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

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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 »
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You must watch this movie or Morty will be sent to the state penitentiary. 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)
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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
 
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:
Many scenes featuring the CIT's were deleted in order to add more scenes with Bill Murray and Chris Makepeace.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: During the Olympiad Softball Game, it is explained to Jody that it is the bottom of the ninth with two outs. However, regulation softball even on the collegiate level is only seven innings.See more »
Quotes:
Larry Finkelstein:[talking about Spaz and Jackie] How did you make out?
Spaz:Well, we just kind of talked.
Larry Finkelstein:You had her in the woods and you just talked? You didn't do anything. YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.
Spaz:I, um, held her hand when we walked home.
Larry Finkelstein:Held her hand? Spaz, you're on your way! Held her hand. In the woods! And it was dark!
Spaz:Yeah.
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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
You must watch this movie or Morty will be sent to the state penitentiary., 11 February 2005
Author: cadfile from Columbus, Ohio

"Meatballs" is an ode to summer camp. Those of us who got to go to camp will see many of the scenes as we remember or wish they could have been.

Bill Murray plays senior boys counselor Tripper Harrison, who really runs the camp. He reminds us of the funny cool staff member who everyone loves. Young campers gravitate toward him and if he speaks to you, you feel like you are family. This is one of Murray's best roles. He drives the film with his one liners and ad-libs.

Chris Makepeace plays Rudy, the loner camper who is taken under Tripper's wing and breaks out of his shell.

The rest of the campers and staff in the film were excellent as well.

The overall theme of the movie is the underdog overcoming obstacles to finally win. From Rudy to Spaz to the Camp and even to Tripper himself, the underdogs of the film are the stars. The movie has heart.

The film is fun and funny without being cruel or oversexed as some teen movies are today. The cast look and act like real people.

The comedy and heart draw you in to the point that at the end, just like at camp, you are sad to leave.

In my summer camp experience we had underwear run up flag poles, mystery meat, trying to sneak a peek into the girls cabin, the lunatic-with-the hook stories around the camp fire, and moving sleeping people out of their cabins and putting them elsewhere. But we also had a dedicated camp staff guiding us to be the best we could be.

My favorite scene is the CIT overnight when they are canoeing across the lake singing a goofy song. The one line that cracks me up every time is when Tripper is announcing light outs the evening before Parent's Day and he ends "Tomorrow is parents day, and you must look rested or Morty will be sent to the state penitentiary."

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