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Meatballs (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 29 June 1979 (USA)
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 <chisox@azstarnet.com>

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Every summer the cream of America's youth goes to summer camp - and the rest go to Camp Northstar. See more »

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29 June 1979 (USA)  »

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CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)

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$43,000,000 (USA)
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Keith Knight and Peter Hume, who respectively played Fink and The Stomach, died exactly two months apart in real life. Knight died August 22, 2007; Hume died October 22, 2007. See more »

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When they are in the K-Mart parking lot picking up the campers, the buses are Chevrolets and GMC makes. When they get to Camp North-Star the buses have changed to Fords and a Dodge. See more »

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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 Action: Love Sucks (1999) See more »

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Are You Ready for the Summer?
Sung by The North Star Kids Chorus
Written by Norman Gimbel and Elmer Bernstein
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Oh come on, lighten up!
6 February 2005 | by (Gardnerville, Nevada) – See all my reviews

No, it's not Citizen Kane. But would you expect it to be with a name like "Meatballs"? It's the best damn summer camp movie of all the summer camp movies. Does anyone quote "Little Darlings" line by line? Or "Whitewater Summer"?

This is just one of those movies that got into my brain when I was in junior high, and stayed with me all these years. Every time I feel geeky, I mumble "Spaz. Spaz. Spaz. Spaz." Or when we're hiking in the brush in the forest, I tell my husband, "I'm Wudy da Wabbit." (He doesn't get it). "It just doesn't matter. It just doesn't matter." I mean, this stuff is classic!

Disappointed with the DVD, though. Wish there were special features, maybe a commentary or a making-of. But the movie itself is a perfect snapshot of life as an adolescent in the late '70s. Maybe not MY life... You can't help but want to run around out in the woods in shorty shorts and knee-high socks and feathered hair every time you see this movie.


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