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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.

Director:

Jeff Kanew

Writers:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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:

Revenge of the Nerds See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,513,090, 22 July 1984

Gross USA:

$40,900,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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When Gilbert begins making his "I'm a nerd" speech near the end the film, his jacket sleeve is stained with dirt from the Alpha Beta attack just moments ago. During the speech, the dirt appears and disappears between shots. See more »

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Takashi: Excuse please, but why do they call you "booger"?
Booger: [picking his nose] I don't know.
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DIRTBAGS......A Part of Growing Up See more »

Alternate Versions

The Castilian Spanish version was titled "La Revancha de los Novatos", "The Revenge of the Freshmans". The word "Nerd" was changed to "Freshman", and that was kept for the next movies too. See more »

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Revenge of the 80's: The franchise film series.
8 July 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Revenge of the Nerds (1984) was a surprise hit. The film follows the adventures of two "nerds" as they go to college and try to join a fraternity. Oh the trials and tribulations they go through. Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards are the two "nerds"who do everything they can to try and fit in with the rest of the college crowd.

This one is the first and best of the series. They should have left well enough alone. But since this was made during the 80's, a mandatory sequel was made. I recommend this movie. It's entertaining and worth watching. But like all 80's movies

it has to have a message. That's my only real complaint about the movie. A funny film none the less. Just avoid the rest of the series.

Worth a view.


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