Revenge of the Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds

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Director: Jeff Kanew, Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Ted McGinley

Cast: Jeff Kanew, Robert Carradine, Anthony Edwards, Ted McGinley

     
 

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Revenge of the Nerds is the juvenile sex comedy perhaps most synonymous with the 1980s, alternating gags and scantily clad women with a power to the underdogs mentality that prompted three sequels. The handsome jocks of Alpha Beta, led by Stan (Ted McGinley), run Adams College, which means that when they burn down their house after a stunt involving grain

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Revenge of the Nerds is the juvenile sex comedy perhaps most synonymous with the 1980s, alternating gags and scantily clad women with a power to the underdogs mentality that prompted three sequels. The handsome jocks of Alpha Beta, led by Stan (Ted McGinley), run Adams College, which means that when they burn down their house after a stunt involving grain alcohol and an open flame, they kick a bunch of socially inept freshman out of their dorm and into the gymnasium. But sleeping on cots is only the beginning of their worries, as the so-called nerds soon become the target of pranks by Alpha Beta, assisted by Betty (Julie Montgomery) and the gorgeous gals of Pi Delta Pi. Instead of taking the abuse sitting down, the displaced freshman, led by Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) and Lewis (Robert Carradine), buy a ramshackle house, affiliate themselves with the only national chapter who will take them (the all-black Lambda Lambda Lambda), and use their superior intellect to launch a counterstrike. The bespectacled but loveable geeks set up surveillance cameras in the Pi bathroom and put liquid heat in the athletes' jock straps, then draft a sister sorority of misfits (Omega Mu) to strengthen their resources. The frats quickly become bitter rivals, and the goal is to win the annual fraternity decathlon, which involves such feats as a burping contest and a go-cart race, with bragging rights (and perhaps peace of mind) at stake. Look for John Goodman and future thirtysomething cast member Timothy Busfield in small roles, and expect a torrent of nasal laughter. ~ Derek Armstrong, All Movie Guide

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All Movie Guide
After numerous T & A comedies starring the beautiful people, Revenge of the Nerds spun comic and box-office gold from the risky decision to make disenfranchised dorks the heroes. And these are not just "movie nerds," either -- with the possible exception of future ER hunk Anthony Edwards, the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity is genuinely geeky. Although the film's intelligence level is more often in line with Porky's than a masterwork like Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds staked a claim for real public affection, enough to spawn three sequels and turn jock-bashing into a patriotic enterprise. The film lives off its succession of memorable set pieces, many of which focus on the disrobing of sorority sisters: the surveillance-enhanced panty raid, the pie-eating contest, the awkward first co-mingling of the Lambdas and the equally unfortunate Omega Mus. The frat decathlon caps the prank-pulling and one-upping perfectly, closing with the hilarious "Lambda Rap," which younger fans had memorized by their inevitable third or fourth viewing. Curtis Armstrong is particularly funny as the crude belcher Booger, just one of the great names that helped shape future nerd lore: Wormser, Poindexter, Takashi, and Gilbert fill out the crowd. Revenge of the Nerds delineates the college social scene with such willfully broad strokes that it sets up a classic battle between good and evil, picked-on and privileged. The underdog victory allows the audience, through cheeky grins, to celebrate who they really are, rather than who Hollywood tells them they wish they could be.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
UPC:
0024543873112
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
4,822

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Carradine Lewis
Anthony Edwards Gilbert
Ted McGinley Stan
Bernie Casey U.N. Jefferson
Julia Montgomery Betty
Timothy Busfield Poindexter
Andrew Cassese Wormser
Curtis Armstrong Booger
Larry B. Scott Lamar
Brian Tochi Takashi
Donald Gibb Ogre
David Wohl Dean Ulich
John Goodman Coach Harris
Henry Max Kendrick Trainer
Michelle Meyrink Judy
Matt Salinger Burke
James Cromwell Mr. Skolnick
Alice Hirson Mrs. Lowe
F. William Parker Sergeant
Kres Mersky Mrs. Wormsey
Marianne Muellerleile Woman
Lisa Welch Suzy
Lance Lombardo Lamar's Date
Adam Frank Blonde Nerd
Susan Myers Pi
Kelly Reed Lap Girl
Lisa Kolasa Pi Member

Technical Credits
Jeff Kanew Director
King Baggot Cinematographer
Alan Balsam Editor
Peter Bart Executive Producer
Jeff Buhai Screenwriter
Terry Donnelly Asst. Director
Ted Field Producer
Dorain Grusman Choreography
Deborah Hopper Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Lombardo Set Decoration/Design
Peter Macgregor-Scott Co-producer
Eddie Marks Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Metcalfe Screenwriter
Thomas Newman Score Composer
David Obst Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Al Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Samuelson Producer
James L. Schoppe Production Designer
Timothy R. Sexton Consultant/advisor
Miguel Tejada-Flores Screenwriter
Joe Unsinn Special Effects
Trevor Williams Production Designer
Steven Zacharias Original Story,Screenwriter

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I'm a nerd, and I'm pretty proud of it; Deleted scenes; Revenge of the Nerds TV pilot; Commentary by director Jeff Kanew and actors Robert Carradine, Timothy Busfield and Curtis Armstrong; Original theatrical trailer

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