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)


$43,000,000 (USA)

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According to Flixster, a remake of this movie was in development in 2010. A Lionsgate production, John Whitesell was the named director with a screenplay to be written by John Morris and Sean Anders. See more »


When Spaz and Fink are playing tennis they miss the ball several times and it seems to the viewer that the ball is just about to stop bouncing, but a second later the ball is even bouncing higher. See more »


Tripper: Roxanne, I have what doctors call "very active glands." You're the first person I've told, my folks don't even know.
Roxanne: Well, maybe you can have surgery without them knowing.
Tripper: Awww, heck with surgery! Let's wrestle!
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Referenced in Rebelión en el campamento (2006) See more »


Makin' It
Sung by David Naughton
Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren
Courtesy of R.S.O. Records
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The first and best of the MEATBALLS movies!
23 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I caught this on television one day when I was young and loved it. In the 1970's, there were a bunch of lame comedies that tried too hard to be be funny so it this was a nice surprise. It's one of the best comedies of the 1970's and the definitive summer camp comedy thanks to Murrary's excellent comedic performance, which still stands as one of his greatest. This is the film that really got Ivan Reitman noticed as a director. Reitman proves with this movie that he is one of the most talented comedy directors of all time. While this film is hilarious and MEATBALLS 2 is so bad that it's fun, MEATBALLS 3 and MEATBALLS 4 are absolutely dreadful. Recommended for those who enjoyed STRIPES and GHOSTBUSTERS.

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