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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 1984 (USA)
At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Cassese ...
Betty Childs (as Julie Montgomery)
Matt Salinger ...
Mr. Skolnick (as Jamie Cromwell)


When lovable nerds Gilbert and Lewis embark on their freshman year at Adams College, little do they realize the dangers that await them. They are beset by taunting from the jocks of Alpha Beta fraternity, which only worsens when the jocks accidentally burn down their house and toss the freshmen out of the freshmen dorm. To make matters more problematic, Lewis develops a crush on pretty Betty Childs, popular sorority sister and quarterback's girlfriend. Joined by the aptly named Booger and the violin-playing Poindexter, the nerds soon realize they must form their own fraternity in self-defense. Soon the tables are turned as the nerds employ high-tech warfare against the jocks.... but can they really succeed and make a difference? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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The time has come for Revenge of the Nerds! Let the battle begin! See more »




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Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rache der Eierköpfe  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$40,900,000 (USA)

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Lamar's date at the party was a member of the crew. So was the burly homeowner he approaches when house hunting. See more »


Ogre grabs someone's pie and gets whipped cream on his costume. In the next shot, when he reports back to the other Alpha Betas, the stain disappears. See more »


Sergeant: I do not know what this world is coming to. See that man over there. We arrested him for mopery.
Booger: What's mopery?
Sergeant: Mopery is exposing yourself to a blind person. I am sorry about your window, fellas, but that's out of our jurisdiction. This sounds more like a fraternity prank. But there's only one organization that can handle such matters.
Gibert: What is that?
Sergeant: [disdainfully] The Greek Council.
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Referenced in The Goldbergs: Dungeons and Dragons, Anyone? (2016) See more »


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I'm PROUD to be a nerd
9 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw "Revenge of the Nerds" when I was ten (that's right, ten). Some people at school had been making fun of me, calling me a nerd. After I saw "ROTF", I was finally proud to call myself a nerd (albeit not one who wears glasses, has buck teeth, and has his pant legs halfway up his calves).

It's especially great that the nerds were such a diverse group of people (Booger may have been gross, but he clearly had a brain).

And there's also an interesting thing about the cast. Robert Carradine must be the only person who has co-starred with both Jane Fonda (he played the brother in "Coming Home") and with the guy who played Booger. And I never realized that Stan was played by the same guy who played Roger on "Happy Days".

So, if you're any kind of individual who has spent his/her life getting bullied, this is the movie for you!

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