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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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For these fraternity guys, life is beer, babes and wild parties. But on vacation they really cut loose. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Barbara Crampton and and Kathleen Kinmont as stars of the Re-Animator movies were at the Texas Frightmare Weekend 2019: Re-Animator Panel. While Fraternity Vacation was not mentioned, Kathleen did say that it was unfortunate that she did not get to work with Barbara in The Bride of Re-Animator as they would have worked together again. See more »

Goofs

When Mother found Chrissie pretending to be pregnant he said. "Let me guess - Joe's pregnant girlfriend." This was a reference to the earlier scene when Chrissie and Marianne played a prank on Mother and Joe by making out with them, but Chrissie was making out with Mother, not Joe. See more »

Quotes

Chief Ferret: Nelson, call in the National Guard!
Nicole Ferret: Daddy?
Chief Ferret: Not now sweetheart, Daddy's busy.
Nicole Ferret: Let them go!
Chief Ferret: What?
Nicole Ferret: I said let them go, please?
Chief Ferret: Absolutely not! It's out of the question!
Nicole Ferret: If you don't let them go, I will never ever speak to you again!
Chief Ferret: Aw, sweetheart!
Nicole Ferret: ...and I'll marry a Democrat!
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

DANKE SHOEN
Written by Bert Kaempfert / Kurt Schwabach / Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler)
Published by Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc.
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I love it
26 January 2004 | by Jonger_2002See all my reviews

This is definitely one of them guilty pleasure kind of movies. It's one of them movies that I watched very often when I was just a little kid and it was first debuting on HBO. Most kids didn't get to watch this kind of stuff when they were just six-years-old, so I was fortunate. Of course, I didn't really understand a lot of humor and mostly what I took from it was seeing naked girls for the first time.

I recently found the movie on video from back in the day, so I just finished watching it for the first time in years. I'm now 22, and it makes a lot more sense than it did when I first saw it about 14 years ago, especially the line that Wendell uses to win over Nicole. The one nude scene early in the movie gave me a whole new kind of feeling as well. :)

After seeing Tim Robbins in movies such as Bull Durham, The Shawshank Redepmtion, and the Hudsucker Proxy; it's amusing to see him play the role of a college party animal named Mother. Some of the actors do seem a little old and overdressed for spring break, but it's still pretty funny and worth watching if you have some free time and feel like reflecting on the '80s. The movie has too much sentimental value for me to down it, so I give it two big thumbs up.


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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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