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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 1984 (USA)
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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They've been laughed at, picked on and put down. But now it's time for the odd to get even! Their time has come! See more »

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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rache der Eierköpfe  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,900,000 (USA)
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20th Century Fox green-lit a remake of the film under its then-existing Fox Atomic label, with the intent to release it in 2007. Filming began in Atlanta, Georgia in 2006 with a cast including Adam Brody (who also co-produced), Jenna Dewan, Chris Marquette and Efren Ramirez with Kyle Newman directing. The film was originally going to be shot on the Emory College campus until college officials objected to the film's raunchy content. The production experienced difficulties of shooting on the smaller Agnes Scott campus, particularly the outdoor scenes. The film was scrapped early on in production after studio head Peter Rice disliked the dailies. Plans to remake the film have been indefinitely shelved. See more »

Goofs

As Gilbert and Louis are carrying their trunk to the dorm, the stripes on the bags on top of the truck switch sides. See more »

Quotes

[after the Alpha's treachery is revealed at the pep rally]
Dean Ulich: You know, Coach. I'm going to let the Lambdas live over at the Alpha Beta house while you and your boys rebuild theirs!
Danny Burke, Alpha Beta: Where are *we* supposed to live?
Fred "The Ogre" Palowakski, Alpha Beta: Yeah. What about *us*?
Dean Ulich: You're *jocks*! Go live in the gym!
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Crazy Credits

The title appears on screen immediately following the 20th Century Fox logo, before the Fox Fanfare concludes. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Sweet Revenge (2010) See more »

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ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER
Performed by Bone Symphony
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An 80s American Classic that makes me glad I grew up elsewhere.
1 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Before anybody gets offended by the above summary, I just want to say that I like many things about America and its culture, conversely there are things I dislike. A lot of the latter were highlighted in the film "Revenge of the Nerds". Also, just to avoid the wrath of the blindly patriotic, I am by no means saying that other countries and cultures don't have their share of downfalls too.

So, to back to the film… Due to its age, (30 years), one can possibly, (yet begrudgingly), forgive some of the casual racism and homophobia used to gain cheap laughs. However the film really hits rock bottom with its multiple scenes/sub-plots that show sexual abuse in an entirely positive light.

There is a highly unlikely, yet possible, chance that the above could be overlooked if the film's humour compensated for the offensiveness, or if the rapey/homophobic/racist plot elements were done tongue in cheek – BUT THEY WEREN'T – in spite of what people might claim.

Now-a-days I watch certain things, which I enjoy to various degrees, but make me yearn for my stoner days as I know my amusement would be amplified. ROTN does not even offer me this. I watched it as it is regarded as a "classic" and is referenced to in many other shows. In summation: I wish I hadn't bothered – 2/10.


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