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(1979)

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The cast members did their own stunts.
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According to one of the featurettes on the DVD, several of the shots in the movie were added after initial filming ended. These included the scenes of Rudy and Tripper at the bus station and of them playing blackjack for peanuts. During the time off, Chris Makepeace had entered puberty and had the beginnings of a mustache. Bill Murray decided that it had to go so he took Makepeace over to a sink, lathered him up with soap and shaved off his mustache. So Makepeace received his first ever shave from Murray.
The red shorts and colorful Hawaiian shirt that Bill Murray is seen wearing in the movie were his own clothes.
The cast and crew have never reunited. In June 2014, after 35 yrs, they will be doing so in benefit of the humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger Canada.
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).
The movie was filmed at an actual summer camp, Camp White Pine, in Haliburton, Ontario (a few hours north of Toronto). Many of the extras in the film were actual campers and counselors of the camp; most if not all locations were actual camp facilities (basketball courts, mess hall, swim docks, cabins, etc.). The "Visitors Day" scene/montage was actually filmed during the camp's Visitors Day; White Pine also had a similar yearly event to the "Olympiad" - although rather than being a inter-camp competition, it was an intra-camp relay-type competition that was just part of an overall all-day themed event. These competitions were nicknamed "Mohawk Relays", perhaps serving as inspiration for the name of the rival camp in the movie.
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Keith Knight and Peter Hume, who respectively played Fink and The Stomach, died exactly two months apart in real life. Knight died August 22, 2007; Hume died October 22, 2007.
First starring role of actor-comedian Bill Murray. Murray had sole name above the title billing on movie posters.
Wikipedia states, "Harold Ramis said that [Ivan] Reitman did not know for certain whether [Bill] Murray would be in the movie until he showed up for the first day of filming". According to Brett Martin's July 2009 article "Harold Ramis Gets the Last Laugh" published in GQ, "Bill left Ivan hanging . . . Ivan didn't know if he was going to be there until the day they started shooting".
Jack Blum, who plays Spaz, was also the film's casting agent.
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First major studio picture directed by Ivan Reitman.
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.
Star Bill Murray only signed on to do the film very late because of his contractual obligations to the live-comedy TV series Saturday Night Live (1975).
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The first day of the production shoot was also the first day of camp seen in the movie.
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Breakthrough film role of actor-comedian Bill Murray.
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Many scenes featuring the CIT's were deleted in order to add more scenes with Bill Murray and Chris Makepeace.
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The later 2008 camp film Camp Rock (2008) used the same real life camp facilities as this movie.
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Debut appearance in feature film of Matt Craven, Kate Lynch, Keith Knight, Russ Banham and Chris Makepeace.
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Of the film's three sequels, only Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986) has any story connection to this movie.
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The principal shooting was done in thirty days.
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First of four collaborations of actor-comedian Bill Murray and director Ivan Reitman. The films include Meatballs (1979) Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).
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The movie was filmed during August and September 1978.
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This was the first movie that Harold Ramis worked on as a writer after co-writing Animal House (1978). The two are often compared due to the type of humor and youth settings.
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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).
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The futuristic helmet worn by Murray is a toy "Lunar Patrol" helmet, from the Tim-Mee/Processed Plastic division of J. Lloyd International, Inc. One size fits all.
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The only one of the four "Meatballs" movies to feature Bill Murray.
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According to Danny Peary in his 'Guide for the Film Fanatic' book, the picture "broke Canadian box-office records".
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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.")
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According to Flixster, a remake of this movie was in development in 2010. A Lionsgate production, John Whitesell was the named director with a screenplay to be written by John Morris and Sean Anders.
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The nick-name of Morty Melnick (Harvey Atkin) was "Micky" whilst the nick-name of Larry Finkelstein (Keith Knight) was "Fink".
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First of four "Meatballs" movies. It was followed by Meatballs Part II (1984), Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986) and Meatballs 4 (1992).
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The third feature film directed by Ivan Reitman.
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According to Time Out, the film was "apparently inspired by the experience of a Corman PR man who had a poignant moment once while watching Animal House (1978)".
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The names of the two summer camps were "Camp Mohawk" and "Camp North Star".
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