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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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According to Danny Peary in his 'Guide for the Film Fanatic' book, the picture "broke Canadian box-office records". 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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Crockett: [in motorboat, Candace has admitted she likes Crockett] What about Lance Cashman? Yeah, Lance!
Candace: [passing Lance on the dock] Lance Cashman? Lance Cashman is a TOTAL JERK-OFF!
Crockett: Allright! She likes me! She likes me!
[laughs]
Lance: [to himself] Jerk off? I don't jerk off...
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Moondust
Sung by Terry Black
Written by Norman Gimbel and Elmer Bernstein
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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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