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Meatballs -- Bill Murray is at his hilarious best in this classic comedy that's "Animal House goes to summer camp" (Newsweek). Murray plays Tripper, the wisecracking, rule-bending head counselor at Camp North Star. Whether playing pranks on Camp North Star's clueless director, wooing a female counselor, or scheming against the rich brats of a rival camp, Tripper delivers fun and mayhem.
Meatballs -- Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.


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Release Date:
29 June 1979 (USA) See more »
We'll Give You One Hell Of A Holiday See more »
Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Bill Murray ... Tripper

Harvey Atkin ... Morty

Kate Lynch ... Roxanne
Russ Banham ... Crockett

Kristine DeBell ... A.L.
Sarah Torgov ... Candace
Jack Blum ... Spaz
Keith Knight ... Fink
Cindy Girling ... Wendy
Todd Hoffman ... Wheels
Margot Pinvidic ... Jackie

Matt Craven ... Hardware (as Matt Cravenn)

Norma Dell'Agnese ... Brenda

Chris Makepeace ... Rudy
Michael Kirby ... Eddy
Greg Swanson ... Phil
Ron Barry ... Lance
Paul Boyle ... Ace
Vince Guerriero ... Rhino

Jim McLarty ... Horse (as James McLarty)
Heather Preece ... Patti
Ruth Rennie ... Jody
Alison Diver ... Carla
Valerie Fersht ... Liza
Allan Levson ... Peter
Patrick Hynes ... Andrew
Hadley Kay ... Bradley
Bill Kishonti ... Jeffrey
Peter Hume ... The Stomach
Larry Solway ... Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doreen MacCormack ... Woman wearing sunglasses.
Brett Baxter Clark ... Camp Mohawk Basketball Player (uncredited)
Michael Code ... Camper (uncredited)
John Hartnett ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Keith O'Derek ... Camper (uncredited)

David Shore ... Kid Eating Crackers (uncredited)

Directed by
Ivan Reitman 
Writing credits
Len Blum (written by) &
Daniel Goldberg (written by) (as Dan Goldberg) &
Janis Allen (written by) &
Harold Ramis (written by)

Produced by
John Dunning .... executive producer
Daniel Goldberg .... producer (as Dan Goldberg)
André Link .... executive producer
Lawrence Nesis .... associate producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Donald Wilder (director of photography) (as Don Wilder)
Film Editing by
Debra Karen 
Art Direction by
David Orin Charles  (as David Charles)
Makeup Department
Carol Davidson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Baylis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael MacDonald .... third assistant director
Gordon Robinson .... assistant director
David A. Shepherd .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gerry Deschenes .... property master
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Bruce Carwardine .... location sound: second unit
Abe DiCesare .... boom operator
David Evans .... assistant sound editor
Richard Lightstone .... location sound mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... boom operator: second unit
Peter Thillaye .... sound editor
Allen Ormerod .... recording assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Chegwidden .... gaffer: second unit
Terry Davenport .... best boy
Roger Dean .... gaffer
Albert J. Dunk .... camera operator
David Kelly .... first assistant camera: second unit
Ernie Kestler .... second assistant camera
Michael Kohne .... key grip
Gordon Langevin .... first assistant camera: second unit
Andrew Mulkani .... key grip
Joshua Nefsky .... still photographer
Finn Rassow .... camera operator: second unit
Robert Rouveroy .... camera operator: second unit
John Russ .... grip
Michael Szucs .... first assistant camera
Brian Woodroof .... generator operator
Casting Department
Jack Blum .... casting: Canada
Sally Dennison .... casting: USA
Linda Russell .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith R. Gellman .... wardrobe designer (as Judy Gellman)
Mary E. McLeod .... costumes
Larry S. Wells .... costumes
Editorial Department
Michaël Karen .... assistant editor
Rit Wallis .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Bernstein .... orchestrator
Else Blangsted .... music editor
David Blumberg .... music arranger: songs
Transportation Department
Don Retzer .... driver captain
Other crew
Kay Armatage .... location coordinator
John Blackwood .... production assistant
Don Carmody .... production executive
Marie-José Chagnon .... title designer
Leo Gregory .... production accountant
Mary Guilfoyle .... production secretary
Lynda Haller .... production coordinator
Claude Marchand .... set supervisor: second unit
Tatiana Mihailoff .... continuity
Antoinette Morielli .... title designer
Gary Pover .... title designer
Lorne Stepak .... camp liaison
Barbara Stewart .... production bookkeeper
Nick Sweetman .... production coordinator
Robert Wertheimer .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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94 min
Color (Sonolab)
Aspect Ratio:
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Camp North Star was portrayed by real life Camp White Pine. During principal photography, the camp was a fully operational and functioning facility and was not closed down during the shoot. Similarly, Camp Mohawk was portrayed by real life Camp Towhee. Both camps are located in Haliburton in the province of Ontario in Canada.See more »
Factual errors: During the Olympiad softball game, one of the girls on the North Star team tells her teammate to hit the ball to the Mohawk outfielder with "big boobs" because she can't catch. When the ball is hit to the buxom outfielder, it appears to fall into her shirt on the fly, which would cause the ball to become dead and each runner would be awarded two bases.See more »
Roxanne:[Tripper has proposed that they live together after the summer] Where would I stay?
Tripper:My place, what do you think?
Roxanne:Is it big enough?
Tripper:It's *got* a *double bed.* What's the matter with you, haven't you ever lived with anybody before?
Roxanne:No. Have you?
Tripper:Pets, you know, a dog, a fish. No, I haven't. I've never asked anybody before.
[They kiss]
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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
This is one of my all-time favorite films, 21 January 2002
Author: Mike Davidson from Bradford, England

'Meatballs' is a nice and surprisingly, bittersweet film. It remains every bit as fresh, funny and entertaining as the day it was first released. Forget the sleazy in-name only "sequels". This is the one-and-only, the original. It is a very good-natured and uplifting film. It makes and leaves you feeling good, but a little bit sad when it is over. It perfectly captures the experiences of being a kid, summer camp, camping and growing-up. It also captures just as well the memories made by making friends and having a good time and the pain of having to say goodbye. There are many memorably funny moments and even some touching ones, as well. It is unthinkable how anyone could not like this film or give it bad reviews. Having grown-up in the late 1970's, it is a nice trip to the past and fond memories of summers gone-by. I highly recommend this warm, charming and upbeat film. Don't miss it!

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