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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

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

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Jeff Kanew

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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>

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Taglines:

The time has come for Revenge of the Nerds! Let the battle begin! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

Lambda Lambda Lambda - the fraternity depicted in the film, would end up becoming the name of a fraternity in real life. It was founded at the University of Connecticut in 2006. See more »

Goofs

In the end credits for the musical listings, Elektra Records is misspelled as Elecktra. See more »

Quotes

[Alpha Beta has been beaten by Lambda Lambda Lambda and Omega Mu]
Coach Harris: Hey, Gable.
Stan Gable: Yeah, Coach.
Coach Harris: I want to see you, and the other girls, in the locker room, now!
Stan Gable: Yes, sir.
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Crazy Credits

The title appears on screen immediately following the 20th Century Fox logo, before the Fox Fanfare concludes. See more »

Alternate Versions

Early video releases include a scene where the Nerds are actually shown walking to the abandoned house, with Louis leading the way holding the "For Sale" sign. See more »

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Referenced in Bunheads: Movie Truck (2012) See more »

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Are You Ready
Performed by Ya-Ya
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It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times
20 August 2001 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Typical 1980s teen comedy that is near the top of its unspectacular genre. The title says it all as college freshmen led by Anthony Edwards and Robert Carradine learn that university life is even worse than high school life as they are bullied by a fraternity of football players led by Ted McGinley. Revenge does take place as a civil war of students ensues and is fueled by gross-out jokes, sexual situations, and all sorts of other crazed perversions. When all is said and done the film is a curious over-achiever in the end. The main reason is the cast is so likeable. Donald Gibbs steals the show as one of the crazed football players and established actors like James Cromwell, John Goodman, and David Wohl also leave lasting impressions. Former NFL star Bernie Casey is also great as the nerds' fraternal sponsor. Far from excellent, but still an enjoyable little film. 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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