Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

PG-13 | 89 mins | Comedy | 10 July 1987

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HISTORY

The film opens with voice-over narration reading the following as it scrolls up the screen: “In 1984, the ‘Nerd Revolution’ began on the campus of Adams College. Despite prejudice, persecution and painful pummeling, the members of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity overcame the powerful Alpha Betas and gained control of the Greek Council. It was a victory that underdogs throughout the free world would always remember. It was a defeat the Alpha Betas would never forget . . . Now the Tri-Lambs face their next challenge. As representatives of Adams, they prepare to join delegates from across the nation at the United Fraternity Conference in legendary Fort Lauderdale. It is a time for fraternity leaders to discuss the philosophy of brotherhood, to set guidelines for their organizations . . . and get laid.”
       Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise is the second installment in the Revenge of the Nerds franchise, which started in 1984 with the title movie (see entry). Lead actor Robert Carradine returned to play “Lewis Skolnick,” while supporting actors Timothy Busfield, Larry B. Scott, Andrew Cassese, Donald Gibb, and Curtis Armstrong also returned. Actor Anthony Edwards, who starred in the first movie as “Gilbert Lowe,” filmed several brief scenes for the sequel, but was mostly unavailable because he was committed to another project, the 20 Feb 1987 HR stated.
       Principal photography began on 2 Mar 1987 according to the 6 Mar 1987 DV production chart. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate the production filmed in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL, during college “spring break” and attracted crowds of college-age students, many of whom ... More Less

