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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tripper
... Morty
... Roxanne
Russ Banham ... Crockett
... A.L.
Sarah Torgov ... Candace
... Spaz
... Fink
Cindy Girling ... Wendy
Todd Hoffman ... Wheels
Margot Pinvidic ... Jackie
... Hardware (as Matt Cravenn)
... Brenda
... Rudy
... Eddy
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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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29 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Summer Camp  »

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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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According to legend, the running gag of calling Camp Northstar Director Morty, by the name of Mickey instead, is an arcane reference to Mickey Mouse's original name, Mortimer Mouse. See more »

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When Candace pulls Crockett into the boat he lands on his head. In the next shot as she is pulling away from the dock he is standing up and leaning over. Then the next cut shows he is back on his head and getting up. See more »

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Wendy: Tripper, I'm looking forward to some action this summer. I hope you can supply it.
Tripper: I'll supply it for you, but the guy you gotta watch out for is Spaz!
Wendy: Spaz?
Tripper: He's a sex machine.
Wendy: He couldn't wake me up with a trumpet and a drum!
Tripper: Well I went out with him one night and he got off six nurses by himself, and four of them couldn't report to work the next morning!
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Good Friend
Sung by Mary MacGregor
Written by Norman Gimbel and Elmer Bernstein
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The first and best of the MEATBALLS movies!
23 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I caught this on television one day when I was young and loved it. In the 1970's, there were a bunch of lame comedies that tried too hard to be be funny so it this was a nice surprise. It's one of the best comedies of the 1970's and the definitive summer camp comedy thanks to Murrary's excellent comedic performance, which still stands as one of his greatest. This is the film that really got Ivan Reitman noticed as a director. Reitman proves with this movie that he is one of the most talented comedy directors of all time. While this film is hilarious and MEATBALLS 2 is so bad that it's fun, MEATBALLS 3 and MEATBALLS 4 are absolutely dreadful. Recommended for those who enjoyed STRIPES and GHOSTBUSTERS.


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