Revenge of the Nerds

July 20th, 1984


Revenge of the Nerds

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Still of Anthony Edwards, Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong, Timothy Busfield, Larry B. Scott and Brian Tochi in Revenge of the NerdsStill of Robert Carradine, Ted McGinley and Julia Montgomery in Revenge of the NerdsStill of Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong, Timothy Busfield and Larry B. Scott in Revenge of the NerdsStill of Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong, Timothy Busfield and Larry B. Scott in Revenge of the Nerds

At a big campus, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self respect.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.4/10 (21,168 voted)

Director: Jeff Kanew

Stars: Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Timothy Busfield

When lovable nerds Gilbert and Lewis embark on their freshman year at Adams College, little do they realize the perils that await them. They're beset with taunting by the jocks of Alpha Beta fraternity, which only worsens when the jocks accidentally burn down their house and are forced 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 Pointdexter, 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 win and make a difference?

Writers: Tim Metcalfe, Miguel Tejada-Flores

Robert Carradine - Lewis Skolnick
Anthony Edwards - Gilbert Lowell
Timothy Busfield - Arnold Poindexter
Andrew Cassese - Harold Wormser
Curtis Armstrong - Dudley 'Booger' Dawson
Larry B. Scott - Lamar Latrell
Brian Tochi - Toshiro Takashi
Julia Montgomery - Betty Childs (as Julie Montgomery)
Michelle Meyrink - Judy
Ted McGinley - Stan Gable
Matt Salinger - Danny Burke
Donald Gibb - Fred "The Ogre" Palowakski, Alpha Beta
James Cromwell - Mr. Skolnick (as Jamie Cromwell)
David Wohl - Dean Ulich
John Goodman - Coach Harris

Taglines: Their time has come!

Release Date: 20 July 1984

Filming Locations: Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity House - 638 E. University Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,513,090 (USA) (22 July 1984) (364 Screens)

Gross: $40,900,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The entire sequence from Betty hanging up her robe through the exterior shot of the Tri-Lambda house the next morning is three minutes long.

Continuity: 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.

Betty Childs, Pi-Delta-Pi: [blissfully] Oh, Stan. You were wonderful. You did things to me you've never done before.
[Lewis takes off his mask]
Betty Childs, Pi-Delta-Pi: [gasps] Ahhh! You're that NERD!
Lewis: Yeah.
Betty Childs, Pi-Delta-Pi: [blissfully] Oh, you were wonderful.
[gasps in ecstacy]
Betty Childs, Pi-Delta-Pi: Are all nerds as good as you?
Lewis: Yes.
Betty Childs, Pi-Delta-Pi: How come?
Lewis: 'Cause all Jocks ever think about is sports, all we ever think about is sex.

User Review

Another funny teen film from the 80's

Rating: 9/10

With the resurgence of the raunchy teen comedy, now seems like as good a time as ever to go back and study its roots. What kinds of films influenced American Pie and Road Trip? It is easy to point out films like Porky's, Animal House and Fasttimes, but somewhere forgotten in all this is Jeff Kanew's hilarious flick REVENGE OF THE NERDS. This is not only entertaining and funny, but it contains what has to be considered a blue print for success in campus comedy. Take lots of people getting drunk, jocks ostracizing nerds from there way of life, the weak rising up to take back what is just as much a right as it is to others, and of course lots of nudity featuring an abundance of gorgeous women. What you have here is a great recipe for success.

What made Revenge work is that it didn't try to pretend to be something that it wasn't. This was an exploitive sex-fest and it worked well. What it also had was a funny script and one that we could all relate to. I mean, who hasn't felt left out or relegated to the side lines while someone else gets all the glory? Besides being extremely funny, this film touched on something that we all can relate to.

Revenge of the Nerds is another of the teen films that was hilarious and it ended up spawning a slew of sequels. Avoid them and see this one again. It's worth it, especially if you were a teen when it came out. And if you are a teen now, this is a treat to watch. This is one of the films that writers study when they are thinking what they can put into their film to make it crude, rude and raunchy. This should be a must see!

9 out of 10


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