Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jonathan Prince|
|Produced by||Michael Peyser|
|Written by||Andrew Kurtzman
M. Emmet Walsh
|Music by||David Lawrence|
|Edited by||Jon Poll|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|August 26, 1994|
|Box office||$10,475,705 (US)|
Camp Nowhere is a 1994 American adventure comedy film directed by Jonathan Prince, written by Andrew Kurtzman and Eliot Wald, and stars Christopher Lloyd, Jonathan Jackson and Jessica Alba in her film debut. The film is rated PG by the MPAA, and is the first family film under Disney's Hollywood Pictures banner.
Morris "Mud" Himmel has a problem – his parents want to send him away to a summer computer camp. He hates going to summer camp, and would do anything to get out of it. Talking to his friends, he realizes that they are all facing the same sentence: a boring summer camp. Together with them, he hatches a plan to create their own summer camp with no parents, no counselors, and no rules. They blackmail former drama teacher Dennis Van Welker into helping. He had bought an AMC Gremlin and failed to make most of the payments and is being pursued by soon-to-retire collector T.R. Polk, and agrees to help them in return for $1,000.
With Dennis's help, the kids trick all the parents into sending them to the camp, and then rent a campground (That used to be a hippie commune back in the 1960's and 70's.) with a cabin on a lake. Some parents believe it is a computer camp, while others believe it is a fat camp, military camp, or an acting camp. The kids use the money their parents had paid for camp to buy toys and food. After a little while, they get bored and wonder if they should just return home. Mud goes to Dennis for help, and with a bribe, he soon finds ways to keep things interesting and help them have fun.
The parents want to come visit their kids, despite being told that there are no parents' days. Mud makes a plan to trick them and, along with his friends, they keep the camp concealed. In a matter of hours, they fix it up and set up different scenarios representing the different camps (fat camp, computer camp, military camp, etc.) Their plan works and the parents don't suspect a thing. T.R. Polk then meets a state trooper who was also seeking Dennis, and they find their way into the camp and catch him. The police are called and Mud finds Dennis running away from the authorities. Mud is confronted by the police and protects Dennis from them, but soon after Dennis turns himself in. Mud explains that the whole thing was his idea, and uses the rest of the money to pay T.R. Polk, who'll retire with a perfect record. Dennis gets off the hook and the kids leave for home, having had the greatest summer of their lives.
- Jonathan Jackson – Morris "Mud" Himmel
- Christopher Lloyd – Dennis Van Welker
- Melody Kay – Gaby Nowicki
- Andrew Keegan – Zack Dell
- Marnette Patterson – Trish Prescott
- Wendy Makkena – Dr. Celeste Dunbar
- Thomas F. Wilson – Lt. Eliot Hendricks
- Hillary Tuck – Betty Stoller
- Devin Neil Oatway – Tim
- Allison Mack – Heather. Mack would later play on the two-part series finale of The Nightmare Room also titled Camp Nowhere.
- Jessica Alba – Gail
- Michael Zorek - Chez Cheez Guy
- Ian Christopher Scott – Warren
- Nathan Cavaleri – Steve
- Heather DeLoach – Eileen
- Paige Andree – Jill
- Leah Theresa Hanner – Debbie
- Mooky Arizona – Arnold Spiegel
- Kazz Wingate IV – Pete
- Kellen McLaughlin – J.D.
- Brian Wagner – Lenny
- Joshua G. Mayweather – Walter
- Nicolas Friedman – Ricky
- Alyssa Poblador – Nicole
- Tiffany Mataras – Ashley
- Krystal Mataras – Amber
- Peter Scolari – Donald Himmel
- Romy Windsor – Nancy Himmel
- M. Emmet Walsh – T.R. Polk
- Ray Baker – Norris Prescott
- Kate Mulgrew – Rachel Prescott
- John Putch – Neil Garbus
- Burgess Meredith – Fein
- Maryedith Burrell – Gwen Nowicki
- Peter Onorati – Karl Dell
- Jonathan Frakes – Bob Spiegel
- Genie Francis – Mrs. Spiegel
The film received negative reviews from critics. Based on 11 reviews compiled retrospectively, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 18%. Though it continues to have a cult following.
- "Camp Nowhere (1994)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
- Maslin, Janet (August 26, 1994). "Camp Nowhere (1994) FILM REVIEW; Suppose We Rent Some Cabins and Run Our Own Camp?". The New York Times.
- "Camp Nowhere". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 2013-04-10.