The film opens with voice-over narration reading the following as it scrolls up the screen: “In 1984, the ‘Nerd Revolution’ began on the campus of Adams College. Despite prejudice, persecution and painful pummeling, the members of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity overcame the powerful Alpha Betas and gained control of the Greek Council. It was a victory that underdogs throughout the free world would always remember. It was a defeat the Alpha Betas would never forget . . . Now the Tri-Lambs face their next challenge. As representatives of Adams, they prepare to join delegates from across the nation at the United Fraternity Conference in legendary Fort Lauderdale. It is a time for fraternity leaders to discuss the philosophy of brotherhood, to set guidelines for their organizations . . . and get laid.”
       Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise is the second installment in the Revenge of the Nerds franchise, which started in 1984 with the title movie (see entry). Lead actor Robert Carradine returned to play “Lewis Skolnick,” while supporting actors Timothy Busfield, Larry B. Scott, Andrew Cassese, Donald Gibb, and Curtis Armstrong also returned. Actor Anthony Edwards, who starred in the first movie as “Gilbert Lowe,” filmed several brief scenes for the sequel, but was mostly unavailable because he was committed to another project, the 20 Feb 1987 HR stated.
       Principal photography began on 2 Mar 1987 according to the 6 Mar 1987 DV production chart. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate the production filmed in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL, during college “spring break” and attracted crowds of college-age students, many of whom were cast as background extras. The ramshackle “Hotel Coral Essex” was created at the old Lauderdale Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
       The script was originally set in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but changed to Fort Lauderdale because shooting there was faster and more economical, the 10 Jul 1987 HR reported. According to the 10 Jul 1987 HR, there was barely more than two months between the completion of filming in early May 1987 and the movie’s theatrical summer release.
       Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise opened on 1,358 screens on 10 Jul 1987, taking in $16.4 million in its first ten days of release, the 21 Jul 1987 DV reported.
       Two further installments in the franchise appeared as television movies with Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong reprising their roles: 1992’s Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation and 1994’s Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love.
       End credits state: “The Producer wish to thank: City of Ft. Lauderdale; Embassy Suites Hotel, Ft. Lauderdale South; The Florida State Film Commission; Ft. Lauderdale Police Department.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Sep 1987.
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Daily Variety
6 Mar 1987.
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Daily Variety
21 Jul 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 1987
p. 1, 45.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 1987
p. 3, 16.
Los Angeles Times
11 Jul 1987
Calendar, p. 4.
New York Times
11 Jul 1987
p. 6.
Variety
15 Jul 1987
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
an Interscope Communications production
a Joe Roth film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st ass cam
Addl 1st asst cam
Addl 1st asst cam
Addl 1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Addl 2d asst cam
Addl 2d asst cam
Addl cam op
Addl cam op
Addl cam op
Addl cam asst
Louma crane op
Steadicam
Elec best boy
Key grip
Grip best boy
Dolly grip
Still photog
Lighting equip supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dept asst
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Addl film ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst props
Propmaker foreman
Propmaker
Propmaker
Head scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Leadman
Const coord
Const foreman
Paint foreman
Painter
Swing gang
Swing gang
Head greensman
Asst greensman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's ward supv
Women's ward supv
Asst ward
Seamstress
Seamstress
MUSIC
Mus writ
Performed by
Supv mus ed
Mus ed
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Supv SDR ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable op
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff asst
Title des
Opticals
DANCE
Choreog of nerd "rap"
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hair stylist
Hair stylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Asst to Mr. Kurland
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Animal/Marine coord
Animal handler
Asst to Mr. Roth
Prod office coord
First aid
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Police coord
Projectionist
Florida casting
Florida casting
Casting assoc
Voice casting
Unit pub
Asst pub
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Maintenance
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Tim Metcalfe & Miguel Tejada-Flores and Steve Zacharias & Jeff Buhai
SONGS
“Back To Paradise,” performed by 38 Special, written by Adams/Vallance/Geraldo, courtesy of A&M Records
“No On Fifteen,” music by J.B. Moore, lyrics by Larry B. Scott, Barry Sobel & Ed Solomon, produced by J.B. Moore & Paul Schiff
“Funky Town,” performed by Pseudo Echo, written by S. Greenberg, courtesy of RCA Records, a label of BMG Music
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SONGS
“Back To Paradise,” performed by 38 Special, written by Adams/Vallance/Geraldo, courtesy of A&M Records
“No On Fifteen,” music by J.B. Moore, lyrics by Larry B. Scott, Barry Sobel & Ed Solomon, produced by J.B. Moore & Paul Schiff
“Funky Town,” performed by Pseudo Echo, written by S. Greenberg, courtesy of RCA Records, a label of BMG Music
“Nightlife,” performed by Larry Lee, written by Larry Lee, Steve Bates, Tom Whitlock, courtesy of Giorgio Moroder Enterprises Ltd.
“Do Like I Do,” performed by Hammer & Slater, written by W. Hammer, J. Slater, courtesy of Screen Gems-EMI, Inc.
“Love Won’t Listen,” performed by Saint, written by Marc Tanner, Tim Pantea & Lory Kohn, courtesy of Marc II Productions
“Overdrive,” performed by Larry Lee, written by Larry Lee, Steve Bates, Tom Whitlock, courtesy of Giorgio Moroder Enterprises Ltd.
“Where Are They Now,” performed by Darryl Duncan & Jackie Simley, written by Darryl Duncan, courtesy of Alamo Music Corp.
“Rock of Gilbraltar,” performed by Maggie Lee, written by Maggie Lee & Larry Lee, courtesy of Larry Lee
“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini,” written by Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss
“Call Me,” written by Tony Hatch.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
10 July 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 10 July 1987
Production Date:
2 March--early May 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Copyright Date:
29 July 1987
Copyright Number:
PA336928
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex ® Cameras by Panavision ®
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28652
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Members of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity at Adams College go to the United Fraternity Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. However, upon arrival at the Royal Flamingo Hotel, the five Tri-Lambs – leader Lewis Skolnick, nearsighted Arnold Poindexter, shy Harold Wormser, flamboyant Lamar Latrelle, and vulgar Dudley “Booger” Dawson – learn their reservations have been canceled. Front desk clerk Sunny Carstairs checks with the acting hotel manager, Buzz Mussinger, who reports that he does not want “nerds” staying at his hotel. The five find a room at the rundown Hotel Coral Essex on the other side of town, but the Alpha Beta fraternity plots to keep them from attending the conference. Alpha Beta leader Roger Latimer, who is also head of the United Fraternity Conference, sends the five Tri-Lambs an invitation to a pre-conference barbecue in the Everglades. When the nerds arrive, they stumble into what appears to be a Seminole Indian ritual ceremony. In reality, the Native Americans are Alpha Betas in disguise. They force the Tri-Lambs to strip to their underwear, then send them away. After walking five miles back to the hotel in their underwear, some of the Tri-Lambs want to return home, but Lewis Skolnick insists they stay. The next day, as the conference opens, the Tri-Lambs are forced to sit on the floor when there is no table available for them. During a parliamentary proceeding, Roger Latimer proposes a vote on Proposition Fifteen, which would set physical standards, including muscles, strength, height, and appearance, for membership. Lewis objects, but the other conference attendees are too busy partying. Realizing they need to fight this proposition, the Tri-Lambs rig the Hotel Coral Essex neon sign to ... +


