Spring Break (film)

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For the 2012 film set in 1983 during spring break, see Spring Break '83.
Spring Break
Poster of the movie Spring Break.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sean S. Cunningham
Produced by Sean S. Cunningham
Written by David Smilow
Music by Harry Manfredini
Cinematography Steven Poster
Edited by Susan Cunningham
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • March 25, 1983 (1983-03-25)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $24,071,666

Spring Break is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and starring David Knell and Perry Lang.


Two nerds, Nelson and Adam, book a room at an inexpensive hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a great time on spring break, where they meet Stu and O.T. from Brooklyn, New York, also there to have fun. The hotel has overbooked the room so Nelson, Adam, Stu, and O.T. agree to share the room due to the shortage of hotel rooms. The wet t-shirt contests, beer drinking, and other illicit activities associated with spring break are all on display here. Nelson's step-dad shows up and causes trouble for the group; he is paired with a building inspector who threatens to shut down the hotel (and the fun).



The soundtrack for the film was issued on vinyl LP and released by Warner Brothers.

Side 1:

  1. "Spring Break" by Cheap Trick
  2. "One of These Days" by Gerald McMahon (Gerard McMahon)
  3. "True Lovin' Woman" by Jack Mack and the Heart Attack
  4. "Kids These Days" by Dreamers[disambiguation needed]
  5. "Do It to You" by Hot Date

Side 2:

  1. "Me and the Boys" by NRBQ
  2. "Hooray for the City" by Jack Mack and the Heart Attack
  3. "Friends" by Hot Date
  4. "Hit the Beach" by Big Spender

The film's theme song and title track "Spring Break" by Cheap Trick was released as a single with the B-side "Get Ready". However, it failed to chart.

"Caught Up in You" by 38 Special is featured in the movie, but does not appear on the soundtrack.


Review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes reports that 22% of film critics gave Spring Break a positive review.

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