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Meatballs -- Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

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Director:
Writers:
Len Blum (written by) &
Daniel Goldberg (written by) ...
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Release Date:
29 June 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
We'll Give You One Hell Of A Holiday See more »
Plot:
Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Summer Camp Shenanigans See more (84 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
94 min
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Color (Sonolab)
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Trivia:
Some movie posters for Meatballs featured this lengthy tagline: "The Summer Camp That Makes You Untrustworthy, Disloyal, Unhelpful, Unfriendly, Discourteous, Unkind, Disobedient, and Very Hilarious". (This is a reverse of much of the "Scout Law" from the Boy Scouts of America: "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.")See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Candace pulls Crockett into the boat he lands on his head. In the next shot as she is pulling away from the dock he is standing up and leaning over. Then the next cut shows he is back on his head and getting up.See more »
Quotes:
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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Summer Camp Shenanigans, 13 January 2006
Author: MartianOctocretr5 from Redondo Beach, CA

This is easily the best of the summer camp movies. In fact, few of the others are even fair, let alone anywhere near as entertaining as this one is.

The film is just simply out to have some good, clean, fun. Many people who went to summer camp as kids will see that it is presented here faithfully to the way it usually was, but with slapstick comedy mixed in. Bill Murray, as the chief counselor of the camp, Tripper, leads a fine ensemble cast, and is usually at the center of the riotous nonsense. Tripper has great one-liners throughout, usually broadcasting his jokes as pseudo-announcements over the camp's public-address system.

Several great supporting actors played the campers and counselors to build a myriad of fun and interesting subplots, all the while sprinkled amongst the many incidents of camp hi-jinx. Spaz (Jack Blum) and Fink (Keith Knight) were two characters particularly well done. The adventures (and misadventures) of these two are hilarious. Each has classic lines, and they are characters you like and root for. Look for Spaz in the scene of disco dance pandemonium.

The girls in the story are realistic characters, too. They're not dumb, naive, freakish, oversexed, nervy, or any of the other overused, abominable teen character stereotypes. Kristine DeBell, Kate Lynch, Cindy Girling, and others make these characters believable.

The requisite pranks abound, usually at the expense of camp director Morty (Harvey Atkin). The nature of these pranks start at outrageous and progress from there. However, with all the silliness going on, Tripper and the others have their serious sides. For example, Tripper befriends a shy, lonely kid, Rudy(Chris Makepeace), and takes him under his wing.

The story culminates with a sports competition against a rival camp. It's a great "root for the underdogs" finale. When the chips are down, Tripper's motivational "It just doesn't matter" spiel is inspired, and one of the best moments in the movie. And get ready to root: "Spaz. Spaz! Spaz!!!""

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