Meatballs

Meatballs

Director: Ivan Reitman Cast: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch
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Overview

Meatballs

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

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2012
UPC: 0031398149309
Original Release: 1979
Rating: NR
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 2,803

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audio Commentary with Director Ivan Reitman and Co-Writer/Producer Dan Goldberg; Trailer Gallery

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Meatballs
1. Wake Up Show [4:40]
2. Loading Up [8:20]
3. First Day [12:51]
4. Running [8:04]
5. Bed Relocation [14:09]
6. The Dance [8:09]
7. Scary Story [9:41]
8. The Olympiad [3:28]
9. Losing [9:28]
10. Marathon [5:45]
11. Final Campfire [6:08]
12. Credits [2:49]

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Meatballs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you ever worked at a kids' camp and/or if you love Bill Murray, you've got to have this in your library - enjoy :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film will always hold a warm place in my heart. I remember it as being before Bill Murray hit the big time (with Ghostbusters et al), before he even left SNL if I recall correctly. It blends two familiar storylines -- a teenage boy learning to believe in himself, along with the underdog team beating the overhyped favorite. It shares some features with Revenge of the Nerds (less-advantaged weirdo kids from the low-rent camp get revenge on the rich kids at a rival camp). It kind of points toward the John Hughes type vehicles of the 80s, but it's a little less self-conscious. Bill Murray is wonderful, completely taking over the show in his now-familiar style. This movie offers us the great chant/cheer "It just doesn't matter! It just doesn't matter!"