The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 57):
24. “Revenge of the Nerds” (1984)
At a big campus, a group of bullied outcasts and misfits resolve to fight back for their peace and self respect.
Robert Carradine—Lewis Skolnick
Anthony Edwards—Gilbert Lowell
Timothy Bustfield—Arnold Poindexter
Andrew Cassese—Harold Wormser
Curtis Armstrong—Dudley ‘Booger’ Dawson
Larry B. Scott—Lamar Latrell
Brian Tochi—Toshiro Takashi
Julie Montgomery—Betty Childs
Ted McGinley—Stan Gable
Matt Salinger—Danny Burke
Donald Gibb—Fred “The Ogre” Palwakski
Jamie Cromwell—Mr. Skolnick
David Wohl—Dean Ulich
John Goodman—Coach Harris
Facts about the this movie:
*Opening Weekend: $1,513,090 (USA) (364 Screens)
*Gross: $40,900,000 (USA)
*Larry B. Scott, who plays the homosexual Lamar, claims on the DVD Documentary that he had to over-compensate for his masculinity because people really thought he was gay.
*The University of Arizona agreed to let the filmmakers shoot at the campus, then revoked permission after reading the script. Eventually they changed their minds and let them shoot. Many students were used as extras.
*To test the effectiveness of their "nerd" makeup and wardrobes, Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards attended a college rush-week, when real fraternities were reviewing prospective pledges (wanna-be members). The fraternity leader of the first house took one look at them both and said, "No way!"
*The film deleted a subplot of the Nerds visiting the Tri-Lambda national conference in Las Vegas, in which the Nerds are outcasts and in which Gilbert talks to his uncle at the hotel where the conference is being held. These deleted scenes can be found on the new "panty raid edition" DVD.
*The point-of-view scenes when Lewis is wearing Stan's mask and can be heard breathing are a parody of Darth Vader from Star Wars (1977).
*According to an interview with Curtis Armstrong (Booger) on the Special Edition DVD, the sound that comes out of his mouth to win the belching contest is actually the sound of two camels mating.
*The only characters to appear in every film in the series are Lewis, Mr. Skolnick, Lamar, and Booger.
*On the documentary for the Special Edition DVD, it was revealed that many of the actors (including Robert Carradine, Curtis Armstrong, and Timothy Busfield) initially did not want to do the film but gave in because the movie either paid well or it was a chance for some of them, who were struggling actors, to get into a movie.
*Because the script didn't have much of a plot (as the interviewed actors and filmmakers have stated), many of the actors were allowed to ad-lib scenes. Timothy Busfield recalls that he ad-libbed Poindexter's painful yell when watching the video of the girls dorm. Robert Carradine remembered that in the scene where he "serviced" Betty in the fun house, his line was originally "All jocks think about is sports. Ever since we're ten, all we nerds ever think about is sex." He didn't like the line and dropped the "Ever since we're ten" part. Curtis Armstrong recalls that it was by pure chance that Booger and Takashi ended up bunked next to each other in the gym and they improvised the running gag of them playing cards and Armstrong's line "What the fruck is a frush?"
*These things were ad-libbed: The Coach's "Shit, we forgot to practice"; Takashi's "salad" comment in the locker room scene; Gable's "Do you know karate?"; The Dean saying he has allergies; Poindexter's painful scream during the Pi-watching scene; Poindexter's date grabbing his crotch during the party; Lewis' "We love you when you're mad!"
*The Alpha Beta party was filmed at a funeral home.
*The drug Takashi ingests during the tricycle race is fictitious. So is Lamar's drill silencer.
*John Goodman's character is never referred to by name verbally by any character in the film. His name, Coach Harris, can only be seen on a door in the locker room and in the end credits.
*Lamda Lamda Lamda - the fraternity depicted in the film, would end up becoming the name of a fraternity in real life. It was founded at the University of Connecticut in 2006.
*Booger's bizarre interaction with a reclusive homeowner through a mail slot was improvised. The scene had originally called for Booger to smear snot on a rude housewife's front door.
*Timothy Busfield ad-libbed Poindexter's painful yelp during the Pi-watching sequence. It was inspired by the sound of a former neighbor having sex. Many crew members had to run away to keep from breaking out in laughter and ruining the take, but the director can be heard snickering just before the camera cuts away to the next scene.
Why I Picked this movie #24:
1.It is timeless
2. Awesome chemistry with the cast.
3. Awesome acting.
4. Awesomely funny with great heart.
5. Awesome script.
6. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
7. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
8. Some awesome ad-libbing during the movie.
9. Non-stop laughing from beginning to conclude.
10. Great ending to the movie.
11. It is on my list for 10 best comedies made in the 80’s.
12. Get got bush. You never have shot like that in a movie today.
13. Sororities women fat can’s.
14. It was like real life.
15. Great dialog.
First time seeing it:
On VHS at home