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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

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



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When lovable nerds Gilbert and Lewis embark on their freshman year at Adams College, little do they realize the perils that await them. They're 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 Pointdexter, the nerds soon realize they must form their own fraternity in self-defence. Soon the tables are turned as the nerds employ high-tech warfare against the jocks.... but can they really win and make a difference? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rache der Eierköpfe  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$40,900,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


A scene was removed that revealed jock Stan Gable was a closet nerd. At the end of the movie, where the nerds triumph, Stan Gable wasn't sad for losing to nerds, but was really sad for not having the courage to tell people he is a nerd. In the 3rd Revenge of the Nerds film, this idea is used for the film's final scenes, where Stan (who once again had been bullying nerds) tells a courtroom that he is a nerd himself and will no longer hide it; he even uses the phrase "come out of the closet" in reference to admitting this publicly. See more »


During the Greek Carnivale competition, The Alpha Betas are leading the Tri-Lambda team 30-20 going into the belching competition. Even though the Tri-Lambs win that competition, the Alpha-Beta's overall lead increases to 40-25. See more »


[Lewis and Gilbert are discussing Gilbert's girlfriend, innocently]
Booger: Big deal! Did you get in her pants?
Gibert: She's not that kind of girl, Booger.
Booger: Why? Does she have a penis?
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The title appears on screen immediately following the 20th Century Fox logo, before the Fox Fanfare concludes. See more »


Referenced in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) See more »


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The only worthy successor to Animal House – this is a oasis in a desert of rubbish frat movies
6 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Louis and Gilbert head to college they think it'll all be different from high school. However they are branded nerds and, when the jocks burn their own dorm down, the nerds find themselves kicked out and forced to sleep in the gym. When the nerds form their own chapter of the Tri-Lam fraternity. When they are bullied continually they decide to take matters into their own hands and fight back with the Jock's own games.

If there's one genre in the world that I hate it's the American college jock/nerd comedy. Whether it be the Animal House or Porky's or more modern ones – I hate almost all of them! So when I watched this I watched it with a certain fear. However the plot makes redresses the balance by having us support the nerds! It's well plotted so that it isn't just them becoming just like the jocks but instead learning their own lessons. Of course it is rude at times and does fall into being just silly and slapstick, but it's mixed nicely with some good sentiment and more gentle laugh.

The cast is great (in retrospect). Anthony Edwards is a real surprise in this post-ER time. Likewise Busfield is strange after 30-something and West Wing. Less so but Moonlighting's Curtis Armstrong is funny to see. And lets not forget James Cromwell (or Jamie as he was called then!), John Goodman and black 1970's star Bernie Casey! The nerds are all good – rising above their caricatures to start to bring out characters.

Overall this is a spin on the frat-comedy so it is a little juvenile and silly but the fact that it is spun towards the nerds makes it that little bit refreshing to watch compared to so many where our `heroes' are arrogant, annoying jock-types who sponge off mummy and daddy just to get drunk at college. Not a great movie but much better than anything else post-Animal House - I'm with the nerds!

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