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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 1984 (USA)
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At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect.

Director:

Jeff Kanew

Writers:

Tim Metcalfe (story), Miguel Tejada-Flores (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carradine ... Lewis
Anthony Edwards ... Gilbert
Timothy Busfield ... Poindexter
Andrew Cassese 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
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Storyline

When lovable nerds Gilbert and Lewis embark on their freshman year at Adams College, little do they realize the dangers that await them. They are beset by taunting from the jocks of Alpha Beta fraternity, which only worsens when the jocks accidentally burn down their house and toss the freshmen out of the freshmen dorm. To make matters more problematic, Lewis develops a crush on pretty Betty Childs, popular sorority sister and quarterback's girlfriend. Joined by the aptly named Booger and the violin-playing Poindexter, the nerds soon realize they must form their own fraternity in self-defense. Soon the tables are turned as the nerds employ high-tech warfare against the jocks.... but can they really succeed and make a difference? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They've been laughed at, picked on and put down. But now it's time for the odd to get even! Their time has come! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The song that Poindexter practices on his violin throughout the movie is actually a very slowed down version of his part in the homecoming carnival musical number. See more »

Goofs

The label for the brown bottle of "Liquid Heat" changes position between shots to always face the camera. See more »

Quotes

[Gilbert tries to get at the microphone, but Coach Harris and the Alpha Betas grab him]
Dean Ulich: Leave him alone!
Coach Harris: What did you say?
Dean Ulich: I said leave him alone!
Coach Harris: I'll break his goddamn neck if he doesn't...
Dean Ulich: You will do NOTHING of the sort! Don't touch that boy!
Coach Harris: [Gilbert gets shoved to the ground and the coach shoves Dean Ulich] Says *who*?
Dean Ulich: Says *ME*!
[Shoves Coach Harris]
Dean Ulich: You asshole!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits sequence is played over the Nerds' drive to Adams College. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were complete. The 2003 TCF DVD featured a re-edited print which was changed for legal reasons to remove a genuine telephone number on the "For Rent" sign. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hitch (2005) See more »

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Written by Tommy Dunbar and Judge
Performed by The Rubinoos
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My brief review of the film
28 May 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

Although it may be all a bit silly and quite clichéd, this is nevertheless a good film of its type, with main characters that are appealing and a great title song, scored by Thomas Newman, who would later compose the scores of movies such as 'American Beauty'. The film does not really go anywhere much at all, the jokes work only about half the time, and it is all a bit short on its content, but despite all of this, the film has a pleasant and rather enjoyable nature not common to the average college comedy, and this makes it a rather uniquely likable film overall. It may not be a great piece of cinema, but it is quite good entertainment.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Nerds See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,513,090, 22 July 1984

Gross USA:

$40,874,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,874,452
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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