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Reply #495 on: June 25, 2020, 08:43:13 AM
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Reply #496 on: June 25, 2020, 11:28:10 AM
I'm more a fan of the original actually. Scared the crap outta me as a kid. But then, a lot did back then.

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Reply #497 on: June 25, 2020, 02:02:59 PM

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Reply #498 on: June 29, 2020, 11:46:46 PM
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"Meatballs", released on this date in 1979, is noted for Bill Murray's first film appearance in a starring role and for launching the directing career of Ivan Reitman, whose later comedies included "Stripes" (1981) and "Ghostbusters" (1984), both starring Murray. The film was the highest-grossing Canadian film in the United States of all-time and also in Canada, winning the Golden Reel Award, an award presented to the Canadian film with the biggest box office gross of the year.

Reitman and Harold Ramis (one of the film's writers) wanted John Landis to direct this movie, because of his work that he did on "Animal House" (1978). But Landis turned it down because he was too busy working on "The Blues Brothers" (1980). Because of this, Reitman decided to direct it himself. Ramis said that Reitman did not know for certain whether Murray would be in the movie until he showed up for the first day of filming; Murray only signed on to do the film very late because of his contractual obligations to "Saturday Night Live".

The movie was filmed at an actual summer camp, Camp White Pine, in Haliburton, Ontario (a few hours north of Toronto). Many of the extras in the film were actual campers and counselors of the camp; most if not all locations were actual camp facilities (basketball courts, mess hall, swim docks, cabins, etc.). The "Visitors Day" scene/montage was actually filmed during the camp's Visitors Day; White Pine also had a similar yearly event to the "Olympiad" - although rather than being a inter-camp competition, it was an intra-camp relay-type competition that was just part of an overall all-day themed event. These competitions were nicknamed "Mohawk Relays", perhaps serving as inspiration for the name of the rival camp in the movie.

According to one of the featurettes on the DVD, several of the shots in the movie were added after initial filming ended. These included the scenes of Rudy and Tripper at the bus station and of them playing blackjack for peanuts. During the time off, Chris Makepeace had entered puberty and had the beginnings of a mustache. Murray decided that it had to go so he took Makepeace over to a sink, lathered him up with soap and shaved off his mustache. So Makepeace received his first ever shave from Murray.

It's never explained why the movie title is "Meatballs". (There are no meatballs in this movie). Except "Meatball" is a general term for a silly person, and the campers in this movie do act silly. The Stomach calls Spaz a meatball while they're playing tennis. (Wikipedia/IMDb)

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Reply #499 on: June 30, 2020, 05:46:24 AM
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Reply #500 on: June 30, 2020, 09:59:38 AM
Meatballs was okay. Caddyshack was, to me anyway, Murray's real breakout movie.



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Reply #501 on: June 30, 2020, 10:08:11 AM
Stripes was his real breakout.

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Reply #502 on: June 30, 2020, 11:00:17 AM
Stripes was his real breakout.

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Reply #503 on: June 30, 2020, 11:41:33 AM
I actually typed Stripes first, but looked it up and saw Caddyshack was before that. But yeah, in Stripes he had a leading role as opposed to just a goofy minor character.

Back when HBO only had one channel in the early 80s, and showed stuff over and over, I probably watched Stripes once a day all summer. What a glorious film.



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Reply #504 on: July 03, 2020, 12:03:14 PM

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Reply #505 on: July 05, 2020, 09:53:31 AM

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Reply #506 on: July 08, 2020, 02:18:50 PM

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Reply #507 on: July 08, 2020, 04:14:54 PM

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Reply #508 on: July 08, 2020, 11:46:04 PM
He had an inflated opinion of himself.  ::)

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Reply #509 on: July 09, 2020, 01:05:30 AM
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