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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  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)


$40,900,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lamar accidentally kicks Wormser in the face when he climbs the rope to the Pi house roof. See more »


In the computer lab, when Judy and Gilbert first meet (visible in the distant "behind the computer" shot at the beginning of the scene). Possibly only visible in open matte fullscreen versions of the movie. See more »


Burke: Well, let's get those nerds!
Stan Gable: [screams] Nerds!
Ogre: [screams] Nerds!
Stan Gable: What are we *waiting* for?
[the angry Alpha Betas storm out of the locker room towards the Tri-Lams house]
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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 Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Last Day (2007) See more »


Performed by Gleaming Spires
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Revenge of the 80's: The franchise film series.

Revenge of the Nerds (1984) was a surprise hit. The film follows the adventures of two "nerds" as they go to college and try to join a fraternity. Oh the trials and tribulations they go through. Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards are the two "nerds"who do everything they can to try and fit in with the rest of the college crowd.

This one is the first and best of the series. They should have left well enough alone. But since this was made during the 80's, a mandatory sequel was made. I recommend this movie. It's entertaining and worth watching. But like all 80's movies

it has to have a message. That's my only real complaint about the movie. A funny film none the less. Just avoid the rest of the series.

Worth a view.

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