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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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Betty Childs (as Julie Montgomery)
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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 <>

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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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Although Booger is arguably Curtis Armstrong's most famous character, he initially didn't want the part. According to his comments on the Panty Raid DVD edition, he originally read for the part of Gilbert, but was later asked to read for Booger. He recalls telling fellow actor Bronson Pinchot that if he was offered the role of Booger, "They could just fucking forget it. I'm not picking my nose on camera for anyone." See more »


During the gym scene role call the position of Takashi changes before and after asking Booger "why they call him Booger". His position changes with his checker partner. See more »


Coach Harris: You know, when you were a baby in your crib, your father looked down at you, he had but one hope - some day my son will grow to be a man. Well look at you now. You just got your asses whipped by a bunch of goddamn nerds.
Coach Harris: *Nerds*! Well, if I was you, I'd do something about it. I would get up and redeem myself in the eyes of my father, my maker, and my *coach*!
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Crazy Credits

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


Written by Tommy Dunbar and Judge
Performed by The Rubinoos
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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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