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Revenge of the Nerds

1984 film by Jeff Kanew

Revenge of the Nerds is a 1984 film about a group of bullied outcasts and misfits who resolve to fight back for their peace and self respect.

Directed by Jeff Kanew. Written by Jeff Buhai.
They've been laughed at, picked on and put down. But now it's time for the odd to get even! Their time has come! taglines


Dudley "Booger" DawsonEdit

  • We've got bush! We've got bush!

Lamar LatrelleEdit

  • Clap your hands everybody, and everybody clap your hands. We are Lambda Lambda Lambda and Omega Mu. We come here on stage tonight to do our show for you. We got a rocking rhythm and a hi-tech sound that will make you move your body down to the ground. We got Poindexter on the violin, and Lewis and Gilbert will be joining in. We got Booger Presley on the mean guitar and a rap by little ol' me Lamar. We got Takashi beating on his gong, the boys and the Mu's are clapping along. And just when you thought, ya seen it all, along comes a Lambda four foot tall. So Wormser come on out here on the floor, so we can move our bodies, like never before. Break!

Coach HarrisEdit

  • You know, when you were a baby in your crib, your father looked down upon you and had one wish: "Someday my son will grow up to be a man". Well look at you now; you just got your asses whipped, by a bunch of goddamn nerds. removes hat and throws it against wall NERDS!! Well, if I were you I would do something about it. I would get up and redeem myself in the eyes of my father, my Maker, and my coach!


Lewis: There's 6,127 students at Adams, 58% of which are girls.
Gilbert: So?
Lewis: So, that's 7,107.32 boobs.
[Lewis, Gilbert and Mr. Skolnick all let out guttural laughs]
Mr. Skolnick: Ah, you college men are all alike; all you think about is getting laid! I almost wish I was enrolling in school with you guys!

Stan: Must have been a problem with the electrical wiring.
Dean Ulich: That is not what the fire department thinks, Stan.
Coach Harris: Dean Ulich, if my boys say it was faulty wiring, we have to believe them. Dean, I got a big game coming up and I don't want their minds to be worried about where they will sleep.
Dean Ulich: Well, they should have thought of that before they burned their house down.
Coach Harris: Hey, what's done is done. Now where?
Stan: How about the freshmen dorm?
Dean Ulich: What about the students currently residing there?
Freshman dorm. Alpha Betas are ready to storm building
Stan: OK guys, thanks to "faulty wiring" we have no place to stay.
Alpha Betas: [in unison] Yeah!
Stan: And those freshmen, freshmen, are sitting pretty in there!
Alpha Betas: [in unison] Right!
Stan: So as of this moment, the freshmen dorm is ours. Any room you want, take it! Break!
[Alpha Betas storm into freshmen dormitory and begin tearing up place]
Ogre: Don't come back!
Student is hurled through window
Ogre: There is your roommate, pal!
Freshmen, to include Lewis and Gilbert, are ushered out of freshmen dorm. Alpha Betas toss their personal possessions out the window in jeering chants
Dean Ulich: [through bullhorn] If I may have everyone's attention please, we can make this move as easy as possible...
Coach Harris yanks bullhorn from Dean Ulich
Coach Harris: [through bullhorn] Now listen up men! I am going to see that each and every one of you is taken care of. You will be provided with the best possible food and accommodations. Now, go, go, go!

Harold Wormser, a child, is being dropped off at college by his parents
Wormser: But Mom, I do not want to go to college, I want to be around people my own age.
Wormser's Mom: Harold, you have a special gift and need college to develop it. And you will be around people your age, when you are older!
Wormser: But to live in a gym? Come on, it is like we are refugees from a war!

Gilbert: I met a girl.
Lewis: Gilbert, that is wonderful!
Booger: Big deal. Did you get in her pants?
Gilbert: She's not that kind of girl, Booger.
Booger: Why? Does she have a penis?

Stan: What are you looking at, nerd?
Booger: I thought I was looking at my mother's old douche bag, but that's in Ohio.

