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10 August 1984 (USA) See more »
Nerds are people too - Steve Zacharias See more »
At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The only worthy successor to Animal House – this is a oasis in a desert of rubbish frat movies See more (126 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Carradine ... Lewis

Anthony Edwards ... Gilbert

Timothy Busfield ... Poindexter
Andrew Cassese ... Wormser

Curtis Armstrong ... 'Booger'

Larry B. Scott ... Lamar

Brian Tochi ... Takashi

Julia Montgomery ... Betty Childs (as Julie Montgomery)

Michelle Meyrink ... Judy

Ted McGinley ... Stan Gable
Matt Salinger ... Burke

Donald Gibb ... Ogre

James Cromwell ... Mr. Skolnick (as Jamie Cromwell)

David Wohl ... Dean Ulich

John Goodman ... Coach Harris

Bernie Casey ... U.N. Jefferson

Alice Hirson ... Mrs. Lowe

F. William Parker ... Sergeant
Roger Carter ... U.N. Assistant
Kres Mersky ... Mrs. Wormser

Marianne Muellerleile ... Woman
Lisa Welch ... Suzy
Suzanne B. Hayes ... Michelle
Shawn Siqueiros ... Joanne
Sandra Katzel ... Connie
Henry Kendrick ... Trainer (as Henry M. Kendrick)
Fumio Kodama ... Japanese Man
Lance Lombardo ... Lamar's Date
William B. Wilson ... Tough-Looking Guy
Carl Cherry ... Tri-Lamb
Adam Frank ... Blond Nerd
Taylor Samuels ... Plaid Brother

Brad Grunberg ... Plaid Brother (as Bradley Grunberg)
James Anklam ... Hooded Alpha Beta
Matthew M. Haugh ... Alpha Beta
William C. Horning ... Alpha Beta
Angela C. Gardaphe ... Pi
Lisa Kolasa ... Pi
Kristen Kinderman ... Pi
Kay Strunk ... Pi
Gamble Baffert ... Rho-Rho
Brian Lover ... Rho-Rho
Jerry Kurinsky ... Rho-Rho
Tonja Sue Philbee ... Rho-Rho
Monique Sorenson ... Rho-Rho
Calon Blackledge ... Rho-Rho
Scott Bird ... Nerd
David Moskowitz ... Nerd
Steven Duran ... Nerd
Thomas Obeid ... Nerd
Theodore Kerpez ... Nerd
Michael Urena ... Nerd
Vincent Lindsley ... Nerd
Laura Bell ... Mu
Linda Felker ... Mu
Deborah Bernstein ... Mu
Renee Mintz ... Mu
Donna Costello ... Mu
Lillie Nusz ... Mu
Romy Dushoff ... Mu
Rhonda Tinsley ... Mu
Felicia Fagan ... Mu
Jennifer Wilcox ... Mu
John Almon ... Jock
Brian Nelson ... Jock
Daniel Egan ... Jock
Thomas Repp ... Jock
Jay Galland ... Jock
Andrew Salan ... Jock
Dean Heindel ... Jock
Scott Spangler ... Jock
Robert Melton ... Jock
Steve Yeatras ... Jock
Madaline Blinder ... Pi
Colleen Madden ... Pi
Lucy Craig ... Pi
Susan Myers ... Pi
Jennie Gaio ... Pi
Kristi Nelson ... Pi
Carolyn Hoover ... Pi
Melissa Perlman ... Pi
Karen Knutzen ... Pi
Lori Stock ... Pi
Chris Stravolo ... Pi
Kelly Reed ... Lap Girl
Lloyd Sherr ... The Moper
Malcolm Gregor ... Mail Slot Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clinton James Austin ... Alpha Beta (uncredited)
Greg Berg ... Larry Fine robot (voice) (uncredited)
Kris Levario ... TV Aerobic Instructor (uncredited)

Peter J. Wacks ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Michael L. White ... Jock (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeff Kanew 
Writing credits
Tim Metcalfe (story) &
Miguel Tejada-Flores (story) and
Steve Zacharias (story) &
Jeff Buhai (story)

Steve Zacharias (screenplay) &
Jeff Buhai (screenplay)

