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.
Cast and crew
Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg, Janis Allen, Harold Ramis
Bill Murray Harvey Atkin Kate Lynch Russ Banham Kristine DeBell sarah Torgov Jack Blum Keith Knight