Revenge of the Nerds
|Revenge of the Nerds|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jeff Kanew|
|Produced by||Ted Field (producer)
Peter Samuelson (producer)
Peter Macgregor-Scott (co-producer)
|Screenplay by||Jeff Buhai
|Story by||Tim Metcalfe|
|Music by||Thomas Newman|
|Editing by||Alan Balsam|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Box office||$60,400,000 (Including rentals)|
Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 comedy film about social life on a college campus. The film stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards, with Curtis Armstrong, Ted McGinley, Julia Montgomery, Brian Tochi, Larry B. Scott, Michelle Meyrink, John Goodman, and Donald Gibb. The film was directed by Jeff Kanew.
Best friends and nerds Lewis Skolnick (Robert Carradine) and Gilbert Lowe (Anthony Edwards) enroll in Adams College to study computer science. The Alpha Betas, a fraternity to which many members of the school's football team belong, carelessly burn down their own house and seize the freshmen dorm for themselves. The college allows the displaced freshmen, living in the gymnasium, to join fraternities or move to other housing. Lewis, Gilbert, and other outcasts who cannot join a fraternity renovate a dilapidated home to serve as their own fraternity house.
The Alpha Betas and their associated sorority, the Pi Delta Psi, harass the nerds. The nerds appeal to the Greek Council, but its president Stan Gable (Ted McGinley), the leader of the Alpha Betas, rejects their complaints as the nerds are not a part of any fraternity. The nerds attempt to join a national fraternity, but all but one reject them. They meet U.N. Jefferson (Bernie Casey), the head of the black fraternity Lambda Lambda Lambda (Tri-Lambs). Although Jefferson notes that the applicants are nerds, he gives them probationary membership when Poindexter (Timothy Busfield) discovers that the Tri-Lambs' official bylaws require it.
The nerds prepare a party and invite Jefferson, but the party appears ruined when the Pi Delta Pis, after promising to be their dates, do not appear. However, thanks to the Omega Mus - a sorority consisting largely of overweight or geeky women - and large amounts of marijuana supplied by Booger (Curtis Armstrong), the party is ultimately successful. Towards the end of the evening, the Alpha Betas and Pis unleash a herd of pigs in the nerds' house, then loudly taunt and moon them from the street; Jefferson sees firsthand the harassment the nerds face.
The nerds seek revenge; they stage a panty raid on the Pi Delta Pi house and use the distraction to install video cameras to spy on the women while they undress. The nerds then sneak into the football team's locker room and pour a powerful liniment on the players' jock straps, resulting in a painful and humiliating football practice. The nerds' ingenuity impresses Jefferson, who officially makes them the Adams College chapter of Lambda Lambda Lambda.
The Alpha Betas continue to harass the nerds, however, leaving a burning "NERDS" sign outside the house. The new Tri-Lambs realize they need to win control of the Greek Council by winning the annual Greek Games during homecoming. They use their significant knowledge to compete well with the Alpha Betas during the athletic portion of the event. They then use topless photos taken from their Pi Delta cameras to easily win the charity sales and costume events, during which Lewis seduces Stan's girlfriend Betty Childs (Julia Montgomery) by posing as Stan while they have sex. Booger soundly defeats Ogre (Donald Gibb) in a belching contest. Finally, the nerds' elaborate, computer-driven musical production wins the final event of the Greek Games, and the Lambdas nominate Gilbert to succeed Stan as president of the Greek Council.
The angry Alpha Betas vandalize the Tri-Lambs' house. Gilbert attempts to denounce the act at the homecoming pep rally, but the Alpha Betas attack him, while Coach Harris (John Goodman) prepares to assault the school's dean when he intervenes. The Alpha Betas and Harris are stopped when Jefferson and a group of Tri-Lambs from other chapters arrive and intimidate them. As the other nerds arrive, Gilbert makes an inspiring speech about how it feels to be mistreated just for being different, and Lewis invites anyone who has "ever felt stepped on, left out, picked on, put down" to come and join them. Betty and most members of the assembled crowd do so, to the chagrin of the Alpha Betas. The Dean gives the Tri-Lambs the Alpha Beta house until theirs is repaired, while the Alpha Betas must live in the gymnasium. The film ends with the nerds celebrating their victory, accompanied by "We Are the Champions".
