At Adams College, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self-respect.


Jeff Kanew


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


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 <>

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




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Did You Know?


A display in the background of Tri-Lambda's performance at the end is provided by a Tandy Color Computer using the Audio Spectrum Analyzer cartridge. One of the nerds carries a board with shoulder straps that has a CoCo attached to it. See more »


The roof-mounted packing trunk disappears momentarily during the initial drive to Adams in Mr Skolnick's car. See more »


[Ogre snatches a pie from a nerd customer]
Ogre: Thanks wimp, get yourself one!
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Crazy Credits

DIRTBAGS......A Part of Growing Up See more »

Alternate Versions

AMC airing cuts the second "Plaid Brothers" joke at the Homecoming Carnival (the "Leave It To Beaver" one.) See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.55 (2009) See more »


We Are the Champions
Performed by Queen
Produced by Queen assisted by Mike Stone
Written by Freddie Mercury
Queen Music Ltd./Beechwood Music, Ltd. (BMI)
Courtesy of Elektra Records/Outside U.S.A.
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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 all!


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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Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA) See more »

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Revenge of the Nerds See more »


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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,513,090, 22 July 1984

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