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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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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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Did You Know?


On the commentary track, it is revealed that the scenes of renovating and fixing up the Lambda Lambda Lambda house was actually the LAST scene filmed. They had deconstructed things and torn down the interior to make it look like they were fixing it up. See more »


During the Greek Carnivale competition, The Alpha Betas are leading the Tri-Lambda team 30-20 going into the belching competition. Even though the Tri-Lambs win that competition, the Alpha-Beta's overall lead increases to 40-25. See more »


[Booger and Takeshi are trying to look at a naked girl who hides behind a large roommate]
Booger: Step aside momma, I wanna see some of that muff!
Takashi: Oh Hair pie! Hair pie!
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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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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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