This was apparently inspired by the experience of a Corman PR man who had a poignant moment once while watching Animal House. Filmed as light entertainment in the Canadian backwoods, Meatballs features a cast in search of a good time at summer camp. Camp counsellor Tripper (Murray) is a John Belushi clone whose 'charisma' dominates the film's standard wackiness and sentimental story (of a kid who doesn't fit). Learning to fit is what this dodo of a camp is all about, showing that the American Way is big and blowsy enough to take a few off-the-wall-style persons, once the ol' sexuality is straightened out.

By: RP

Release details

Duration: 94 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ivan Reitman
Screenwriter: Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg, Janis Allen, Harold Ramis
Cast: Bill Murray
Harvey Atkin
Kate Lynch
Russ Banham
Kristine DeBell
sarah Torgov
Jack Blum
Keith Knight
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