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Meatballs (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 29 June 1979 (USA)
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Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg (as Dan Goldberg) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Tripper
Harvey Atkin ... Morty
Kate Lynch ... Roxanne
Russ Banham Russ Banham ... Crockett
Kristine DeBell ... A.L.
Sarah Torgov Sarah Torgov ... Candace
Jack Blum ... Spaz
Keith Knight ... Fink
Cindy Girling Cindy Girling ... Wendy
Todd Hoffman Todd Hoffman ... Wheels
Margot Pinvidic Margot Pinvidic ... Jackie
Matt Craven ... Hardware (as Matt Cravenn)
Norma Dell'Agnese ... Brenda
Chris Makepeace ... Rudy
Michael Kirby ... Eddy
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Storyline

Summer Camp highjinks centered around a camp counselor with a wacky sense of humor. He tries to help the campers have a good time. One camper named Rudy poses a particular challenge as he has a self-esteem problem Written by Robert Svacha <chisox@azstarnet.com>

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Taglines:

We'll Give You One Hell Of A Holiday See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meatballs See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,170, 1 July 1979

Gross USA:

$43,046,003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,046,003
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Sonolab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for Meatballs featured this lengthy tagline: "The Summer Camp That Makes You Untrustworthy, Disloyal, Unhelpful, Unfriendly, Discourteous, Unkind, Disobedient, and Very Hilarious". (This is a reverse of much of the "Scout Law" from the Boy Scouts of America: "A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.") See more »

Goofs

During the K-Mart parking lot sequence, two girls are shown arguing over cigarettes. Near the end of the conversation, the blond-haired girl (on the left side of the screen) starts to say one of her lines before her cue. See more »

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Tripper: Kids are starving in India and you're walking around with a sombrero full of peanuts.
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Alternate Versions

The music played during the second half of the Olympiad is different in the U.S. and Canadian versions of the film. On the U.S. release, there are additional lyrics: "Go team go, Fight team fight..." etc. These lyrics are absent on the Canadian theatrical and VHS releases. The soundtrack is mostly instrumental. You can hear this alternate music on the French soundtrack of the region 1 DVD. See more »

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Moondust
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"You must be the short, depressed kid we ordered."
18 November 2007 | by avaloswrldSee all my reviews

Meatballs is a great, feel-good movie. The first time I saw this movie was 1981 on HBO. I was 13 and loving every moment. I just finished watching it again, thanks to the 50+ movie channels satellite offers these days.

Anyways, not only is Meatballs the excellent feel-good movie every young boy and 30 something should watch, it reminds me of the times I had in summer camp when was 7-10 years old. Bill Murray really makes the movie, as does "Rudy." The movie really shows how boys and girls did act at summer camp. Now, my summer camps were all church summer camps, but as young kids we all wanted the same things; to be accepted by others and fit in, and to have a shot at holding a girl's hand and maybe getting a kiss. those times were always great.

Thanks to Ivan Reitman, we have a movie to ensure rekindling of great memories and laughs.


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