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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:
Spaz! Spaz! Spaz! Spaz!.... 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:
Color (Sonolab)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
One of a number of hit comedies with one word titles for actor-comedian Bill Murray which were made and released during his early period of feature film work. The pictures include Stripes (1981), Tootsie (1982), Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980) and Ghostbusters (1984) (aka Ghostbusters).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Spaz is walking with Tripper and co., and he stumbles into Tripper, Spaz is sockless. However, moments later as they are all walking further, Spaz has white socks on.See more »
Quotes:
Tripper:[Over the loudspeaker] Attention. Bus for the Camp Mohawk basketball game leaving in 15 minutes, and there is a very fat pair of pants hanging on the flagpole this morning.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Frailty (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Are You Ready for the Summer?See more »

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34 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Spaz! Spaz! Spaz! Spaz!...., 17 November 2002
Author: AbeStreet from Willoughby, OH, USA

I can hardly call this a great film but it is entertaining. In my case I, at the time this film was released, was the same age as some of the junior campers in the film. For me watching this film brings back the memories of my camp years. While some of the pranks that takes place in this movie, like carrying the camp director out in his bed and leaving him on the side of a road, strung up in the trees or out on a lake, are a bit over the top some of the other pranks are not. When I went to camp the campers and counselors pulled similar stunts such as running underwear up the flag pole, canoe battles and boys raiding the girls cabin. As I grew older I realized these night raids to the girls cabin that I participated in were carefully orchestrated by the counselors so that we wouldn't find the girls in embarrassing situations but at the time I thought it was real and it was fun. That's what MEATBALLS (MB) is.

MB captures not only the scenic beauty of camp surroundings but the beauty of being young and carefree. MB give a great example of pre-teens, teens and young adults living their summer with no concerns other than guys hooking up with girls and girls hooking up with guys and booth having as much fun as they can before they head back to junior high & high school and college. The opening title song that goes "Are you ready for the summer?...no more homework no more books, no more teachers dirty looks..." describes exactly how summer is viewed by school kids.

I personally enjoyed the two campers Spaz and Fink. What boy, nerd or jock, didn't spend all camp trying to cozy up to some pretty girl camper? What guy didn't want to be accepted by the other campers and counselors? While these two characters are somewhat over the top I bet everybody who watches the film can't help but to like these two guys. These two characters are a mix of Charlie Brown from PEANUTS and Jack Tripper & Larry Dallas from THREE'S COMPANY. I would bet that most viewers even cheer for Spaz in the egg carrying competition and for Fink as he attempts to "beat the stomach" in the hot dog eating contest.

Lastly, this movie had normal looking kids and counselors. No super models for counselors or campers that wore trendy clothing. It is fun to just kick back and watch this film and remember when life was as fun as this movie.

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