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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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Are You Ready For The Summer? 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:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Sonolab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The futuristic helmet worn by Murray is a toy "Lunar Patrol" helmet, from the Tim-Mee/Processed Plastic division of J. Lloyd International, Inc. One size fits all. See more »

Goofs

When Candace pulls Crockett on to the motor boat. when he is upside down, you can see the shape of a wireless microphone pack on his back. See more »

Quotes

Larry Finkelstein: [talking about Spaz and Jackie] How did you make out?
Spaz: Well, we just kind of talked.
Larry Finkelstein: You had her in the woods and you just talked? You didn't do anything. YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING.
Spaz: I, um, held her hand when we walked home.
Larry Finkelstein: Held her hand? Spaz, you're on your way! Held her hand. In the woods! And it was dark!
Spaz: Yeah.
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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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Referenced in The New Adventures of Old Christine: Get Smarter (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Meatballs
Sung by Rick Dees
Written by Norman Gimbel and Elmer Bernstein
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This is one of my all-time favorite films
21 January 2002 | by DMichaelDavidsonSee all my reviews

'Meatballs' is a nice and surprisingly, bittersweet film. It remains every bit as fresh, funny and entertaining as the day it was first released. Forget the sleazy in-name only "sequels". This is the one-and-only, the original. It is a very good-natured and uplifting film. It makes and leaves you feeling good, but a little bit sad when it is over. It perfectly captures the experiences of being a kid, summer camp, camping and growing-up. It also captures just as well the memories made by making friends and having a good time and the pain of having to say goodbye. There are many memorably funny moments and even some touching ones, as well. It is unthinkable how anyone could not like this film or give it bad reviews. Having grown-up in the late 1970's, it is a nice trip to the past and fond memories of summers gone-by. I highly recommend this warm, charming and upbeat film. Don't miss it!


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