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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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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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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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Trivia

Because the script did not have much of a plot (as the interviewed actors and filmmakers have stated), many of the actors were allowed to ad-lib scenes. Timothy Busfield recalls that he ad-libbed Poindexter's painful scream when watching the video of the girls dorm. Robert Carradine remembered that in the scene where he "serviced" Betty in the funhouse, his line was originally "All jocks think about is sports. Ever since we're ten, all we nerds ever think about is sex." He did not like the line and dropped the "Ever since we're ten" part. Curtis Armstrong recalls that it was by pure chance that Booger and Takashi ended up bunked next to each other in the gym and they improvised the running gag of them playing cards and Armstrong's line "What the fuck is a frush?" See more »

Goofs

Poindexter has a "spiked" hairstyle during the performance at the end of the Homecoming Carnival. In the next scenes, his normal hair style is back. See more »

Quotes

Betty Childs: [in the Pi's bathroom] Listen, if Stan calls tell him I'll call him back, okay?
Suzy: Okay.
Lewis: [Betty opens the shower curtain and finds Lewis; gasps] Panty raid!
[Betty screams; Lewis laughs, chasing her]
Betty Childs: That nerd saw me naked!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits sequence is played over the Nerds' drive to Adams College. See more »

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One Foot in Front of the Other
Performed by Bone Symphony
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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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