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Set at a low-end summer camp and aimed squarely at a teen audience, Meatballs is a light screwball comedy that turned its low-budget Canadian roots into a very profitable box-office run.

The biggest reason for the film''s success is Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp''s director Morty (Harvey Atkins), who is affectionately known as Mickey. Camp opens with Tripper and Morty preparing the misfit counselors-in-training.

After settling in, kids and counselors begin their activities with a soccer game in which depressed 11-year-old Rudy (Chris Makepeace) accidentally loses the game. Cast out by the other children, Rudy runs away only to come across Tripper, who befriends the boy and makes him his running partner. Romance, sexy fun, and comic hijinx lead up to an annual Olympiad in which Camp Northstar battles the wealthier and athletically superior residents of Camp Mohawk. A classic!

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 204333652
UPC 043396143623
UPC 14 00043396143623
Format DVD
Release Date 3/25/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Murray,Bill
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Cast & Crew
Bill Murray - Actor
Daniel Goldberg - Producer
David Orin Charles - Art Director
Debra Karen - Editor
Donald Wilder - Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein - Original Music By
Harold Ramis, et. al. - Writer
Harvey Atkin - Actor
Ivan Reitman - Director
John Dunning - Executive Producer
Kate Lynch - Actor
Russ Banham - Actor
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review "It's difficult to come up with a more cliche situation for a summer pic than a summer camp, where all the characters and plot turns are readily imaginable. That makes director Ivan Reitman's accomplishment all the more noteworthy...Bill Murray limns a head counselor in charge of a group of misfit counselors-in-training. The usual types predominate: the myopic klutz, the obese kid who wins the pig-out contest, the smooth-talking lothario, and a bevy of comely lasses...Scripters have managed to gloss over the stereotypes and come up with a smooth-running narrative that makes the camp hijinks part of an overall human mosaic. No one is unduly belittled or mocked, and Meatballs is without the usual grossness and cynicism of many contempo comedy pix."
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Review "Meatballs was the breakout smash for Murray, who played lead counselor Tripper. Tripper is the voice of leadership and temporary insanity that sets the standard for an offbeat summer camp. He rips up the camp rules, broadcasts crazy PSAs over the loudspeakers, and chases the female counselors with reckless abandon. In what would become typical Murray fashion, Tripper utters outrageous one-liners with deadpan certainty. I am sure that Meatballs sans Murray would have ended up another boring ""nutty people do nutty things"" film, but not only does Murray make this an exceptionally funny flick...It's not pure laughs. There are scenes where you will say, ""What were people in the seventies thinking?"" Murray doesn't have enough bad guys to properly display his sarcastic wit. But Meatballs ends up being a funny romp through the trials and tribulations of summer camp anyhow, and I can't bash it for trying."
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ReviewRating 9
Features
Special Edition, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Hi-fi Stereo, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Murray,Bill
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum Murray is funny, as always.
Almost Fabulous Movie Reviews ...one of Murray's finest. His creativity really shines here.
Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com I wish my summer camp counselors had been as cool, fun, or exciting as Tripper Harrison.
Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures It's a classic...
Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan Murray in fine form...

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