Produced by
Peter Bart .... executive producer
Ted Field .... producer
Peter Macgregor-Scott .... co-producer
David Obst .... executive producer
Peter Samuelson .... producer
Steve Zacharias .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
King Baggot (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Balsam 
Casting by
Susan Arnold 
Paula Herold 
Production Design by
James L. Schoppe 
Set Decoration by
Frank Lombardo 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist
Mark Wittenberg .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Henry Kline .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence A. Donnelly .... first assistant director (as Terry Donnelly)
James M. Freitag .... second assistant director
Gary Law .... additional second assistant director
Byron Macdonald .... assistant director intern
Art Department
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greens foreman
Jo Brown .... painter
Michael Casey .... set dresser
James P. Crapser .... propmaker
William 'W' Gilpin .... construction foreman
Art Lipschultz .... property master
Lance Lombardo .... lead man
Everett Olson .... construction coordinator
Michael Friedman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Daniels .... adr editor
Pieter Hubbard .... sound editor
William Jacobs .... sound editor
John Paul Jones .... sound editor
Michael O'Corrigan .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Corrigan)
Ed Osborne .... sound editor (as Edward Osborne)
Al Overton Jr. .... sound mixer
Richard Overton .... re-recording mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... re-recording mixer
Paul Wells .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects coordinator
Edward Adams .... stunts
Steve Blalock .... stunts (as Stephen Andrew Blalock)
Bing Blenman .... stunts
John Cade .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Joe Gilbride .... stunts (as Joseph C. Gilbride)
Terry James .... stunt coordinator
Terry James .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Batzdorff .... still photographer
Stephen E. Bridge .... camera operator
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera
Roger Gebhard .... assistant camera
Marlin Hall .... key grip
George Holmes .... chief lighting technician
Louis Niemeyer .... assistant camera
Dennis Smith .... camera operator
Egon Stephan Jr. .... second assistant camera (as Egon Stephan)
Ronald Vidor .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Susan Johnson .... casting intern
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Hopper .... costumer: women
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor
Radford Polinsky .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Deborah Cichocki .... assistant editor (as Deborah Zimmerman)
Amy E. Duddleston .... post-production assistant
Nancy Forner .... assistant editor
Debra Neil-Fisher .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Robert Maharis .... location manager
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
John R. Harris .... music editor
Martin Schwartz .... music supervisor
Tim Sexton .... executive in charge of music (as Timothy R. Sexton)
Armin Steiner .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Michael Connolly .... transportation coordinator (as Mike Connolly)
Dean E. Mason .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Brad Dechter .... source arrangements
Pete Emmet .... unit publicist
Dorain Grusman .... choreographer
Kisuna Jacobsen .... script supervisor
Giedra Rackauskas .... auditor
Pinki Ragan .... production coordinator
Jay Roberts .... assistant accountant
Lydia Telo .... assistant auditor
Dean Wright .... assistant to line producer (uncredited)

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90 min
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Did You Know?

Poindexter's glasses are so thick that Timothy Busfield couldn't see through them. In scenes where he moves, he is usually guided by a companion.See more »
Continuity: Wormser gains a shirt between tug of war rounds.See more »
Booger:[on Booger's T-shirt] "Gimme' Head Till I'm Dead"See more »


How many characters appear in every film in the series, and who are they?
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20 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The only worthy successor to Animal House – this is a oasis in a desert of rubbish frat movies, 6 July 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When Louis and Gilbert head to college they think it'll all be different from high school. However they are branded nerds and, when the jocks burn their own dorm down, the nerds find themselves kicked out and forced to sleep in the gym. When the nerds form their own chapter of the Tri-Lam fraternity. When they are bullied continually they decide to take matters into their own hands and fight back with the Jock's own games.

If there's one genre in the world that I hate it's the American college jock/nerd comedy. Whether it be the Animal House or Porky's or more modern ones – I hate almost all of them! So when I watched this I watched it with a certain fear. However the plot makes redresses the balance by having us support the nerds! It's well plotted so that it isn't just them becoming just like the jocks but instead learning their own lessons. Of course it is rude at times and does fall into being just silly and slapstick, but it's mixed nicely with some good sentiment and more gentle laugh.

The cast is great (in retrospect). Anthony Edwards is a real surprise in this post-ER time. Likewise Busfield is strange after 30-something and West Wing. Less so but Moonlighting's Curtis Armstrong is funny to see. And lets not forget James Cromwell (or Jamie as he was called then!), John Goodman and black 1970's star Bernie Casey! The nerds are all good – rising above their caricatures to start to bring out characters.

Overall this is a spin on the frat-comedy so it is a little juvenile and silly but the fact that it is spun towards the nerds makes it that little bit refreshing to watch compared to so many where our `heroes' are arrogant, annoying jock-types who sponge off mummy and daddy just to get drunk at college. Not a great movie but much better than anything else post-Animal House - I'm with the nerds!

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