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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) &
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Release Date:
29 June 1979 (USA) See more »
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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:
2 flicks in one 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:
First of six collaborations of Bill Murray and Harold Ramis with Ramis functioning in any combination of various roles as actor, writer, director. The movies include Stripes (1981), Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989) and Groundhog Day (1993).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: You ante in poker, not in blackjack.See more »
Quotes:
Tripper:You must be the short depressed kid we ordered.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
2 flicks in one, 2 July 2007
Author: Marc Sparks from Flagstaff, AZ

I just saw this for the first time in 10 or 15 years...maybe close to 20. In some ways, it was better than I remembered...in other, it was MUCH worse.

First of all, there's the music. It's just plain awful. There are only 5 songs in the movie, most of them used more than once. The opening song is shrieked by a chorus of annoying children, and the disco-y title track is performed by Rick Dees. It doesn't get any worse than that. Even the background music is terrible, with much of it repeating the themes of the other nauseating tunes. We also get some truly lame slapstick, mostly in the opening credits.

On the other hand, Bill Murray is spot on brilliant as usual...you have to wonder if he ad-libbed the whole thing, or if the writers just gave him all the funny lines. Or maybe he's just that great- turning a weak script into comic genius. The best part are his surreal PA announcements. ("Lobsters...get out of here...you're a menace!")

You also get a lot more character development than you have any right to expect in a movie like this. At least half the characters seem like real people...and mostly real people you would like to have around. Even "Spaz" gets to do a more than any other Eddie Deezen-type character ever did, and when he gets the girl, it's plausible. (She's not absurdly hot, but he doesn't automatically pair up with one of the nerd girls- see "Revenge Of The Nerds" for examples of both cinematic phenomenons.)

And when the plot seems clichéd...well, ya gotta wonder if it wasn't a cliché yet when they made this. While it wasn't the first summer camp movie- ya gotta go back at least to "The Parent Trap"- it's certainly the movie that made it it's own genre. In fact, I was surprised that there was no Talent Show scene..."Wet Hot American Summer" spoofed the summer-camp genre so perfectly, I just assumed everything in it came straight out of Meatballs. (I also half-expected Jon Cryer to pull up in a convertible with a chimp, thanks to "Mr. Show's" epic camp-olympiad spoof "Monk Academy")

Anyway, this one seems to be vanishing a little as far as the late-70's/early 80's comedies- it's not a cable staple anymore, and certainly doesn't have the cult following of Caddyshack or Animal House. I was pleased to catch it on Showtime today- and in High Definition at that! Sure, it's pretty awful in spots, but you could do a lot worse in a 70's/80's teen comedy. And again, Murray is a genius.

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