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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.

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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>

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the majority of the characters, with the exception of Wormser, were supposed to range from 18 to 21, many of the cast members were either in their early 30s or in their late 20s. See more »

Goofs

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

Dean Ulich: Frankly, I'm not too wild about this next even but it has become a tradition here at Adams: The Belching Contest.
[the crowd cheers]
Dean Ulich: First up, Frederick W. Palowakski.
Ogre: [grunting] It's "Ogre" you asshole!
Dean Ulich: "Ogre, you asshole.", uh "Ogre".
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Crazy Credits

DIRTBAGS......A Part of Growing Up See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions were filmed of the scene in which Betty pulls her shower curtain aside to find Lewis waiting - a "backed-out" version, to give a more wide view of the room, and a close-up of Lewis' face. While the "backed out" version was used during the actual scene in the movie, the zoomed-in one appears in the end credits during the scene in which Robert Carradine is credited for the Lewis role. See more »

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Spoofs Papillon (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Burning Down the House
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth
Performed by Talking Heads
Courtesy of Sire Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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I'm PROUD to be a nerd
9 May 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I first saw "Revenge of the Nerds" when I was ten (that's right, ten). Some people at school had been making fun of me, calling me a nerd. After I saw "ROTF", I was finally proud to call myself a nerd (albeit not one who wears glasses, has buck teeth, and has his pant legs halfway up his calves).

It's especially great that the nerds were such a diverse group of people (Booger may have been gross, but he clearly had a brain).

And there's also an interesting thing about the cast. Robert Carradine must be the only person who has co-starred with both Jane Fonda (he played the brother in "Coming Home") and with the guy who played Booger. And I never realized that Stan was played by the same guy who played Roger on "Happy Days".

So, if you're any kind of individual who has spent his/her life getting bullied, this is the movie for you!


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