- Robert Carradine as Lewis Skolnick, one of two protagonists
- Anthony Edwards as Gilbert Lowe, the other protagonist
- Timothy Busfield as Arnold Poindexter, plays the violin
- Andrew Cassese as Harold Wormser, a 12-year-old forced into college by his parents
- Curtis Armstrong as Dudley "Booger" Dawson, with disgusting personal habits
- Brian Tochi as Takashi Toshiro
- Larry B. Scott as Lamar Latrell
- Michelle Meyrink as Judy, Gilbert's girlfriend
- Jocks and their girls
- Ted McGinley as Stan Gable, the film's main antagonist
- Donald Gibb as Frederick W. "The Ogre" Palowaski
- Matt Salinger as Danny Burke, Stan's second-in-command
- Julia Montgomery as Betty Childs, a cheerleader and Stan's girlfriend (as Julie Montgomery)
- Lisa Welch as Suzy, a cheerleader
- John Goodman as Coach Harris, nerd-hating coach of the jocks and a major antagonist
- David Wohl as Dean Ulich, nerdy dean of Adams College
- Bernie Casey as U.N. Jefferson, President of the national Lambda-Lambda-Lambda ("Tri-Lamb") fraternity
- James Cromwell as Mr. Skolnick, Lewis Skolnick's father.
- Alice Hirson as Florence 'Flo' Lowe, Gilbert's mother
Exterior scenes such as the arrival of the nerds at college and the fraternity houses were filmed at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. The original Nerds residence, from which they were ousted, was in fact Cochise Hall. Their subsequent residence was Bear Down Gymnasium. The original Alpha Beta fraternity house that gets burned down was shot (at the time of filming) at the Alpha Gamma Rho house, now the Beta Theta Pi house on University Boulevard and the Pi house was the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house.
|Revenge of the Nerds|
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||July 20, 1984
March 31, 1998 CD
|Genre||College rock, new wave, synthpop|
|1.||"Manhattan"||Andrea & Hot Mink||3:45|
|2.||"Don't Talk"||Ya Ya||4:02|
|3.||"One Foot in Front of the Other"||Bone Symphony||3:10|
|5.||"Revenge of the Nerds"||The Rubinoos||3:19|
|6.||"They're So Incredible"||Revenge||3:54|
|7.||"Are You Ready?"||Ya Ya||4:02|
|8.||"Are You Ready for the Sex Girls"||Gleaming Spires||4:10|
|9.||"Right Time for Love"||Pat Robinson and Jill Michaels||4:00|
|10.||"All Night Party"||Gleaming Spires||2:31|
Ollie E. Brown, of Ollie & Jerry fame, wrote and performed as Revenge the song "They're So Incredible" for the film. "They're So Incredible" is performed with different lyrics by the nerds in the film at the final event of the Greek Games.
- Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)
- Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation (1992)
- Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (1994)
Due to the influence of how the nerds started their own fraternity in the movie, several real life chapters of Lambda Lambda Lambda have sprung up in different locations around the United States. The real life fraternity currently has five chapters in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Washington.
Television series 
The pilot episode of the 1991 attempted series of the same name was mostly a condensed version of the film's events. The only character created for the series was the nerds' resident advisor, P.T. Turner (Richard Gant). The pilot aired on FOX in 1991 to fairly negative reviews. This pilot is available on the "Panty Raid" DVD release.
Home media 
On January 3, 2007 Revenge of the Nerds was released as a special edition DVD entitled "Panty Raid Edition" (The special edition name was changed from "The 'We've Got Bush' Edition", with preliminary artwork shown on websites such as The Digital Bits). Special features included: an audio commentary, Making of Documentary, deleted scenes, television pilot, and two theatrical trailers.
A remake of the original Revenge of the Nerds was slated for release in 2007; however, the project was canceled in 2006 after two weeks of filming. The cast included Adam Brody (who also co-produced), Dan Byrd, Katie Cassidy, Kristin Cavallari, Jenna Dewan, Chris Marquette, Ryan Pinkston, Efren Ramirez, and Nick Zano. The film was to be directed by Kyle Newman and executive produced by McG. The script was written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, and Adam F. Goldberg.
Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia at Agnes Scott College, the Georgia State Capitol, and Inman Park. Filming was originally scheduled to take place at Emory College but university officials changed their minds after reading the script. A story by the Chicago Tribune described the film as too "raunchy" for the campus administration.
In November 2006, the film was shelved by Fox Atomic. Producers found it difficult to shoot on the smaller Agnes Scott campus, and studio head Peter Rice was disappointed with the dailies. The remake would have been the first project for the newly created Fox Atomic. 20th Century Fox personnel have stated that it's highly unlikely that a remake will be picked up in the future.
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