Lewis: Didn't I tell you we would find a nice place?
Gilbert: Yes, this is way better than the dorm.
Brick is hurled though window as the sound of a motorcycle speeding away can be heard
Booger: What was that?
Gilbert: It reads: "NERDS GET OUT!"
Takashi: What is a nerd?
Gilbert: We are.

Policeman: I do not know what this world is coming to. Motions to a man in a trenchcoat See that man over there. We arrested him for mopery.
Gilbert: What is that?
Policeman: Mopery is exposing yourself to a blind person. I am sorry about your window, fellas, but regretfully it is out of our jurisdiction. This reeks of a campus prank and there is only one organization that can adjudicate on such matters.
Lewis: What is that?
Policeman: {disdainful tone} The Greek Council.
Greek Council chambers. Fraternity leaders are seated and Ogre is the sergeant-at-arms
Dean Ulich: Our next issue on the agenda, new membership. Earl, will you please admit the petitioners?
Earl opens door and motions for the nerds to enter
Ogre: Kneel, gentlemen.
Nerds kneel
Dean Ulich: You are the men who wish to form a fraternity?
Lewis: Yes, we are.
Greek Council disapproves unanimously
Stan Gable: Well, gentlemen, I regret to inform to you that your application has been denied.
Nerds express outrage at instant disapproval, but Dean Ulich silences them
Dean Ulich: I am afraid he is right. According to our rules you require a national fraternity as your sponsor.
Gilbert: So all we need to do is get a sponsor and we are in?
Stan Gable: Right, so we will see you in about...twenty years!

[Nerds attempts to get a fraternity to sponsor them. They deal with multiple rejection letters]
Gilbert: [reading a letter] Dear Gentlemen, Thank you for your interest in Kappa Alpha. We regret to inform you that we have no interest in sponsoring you at Adams. In the future we recommend you not include a group photo.
Gilbert: That is twenty-seven rejections so far. Did we send photos of us to all the fraternities?
Lamar: Yes. All except...Lambda Lambda Lambda.
Lewis: Hey guys! I got an acceptance letter! There is a fraternity that will consider us!
Gilbert and Lamar: Lambda Lambda Lambda!

Gilbert: I just wanted to say that I'm a nerd, and I'm here tonight to stand up for the rights of other nerds. I mean uh, all our lives we've been laughed at and made to feel inferior. And tonight, those bastards, they trashed our house. Why? Because we're smart? Because we look different? Well, we're not. I'm a nerd, and uh, I'm pretty proud of it.
Lewis: Hi, Gilbert. I'm a nerd too. I just found that out tonight. We have news for the beautiful people. There's a lot more of us then there are of you. I know there's alumni here tonight. When you went to Adams you might've been called a spazz, or a dork, or a geek. Any of you that have ever felt stepped on, left out, picked on, put down, whether you think you're a nerd or not, why don't you just come down here and join us. Okay? Come on.
Gilbert: Just join us cause uh, no-one's gonna really be free until nerd persecution ends.

[Last lines of film]
Dean Ulich: You know, I am going to allow them to sleep in the Alpha Beta house until you guys repair all the damage you did to the Lambda Lambda Lambda house.
Stan Gable: What about us?
Burke: Yeah, where are we gonna sleep?
Dean Ulich: You are jocks. Go sleep in the gym.


  • They've been laughed at, picked on and put down. But now it's time for the odd to get even! Their time has come!
  • It's time for the odd to get even!
  • Their time has come!
  • They've been laughed at, picked on and put down. But now it's time for the odd to get even! Their time has come!
  • The time has come for REVENGE OF THE NERDS
  • Let the battle begin!
  • From a preview trailer as the 20th Century Fox introduction plays: Star Wars. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sound of Music: 20th Century Fox has had a long and proud tradition of showing uplifting movies about facing up to prevailing odds. Now in this manner, we are pleased to present another timeless film to this lineup: Revenge of the Nerds!


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