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Fraternity Vacation (1985)

R | | Comedy | 12 April 1985 (USA)
Theta Pi Gamma fraternity's newest pledge--a gawky, innocent, and utterly uncool bookworm--and two of his self-confident fraternity brothers embark on a week-long vacation in Palm Springs. Can they transform him into a real Casanova?

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James Frawley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Geoffreys ... Wendell Tvedt
Sheree J. Wilson ... Ashley Taylor
Cameron Dye ... Joe Gillespie
Leigh McCloskey ... Charles 'Chas' Lawlor III
Tim Robbins ... Larry 'Mother' Tucker
Matt McCoy ... J.C. Springer
Amanda Bearse ... Nicole Ferret
John Vernon ... Chief Ferret
Nita Talbot ... Mrs. Ferret
Barbara Crampton ... Chrissie
Kathleen Kinmont ... Marianne
Max Wright ... Millard Tvedt
Julie Payne Julie Payne ... Naomi Tvedt
Franklyn Ajaye ... Harry
Charles Rocket ... Madman Mac
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Storyline

A nerd gains the friendship of two of his frat brothers when his dad offers them his condo for the week in Palm Springs, and also offers the fraternity a hot tub and jacuzzi if they can help his son find a girl. They meet two guys from a rival fraternity, and make a bet on who can nail the Designated Babe first. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Astronomy major Wendell Tvedt has studied galaxies, charted planets and pondered the universe. But in Palm Springs, he'll encounter his first full moon. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wendell See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,023,186, 14 April 1985

Gross USA:

$3,333,306

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,333,306
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Perhaps the only instance in which two boys ran away from two beautiful naked women. See more »

Goofs

After Larry and Joe drink beers and eavesdrop Wendell they exit the room, and a crew member can be seen jumping out of the frame on the right. See more »

Quotes

Chrissie: Don't go away Matthew, we'll be right back.
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Alternate Versions

The version that HBO aired in the late '80s had Wendell singing "When the Saints Go Marching In" rather than "Danke Schoen" to Nicole on the bed. See more »

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Referenced in The Reviewers: New Castle (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

CRUEL SUMMER
Written by Sara Dallin (as S. Dallin), Siobhan Fahey (as S.Fahey), Steve Jolley (as S.Jolley), Tony Swain (as T. Swain) and Keren Woodward (as K. Woodward)
Performed by Bananarama
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects
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Extremely Funny and Intelligent
27 June 1999 | by genius-15See all my reviews

Well, plenty of film producers during the 1980s, eager to capitalize on the success of Animal House, released hilarious movies that all had the same basic formula: good natured but mischievous college kids, naked coeds, a minimal plot, and plenty of gut bursting comedy scenes. Fraternity Vacation, like its predecessors (Porky's, Caddyshack, Revenge of the Nerds) has all of this and more, this time in opulent Palm Springs. It's such a shame that film critics turn their noses up at these fine flics and instead praise inferior "dramatic comedies" for their alleged intellectual complexity, when in reality it is political opinions and pressure which shape their faulty viewpoints. I would much rather watch a good natured comedy like this than something like Kramer vs Kramer, Mrs Doubtfire, or Scent of a Woman, all of which are excessively hyped because of their issue based themes. Fraternity Vacation has everything that's fun: love, friendship, light sex, beer drinking, jokes, music, and no violence or heavy mood dampeners (of which all true comedies are devoid). The actors are all talented and pleasing to watch. Fraternity Vacation is often shown on network tv, premium cable and basic cable, although on tv it is heavily edited (I recommend the unedited version). I urge anyone who hasn't seen it but loves good comedy to watch Fraternity Vacation, it's definitely a fun, witty film.


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