Black SplatRevenge of the Nerds (1984)


Revenge of the Nerds - The Alpha Beta Football Team seeks revenge

Description: Vengeful cry of Fred "The Ogre" Palowakski (Donald Gibb), a member of the Alpha Beta fraternity in the motion picture Revenge of the Nerds (1984).

The Alpha Beta fraternity hails from Adams College. Many of its members are on the Atoms football team and believe they are a chosen few who are more important that the rest of the students at the college. Those who are not fit to run with the Alpha Betas are tagged as nerds.

When the Alpha Betas accidentally burn down their fraternity house during a wild night of drinking, they eject the freshman students from their lodgings, forcing them to live in the
gymnasium. Among those affected are:

  • Lewis Skolnick (Robert Carradine), a computer science newcomer to Adams College.
  • Gilbert Lowe (Anthony Edwards), Skolick's childhood buddy and fellow student
  • Arnold Poindexter (Timothy Busfield), a geeky, red-haired violinist.
  • Harold Wormser (Andrew Cassese), a 12-year-old forced into college by his parents.
  • Dudley "Booger" Dawson (Curtis Armstrong), a slob who likes to pick his nose. He hates the Alpha Betas, and once shouted, "I say we blow the fuckers up."
  • Takashi Toshiro (Brian Tochi), Asian student who has a problem pronouncing his "L's"
  • Lamar Latrell (Larry B. Scott), a gay, black nerd.
  • Judy, Gilbert's girlfriend (Michelle Meyrink). Once Booger asked Gilbert, "Did you get in her pants?" Gilbert replies, "She's not that kind of girl, Booger." He responds "Why? Does she have a penis?"

Revenge of the Nerds - Members of Tri-Lambs Frat House

To rectify their living situation, Lewis and Gilbert find an older building near the campus
and receive a probationary charter from a African American franternity called the Lambda,
Lambda, Lambda (aka "The Tri-Lambs") to form their own frat house.

But despite their hopes of fitting into the college, the Alpha Betas and their sister sorority, the Pi Delta Pi house continue to snub and harrass the nerds, especially Stan Gable (Ted McGinley), a prominent member of the Alpha Betas and president of the Greek Council on campus who declares that the nerds are "a threat to our way of life."

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

The Alpha Betas continue to torment the nerds when they unleash a herd of pigs into the Tri-Lambs fraternity house, moon the nerds from the street, and later burn a sign that reads "NERDS" outside the nerds frat house,

Earlier, the girl's from the Pi Delta Pi house pledged they would come to a party thrown by the nerds, but they had no intention of coming, thus disappointing and embarassing them. But Judy, Gilbert's girlfriend saves the day when she gets the members of her fraternity, the Omega Mus (the female nerd equivalants) to come to the party, which really gets going when Booger pulls out a stache of marijuana, which he calls "wonder joints."

To get even for snubbing them. the nerds stage a panty raid on the Pi Delta Pi house, and while there, install video cameras to spy on the women while they undress. Then they pour a linoment on the football players' jock straps, that causes their groins to burn during football practice.

Revenge of the Nerds - Panty Raid of Pi Delta Pi House

The nerds get a chance to finally defeat the Alpha Betas during the Greek annual homcomng games and charity events and take control of the Greek Council presided over by Stan Gable, the leader of the Alpha Betas.

During the festivities, Booger soundly defeats "Ogre" in a belching contest, while in costume, Lewis seduces Stan's girlfriend Betty Childs (Julia Montgomery) by posing as Stan while they have sex.

Betty Childs: Oh, Stan. You were wonderful. You did things to me you've never done before. [Lewis takes off his mask] Ahhh! You're that NERD!
Lewis: Yeah.
Betty Childs: Oh, you were wonderful. [blissfully] Are all nerds as good as you?
Lewis: Yes.
Betty Childs: How come?
Lewis: 'Cause all Jocks ever think about is sports, all we ever think about is sex.

Previously, Betty had refused to kiss Lewis at a kissing booth. To prevent Lewis from getting a kiss, Betty said, "It's time for my break." Then Stan replaced Betty with a short, fat, ugly woman, and said, "Kiss this, nerd."

