Director Ivan Reitman
Year 1979
Run Time 93min
Genre Comedy
This ode to summer camp is a true Canadian classic and features Bill Murray in his first starring role. He plays Tripper, a prankster and a flirt who can’t help teasing his boss and the counsellors at the nearby rich kids’ camp.

Everyone, including Tripper, is sick and tired of perennially losing the Camp Olympics. It’s only by encouraging all campers to try their hardest — including young Rudy (Makepeace), who has self-esteem issues — that Tripper and his troops can hope to emerge triumphant. Full of wacky pranks, lively high jinks and a lot of touching moments, Meatballs is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

Meatballs won the Genie Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Lynch), as well as the Golden Reel Award, given to the film with the biggest box office gross of the year.


Ivan Reitman


Len Blum, Dan Goldberg, Janis Allen, Harold Ramis


Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Chris Makepeace, Jack Blum


John Dunning, Dan Goldberg, André Link




Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, ESL

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