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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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The Summer Camp That Makes You Untrustworthy, Disloyal, Unhelpful, Unfriendly, Discourteous, Unkind, Disobedient, and Very Hilarious. See more »

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29 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Summer Camp  »

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CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)

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$43,000,000 (USA)
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The only one of the four "Meatballs" movies to feature Bill Murray. See more »

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At the Dance at Camp North Star. As Tripper and Roxanne are dancing, Crockett and Wendy are dancing in the background. They cut to Wheels and Crockett by the door, talking to the red headed toe tapping girl. They cut back to Tripper and Roxanne, Crockett is still in the background dancing. See more »

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Rudy: I saw you dancing with Roxanne.
Tripper: Oh yeah? Well, she sort'a cornered me and there was nothing I could do without embarrassing her.
Rudy: Do you like her?
Tripper: Well I feel sorry for her, you know. She's got a glass eye. And, uh, I'm one of the few people who knows exactly which eye to look at when they're talking to her, so she's sort of fixated on me.
Rudy: Well, I like her.
Tripper: Well you're not exactly known for your taste. I'll probably just use her for the rest of the summer and then throw her on the scrap heap ...
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Referenced in 'Old School' Orientation (2003) 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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A must see before entering the season of summer!
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Meatballs has been a main staple in my family for over 26 years! We saw this movie when it first came out and have seen it dozens of times since. Bill Murray is at his best and is most touching in the scenes where he reaches out to a lonely pre-teen boy and befriends him, while leading his CIT's into once mischievous scheme after another! The cast of characters are fun and zany and you really come to care about them and the relationships they have with each other. This is not another sleazy, dumb, teen sex-fest. It is funny and sweet and just all-around fun. Anyone who sees this will enjoy themselves. It is a must-see. Watch out for Spaz - he is by far the best character! (Especially during the camp social - while Bill Murray hams it up for the camera - just watch Spaz behind him dancing with the poor girl he picks to dance with!) By far, one of my very favorite comedies of all time!


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