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Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 1984 (USA)
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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 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>

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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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Trivia

The drug Takashi ingests during the tricycle race is fictitious. So is Wormser's and Lamar's drill silencer. See more »

Goofs

At the Pep Rally, when UN Jefferson shows up and the coach lets go of Gilbert and the mic stand, Gilbert stumbles out of frame away from the stage. When UN Jefferson goes to hand Gilbert the microphone, he is laying on the ground right in front of the stage, next to to the mic stand. See more »

Quotes

[rings door buzzer]
Mail Slot Man: [mail flap opens, revealing a pair of crazed eyes] Who's there?
Booger: [pauses] Ahhh, is...
Mail Slot Man: What do you want?
Booger: Is this the Stewart residence?
Mail Slot Man: Why are you here?
Booger: Ahh, I've come about the roo...
Mail Slot Man: WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Booger: I've come about the roo...
Mail Slot Man: Don't have, no way!
[...]
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DIRTBAGS......A Part of Growing Up See more »

Alternate Versions

The version that airs on VH1 Classic cuts out most of the more profane language, blurs the word "head" on Booger's "Gimme Head Til I'm Dead" shirt, blurs the jocks' butts during the mooning sequence, cuts the good majority of the "watching the Pis on the cameras" scene, including Booger's infamous "We've got bush!" line. However, unlike most other edited for TV versions, the phrase "god damn" is uncensored. See more »

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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Night of the Creeps (2014) See more »

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We Are the Champions
Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Compact Television
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An Instant Classic for the Underdog in All of Us...
5 December 2005 | by Isaac5855See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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