Members of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity at Adams College go to the United Fraternity Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. However, upon arrival at the Royal Flamingo Hotel, the five Tri-Lambs – leader Lewis Skolnick, nearsighted Arnold Poindexter, shy Harold Wormser, flamboyant Lamar Latrelle, and vulgar Dudley “Booger” Dawson – learn their reservations have been canceled. Front desk clerk Sunny Carstairs checks with the acting hotel manager, Buzz Mussinger, who reports that he does not want “nerds” staying at his hotel. The five find a room at the rundown Hotel Coral Essex on the other side of town, but the Alpha Beta fraternity plots to keep them from attending the conference. Alpha Beta leader Roger Latimer, who is also head of the United Fraternity Conference, sends the five Tri-Lambs an invitation to a pre-conference barbecue in the Everglades. When the nerds arrive, they stumble into what appears to be a Seminole Indian ritual ceremony. In reality, the Native Americans are Alpha Betas in disguise. They force the Tri-Lambs to strip to their underwear, then send them away. After walking five miles back to the hotel in their underwear, some of the Tri-Lambs want to return home, but Lewis Skolnick insists they stay. The next day, as the conference opens, the Tri-Lambs are forced to sit on the floor when there is no table available for them. During a parliamentary proceeding, Roger Latimer proposes a vote on Proposition Fifteen, which would set physical standards, including muscles, strength, height, and appearance, for membership. Lewis objects, but the other conference attendees are too busy partying. Realizing they need to fight this proposition, the Tri-Lambs rig the Hotel Coral Essex neon sign to read “Hot Oral Sex” and attract a large crowd to a party where they perform a “No on Fifteen” musical rap, urging conference attendees to vote against the bill. The next day, the conference removes the Prop Fifteen vote from the agenda. To apologize for their behavior, the Alpha Betas give the Tri-Lambs their suite at the Royal Flamingo Hotel. Meanwhile Roger Latimer plots with hotel manager Buzz Mussinger to get rid of the Tri-Lambs permanently. They arrange for Sunny Carstairs and some of the other female employees to take the Tri-Lambs out on the town, and Roger gives the women the keys to his car. After a few hours on the beach, the Tri-Lambs leave to buy more beer, using Roger’s car. However, Roger reports his car stolen, and police arrest the Tri-Lambs for grand theft auto. Meanwhile, at the Royal Flamingo, employee Stewart Lipsey looks for the Tri-Lambs. The Alpha Betas tell him they are in jail and toss him over the balcony into the pool. When Stewart tells Sunny what happened, she bails them out of jail. As the five fraternity brothers leave, however, the Alpha Betas kidnap them, along with Sunny and Stewart, and toss them into the back of a van. The group is taken on a boat and thrown overboard near a deserted island in the Florida Keys. When Fred “Ogre” Palowatski, a burly but not terribly bright Alpha Beta, announces he cannot wait to brag to the other conference attendees about what they have done to the Tri-Lambs, Roger Latimer tosses him overboard as well. Ogre is unable to swim, so Tri-Lamb Harold Wormser rescues him, and they become friends. As the castaways collect firewood, Booger finds marijuana plants, and the group gets “stoned” around the fire that night. Later, Lewis has a dream in which he is visited by his fraternity brother Gilbert Lowe, who missed the conference due to a broken leg. Gilbert warns Lewis that the conference will vote to kick the Tri-Lambs out of the conference on moral grounds stemming from the grand theft auto charges. The next morning, they discover a secret bunker with military supplies left by a Cuban military officer following the Bay of Pigs invasion. Manning an amphibious vehicle, they return to the hotel just as attendees are voting to expel the Tri-Lambs from the conference and terminate their charter. When Sunny reports that Roger Latimer orchestrated the Tri-Lambs' arrest, Lewis Skolnick punches Roger in the face, sending him into the pool. Lewis and Sunny kiss. Meanwhile, Ogre quits the Alpha Betas and joins Lambda Lambda Lambda. The guys give Ogre a pair of glasses and a pocket protector to signify he is now one of them. +

Legend
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Name Occurs Before Title
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