When the Alpha Beta boys are defeated by the nerds, football team Coach Harris (John Goodman) whose motto is "Only the strong shall survive" rallies his players to revenge with this locker room speech:

"You know, when you were a baby in your crib, and your father looked down at you, he had but one hope - some day my son will grow to be a man. Well look at you now. You just got your asses whipped by a bunch of goddamn nerds. [shouts] NERDS! Well, if I was you, I'd do something about it. I would get up and redeem myself in the eyes of my father, my maker, and my COACH!

Inspried, the team members yell, "Well let's get those nerds. NERDS!...NERDS!...What are we waiting for?...NERDS!" as they run out of the gym and cause damage to the Tri-Lambs frat house.

Revenge of the Nerds - The Tri-Lambs house is trashed

After the Alpha's house-wrecking expedition is revealed at the pep rally, Dean Ulich, says "You know, Coach. I'm going to let the Lambdas live over at the Alpha Beta house while you and your boys rebuild theirs! When the Alpha Betas asks "Where are WE supposed to live?" the Dean says, "You're JOCKS! Go live in the gym!"

During the pep rally, the nerds assisted by a small army of black fraternity brothers who came to their rescue, give the following speech that sways the crowd and wins Lewis a nomination for a seat on the Greek Council.

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? Cause we're smart? Cause 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 than 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 cos uh, no-one's gonna really be free until nerd persecution ends.

Note: The word "Nerd" is a derogatory term used to describe someone who is unsophisticated or inept in the social skills, (i.e. someone who can’t get a date, wears pocket protectors, and is a “dues” paying member of the Star Trek Fan Club).

Revenge of the Nerds spawned three more movies. One theatrical and two made for television. Here is dialogue from ROTN II: Nerds in Paradise (1984).

Roger: OK. Maybe I did [frame the Tri-Lambs]. What are you gonna do about it, Skolnick? You gonna make a little speech? It's not gonna do any good. Wanna know why? Because I'm strong and you're weak. Because I'm the type of guy that everybody here wants to be like, and you are pathetic. That's the way it is. That's the way it's always gonna be, and there's nothing you or your pencil-neck geek friends can do or say about it. Comprende, dickhead?
Lewis Scolnick: You're right, Rog. There's nothing I can say about it. But there's something I've got to do about it! [Lewis punches Roger in the face, and knocks him in the pool]

In the film Just One of the Guys(1985) Joyce Hyser as Terry, a pretty high school senior says, “With my help he’s come a long way. He’s stopped buying his clothes at Nerds-R-Us.”

In the film Hype! (1996) Van Conner as an interviewee offered this explanation of a nerd

“We were the guy in high school who people used to beat up and we couldn’t even talk to the pretty girls. I mean, we couldn't...we’re nerds, goddammit!”

In the late 1970s on NBC’s SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray played Lisa Loopner and Todd DiLaMuca on a skit entitled “The Nerds.” On one episode Lisa and Todd promoted their rock album “Trying Desperately to be Liked” on a local radio station. The album included such songs as “I’ll Give You My Lunch Money,” “I Can’t Help It If I Have Egg Salad Sandwich on My Retainer” and “Let My Head Up Out of the John and I’ll Give You Tomorrow’s Lunch Money.” As Lisa said, “We’re young, we’re gifted and we’re Nerds.” The album had no takers (even free copies).

Other television series to explore the “nerd” phenomenon included DWEEBS/CBS/1995 (about ultra nerdy computer techs at Cyberbyte Software); FREAKS AND GEEKS/NBC/1999 (about the nerdy students at a 1980s Michigan high school.); BEAUTY AND THE GEEK/WB/CW/2005 (MENSA-worthy "geeks" pair with gorgeous women); and THE BIG BANG THEORY/CBS/2007+ about a grooup of socially awkward science types who share an apartment; and NERDIST/BBC/2012 hosted by Chris Hardwick, a show that explores all things nerdy.

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