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

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Robert Carradine says that when he read the script, Lewis' laugh was described as a "goose honk" he was not sure how to do it. However, by chance the first scenes shot were of his father dropping Lewis and Gilbert off at college. When James Cromwell did the laugh, Carradine mimicked it. See more »

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Many of the videos the Nerds receive of the Pis using the cameras are from angles that were not attainable with any of the ceiling-mounted cameras. 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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DIRTBAGS......A Part of Growing Up See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the film shown on Comedy Central cuts out a good chunk of the "roll call" scene, including the "why do they call you Booger" dialogue and a basketball landing in the bunk area. See more »

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One of the 80's best comedies!!!
31 August 2002 | by DarkATXSee all my reviews

I recall watching this film in a drive-in as part of the double-bill. We had just finished watching the phenomenal Ghostbusters and having this follow it was a pleasant surprise indeed.

It's pretty much a 'Rocky'-type plot. The underdogs fighting back to win it BUT it's how these types go about it that makes this movie so charming!

Being an 80's film, political correctness was not considered...at all!

Thank-god!

I hunted this movie down after trying several video stores to no avail and finally after popping it in and showing it to family and friends (some of whom were too young to have seen it or not born at all during this film's release!) enjoyed it thoroughly! It's nearly timeless!!! Watching Bernie Casey listening to 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot' had us all on the floor!!! We're black and we weren't offended in the least! Why should we? It's a harmless comedy with good ol' dirty humour for all.

Porky's and Animal House are the only ones of this era that could be considered part of the holy Teen-age comedy trilogy! All the rest, and there were a few, just don't measure up.

My folks and I enjoyed this film almost 20 years ago in that old drive-in (which has long-been shut-down now), while leaving my dad cited that it was a rare event to watch two great comedies back-to-back like that...two great nostalgic classics...very rare indeed!


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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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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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