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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They've been laughed at, picked on and put down. But now it's time for the odd to get even! Their time has come! See more »

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Comedy

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Although Booger is arguably Curtis Armstrong's most famous character, he initially did not want the role. According to his comments on the Panty Raid DVD edition, he originally read for the role of Gilbert, but was later asked to read for Booger. He recalls telling fellow actor Bronson Pinchot that if he was offered the role of Booger, "They could just fucking forget it. I'm not picking my nose on camera for anyone." 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

Lewis: [in line at the Kissing Booth at the Homecoming Carnival] Hi, Betty.
Betty Childs: A nerd? I'm not kissing a nerd.
Lewis: You have to. I paid my money.
Betty Childs: [Lewis tries to kiss Betty] It's time for my break.
Stan Gable: [Stan brings a short, fat, ugly woman, instead] Kiss this, nerd.
Betty Childs: I want to do it, Stan. All this kissing has made me horny.
Stan Gable: God, Betty, you're like a goat.
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Crazy Credits

The title appears on screen immediately following the 20th Century Fox logo, before the Fox Fanfare concludes. 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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Spoofed in Family Guy: Don't Make Me Over (2005) See more »

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Are You Ready
Performed by Ya-Ya
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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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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:

$40,874,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,874,452
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1.85 : 1
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