Camp Cucamonga

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For the 1959 novelty song, see The Battle of Kookamonga.
Camp Cucamonga
Camp Cucamonga VHS cover.jpg
Camp Cucamonga VHS cover.
(Clockwise from left) Josh Saviano, Chad Allen, Danica McKellar, Candace Cameron
Written by Bennett Tramer (Story & teleplay)
Rich Melcombe (Story)
Directed by Roger Duchowny
Starring John Ratzenberger
Brian Robbins
Jennifer Aniston
Chad Allen
Candace Cameron
Danica McKellar
Josh Saviano
Tasha Scott
Jaleel White
Dorothy Lyman
Richard Herd
Sherman Hemsley
G. Gordon Liddy
Theme music composer Michael Cruz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Larry Harris
Running time 93 min
Original channel NBC
Original release September 23, 1990

Camp Cucamonga (also titled: How I Spent My Summer and Lights Out) is a made-for-television movie that was first aired on NBC on September 23, 1990.[1]

The family film served primarily as a vehicle to cast a variety of stars from popular TV series of the era,[2] including John Ratzenberger (Cheers), Brian Robbins (Head of the Class), Chad Allen (My Two Dads), Candace Cameron (Full House), Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar (both of The Wonder Years), Jaleel White (Family Matters), Dorothy Lyman (Mama's Family) and Sherman Hemsley (Amen). The film is also notable for including an early starring role for Jennifer Aniston before she became particularly well known, as well as a supporting role for Breckin Meyer and the comedy acting debut of G. Gordon Liddy.[3]


The movie is set at a summer camp run by former accountant Marvin Schector (John Ratzenberger). Much of the plot focuses on the endless pranks and mishaps that the campers and counselors get up to. Amongst this backdrop there are also two subplots involving a camp inspection gone awry and a budding romance between two of the counselors – Roger Burke (Brian Robbins) and Marvin's daughter Ava Schector (Jennifer Aniston).

Among the campers are sweethearts Frankie (Chad Allen) and Amber (Candace Cameron), rebellious Lindsey (Danica McKellar), nerdy Max (Josh Saviano), hip Dennis (Jaleel White) and his love interest, Jennifer (Tasha Scott). The group becomes involved in such adventures as getting lost in the woods, making a rap video to promote the camp, and finally putting their differences aside to track down Lindsey when she runs away after learning of her parents' impending divorce.

Camp Cucamonga was released on VHS in 1992 and on DVD in 2004.



  1. ^ "Television Listings: TELEVISION THE WEEK AT A GLANCE A GUIDE TO NOTABLE SHOWS, SEPT. 21 TO 27.". Entertainment Weekly. 1990-09-21. 
  2. ^ overview
  3. ^ Engstrom, John (1990-08-10). "DOING THE RAITT THING". Boston Globe. 

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