Meatballs

Meatballs

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Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch

     
 

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Set at a low-end summer camp and aimed squarely at a teen audience, Meatballs is a light screwball comedy that turned its low-budget Canadian roots into a very profitable box-office run. The biggest reason for the film's success is Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest RoxanneSee more details below

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Set at a low-end summer camp and aimed squarely at a teen audience, Meatballs is a light screwball comedy that turned its low-budget Canadian roots into a very profitable box-office run. The biggest reason for the film's success is Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp's director Morty (Harvey Atkins), who is affectionately known as Mickey. Camp opens with Tripper and Morty preparing the misfit counselors-in-training -- Spaz, Fink, Crockett, A.L., Candace, Wendy, and Wheels among them -- for the arrival of their hyperactive little charges. After settling in, kids and counselors begin their activities with a soccer game in which depressed 11-year-old Rudy (Chris Makepeace) accidentally loses the game. Cast out by the other children, Rudy runs away only to come across Tripper, who befriends the boy and makes him his running partner. Romance, sexy fun, and comic hijinx -- usually with the heavy-sleeping Morty as their target -- lead up to an annual Olympiad in which Camp Northstar battles the wealthier and athletically superior residents of Camp Mohawk. The challenging events include cup stacking, potato-sack racing, and a nauseating hot dog-eating contest in which the portly Fink devours his way to victory. With the two-day event tied up, it comes down to the cross-country run, in which Tripper enters Rudy. Meatballs was the first major directorial effort by multi-talented filmmaker Ivan Reitman, whose name has since become synonymous with the comedy genre. ~ Patrick Legare

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The first of Bill Murray's cinematic comedy hits in the wake of his stint on TV's Saturday Night Live, Meatballs is a silly, enjoyable romp set at a low-cost summer camp. Murray stars as the camp's head counselor, a quack whose immature, screwball sense of humor hides a good-natured veneer when he befriends a depressed 11-year-old (My Bodyguard's Chris Makepeace). Other characters, played primarily by an unknown Canadian cast, include camp chief Morty (Harvey Atkin), Murray's love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch), the ultra-nerd Spaz (Jack Blum), and his hefty pal Fink (Keith Knight). All figure into the film's funniest scenes including Spaz's seemingly hopeless efforts to find a girlfriend and Fink's repulsive but hilarious appearance in a hot dog-eating contest. However, it's Murray who really ignites the picture, whether he's doing wacky camp announcements, telling a campfire story about a hook-handed killer, or inspiring his overmatched troops with his chant of "It just doesn't matter" in a scene that recalls John Belushi's rant for revenge in National Lampoon's Animal House. The slim plot finds Murray's Camp Northstar pitted against the rich kids at nearby Camp Mohawk in the annual summer games. Naturally, the underdogs make a valiant comeback that is all for naught if Makepeace's Rudy can't win a four-mile run. Directed by Ivan Reitman, who later helmed Stripes and Ghostbusters, Meatballs actually retains a degree of sweetness and innocence that sets it apart from the raunchier comedies of its era, including Caddyshack (which co-starred Murray) and the Reitman-produced Animal House.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/1997
UPC:
0026359061233
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Tripper
Harvey Atkin Morty
Kate Lynch Roxanne
Russ Banham Crockett
Jack Blum Spaz
Greg Swangon Actor
Ron Barry Lance
Paul Boyle Ace
James McLarty Horse
Kristine de Bell A.L.
Chris Makepeace Rudy
Sarah Torgov Candace
Keith Knight Fink
Cindy Girling Wendy
Todd Hoffman Wheels
Margot Pinvidic Jackie
Matt Craven Hardware
Norma dell'Agnese Brenda
Michael Kirby Eddy
Vince Guerriero Rhino
Heather Preece Patti
Alison Diver Carla
Valerie Fersht Liza
Allan Levson Peter DeWitt
Patrick Hynes Andrew
Hadley Kay Bradley
Billie Kishonti Jeffrey
Peter Hume Actor
Ruth Rennie Jody

Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director,Producer
Janis Allen Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer,Songwriter
Len Blum Screenwriter
David Charles Art Director
John Dunning Producer
Judith R. Gellman Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Gimbel Songwriter
Dan Goldberg Producer,Screenwriter
Debra Karen Editor
Andre Link Producer
Harold Ramis Screenwriter
Don Wilder Cinematographer

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