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Release Date:

  • June 29, 1979

1h 34m | Comedy

At low-end summer camp Camp Northstar, Tripper (Bill Murray) is the head counselor, who runs things with the help of his love interest Roxanne (Kate Lynch) and the camp's director Morty (Harvey Atkins), affectionately known as Mickey.

Tripper and Morty prepare the misfit counselors-in-training -- Spaz, Fink, Crockett, A.L., Candace, Wendy, and Wheels among them -- for the arrival of their hyperactive little charges. After settling in, kids and counselors begin their activities with a soccer game in which depressed 11-year-old Rudy (Chris Makepeace) accidentally loses the game. Cast out by the other children, Rudy runs away only to come across Tripper, who befriends the boy and makes him his running partner.

Romance, sexy fun, and comic hijinx -- usually with the heavy-sleeping Morty as their target -- lead up to an annual Olympiad in which Camp Northstar battles the wealthier and athletically superior residents of Camp Mohawk. The challenging events include cup stacking, potato-sack racing, and a nauseating hot dog-eating contest in which the portly Fink devours his way to victory.

With the two-day event tied up, it comes down to the cross-country run, in which Tripper enters Rudy.

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Haliburton, Ontario at Camps White Pine and Towhee. Several cast members are Canadian.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Dan Goldberg
Cast: Bill Murray, Kate Lynch, Matt Craven, Chris Makepeace, Harvey Atkins
Writer(s): Len Blum, Dan Goldberg, Janis Allen, Harold Ramis

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