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


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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene of the telephone conversation with UN Jefferson, welcoming the Nerds to Tri-Lambda, was a last minute addition to the film. It was to serve as a "bridge" since a subplot regarding the Nerds going to Las Vegas was removed from the movie (these deleted scenes are bonus features on the "Panty Raid Edition" DVD and the Blu-ray). See more »


When Coach Harris lectures the jocks following losing at the homecoming carnival, behind him is a blue wall with text reading "Only the strong shall survive" and a door that reads "COACH HARRIS." But when the Alpha Betas run out of the locker room, the blue wall has become white and there is no writing on it. See more »


[rings door buzzer]
Mail Slot Man: [mail flap opens, revealing a pair of crazed eyes] Who's there?
Booger: [pauses] Ahhh, is...
Mail Slot Man: What do you want?
Booger: Is this the Stewart residence?
Mail Slot Man: Why are you here?
Booger: Ahh, I've come about the roo...
Mail Slot Man: WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Booger: I've come about the roo...
Mail Slot Man: Don't have, no way!
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Performed by YA-YA
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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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