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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lewis
... Gilbert
... Poindexter
Andrew Cassese ... Wormser
... 'Booger'
... Lamar
... Takashi
... Betty Childs (as Julie Montgomery)
... Judy
... Stan Gable
Matt Salinger ... Burke
... Ogre
... Mr. Skolnick (as Jamie Cromwell)
... Dean Ulich
... 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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Also Known As:

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,513,090, 22 July 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,900,000
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Trivia

The Greek Council scenes were shot in a Masonic Hall. Earl, the old man who assists with showing the Nerds in, was the caretaker of the Masonic Hall. Additionally, on the commentary, the actors claim that the "extra" Nerds do not appear in this scene because they would have to have paid them. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Lewis shows the nerds their new home. An abandoned and dilapidated house]
Lewis: Isn't she beautiful?
[the nerds give him confused and angry looks, Lewis smiles at them]
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The opening credits sequence is played over the Nerds' drive to Adams College. See more »

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Thriller
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Produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson
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Courtesy of Eric Records
RodSongs, Rondor Music (London) Ltd./ Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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An Instant Classic for the Underdog in All of Us...
5 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The ultimate "Misfits Revenge" movie, REVENGE OF THE NERDS became an instant classic in 1984, with some of the most memorable scenes and quotable dialogue since YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. This raunchy comedy follows a group of oddball college students who are thrown together by circumstance and exposed to constant humiliation and ridicule by the jock fraternity on campus and how they get their ultimate pay back. Yes, the film is predictable as they come as we've seen this formula a million times, but it's watchable thanks to some wonderful set pieces, outrageous dialogue and on target performances by Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Curtis Armstrong (memorable as Booger), John Goodman, Ted McGinley (no that is not a misprint), Larry B. Scott, and Timothy Busfield. Standout scenes include the "Wonder Joint" Party and the Lamda's musical performance during the big Olympic competition. A hilarious comedy that demands repeated viewings.


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