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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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3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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When this lot go back to nature, nature runs for it's life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Camp See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,170, 1 July 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,046,003
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Sonolab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ivan Reitman and Harold Ramis wanted John Landis to direct this movie, because of his work that he did on National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). But Landis turned it down because he was too busy working on The Blues Brothers (1980). Because of this, Reitman decided to direct it himself. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning when the children are getting off the buses after arriving at camp you see a kid wearing a scarf and holding a red jacket on the field. A few shots later you see the same child getting off the bus. See more »

Quotes

The Stomach: What? No mustard?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Modern Family: Crying Out Loud (2015) See more »

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Good Friend
Sung by Mary MacGregor
Written by Norman Gimbel and Elmer Bernstein
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MEATBALLS!
20 October 2000 | by fandangonoirSee all my reviews

They know it all but don't know where it's at. Talk about winning games but they can't hold a bat! Yes, the best summer camp movie ever is this here flick! This is back when Bill Murray was the coolest and funniest guy on the planet. Me and every other kid in America musta saw this film a dozen times at the theaters and another dozen times on TV back in the late 70's and early 80's. I still can't figure why he went for the chick who played Roxanne. She was the least attractive chick in the whole flick. And Morty kinda reminds me of a 70's version of Baba Booey! But not nearly as dumb, stupid, and ugly. Morty is Robert Redford compare to Baba Booey. Horsetoothed creature from the jungle! Yes, Meatballs, the ultimate summer camp movie if not the ultimate summer party movie. Or Groovie Movie as Commander USA would say!


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