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Camp (2003)

Daniel Letterle , Joanna Chilcoat , Todd Graff  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Steven Cutts, Vince Rimoldi
  • Directors: Todd Graff
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VV4MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,145 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Camp" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • "The Making of Camp" featurette
  • Live cast performance

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Charming and frequently hilarious, IFC Films' Camp is like Fame for the musical-theater set. It's set at Camp Ovation, a summer retreat for budding actors and singers who chant Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind" on their bus rather than "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." Into this environment comes a--gasp!--straight male, Vlad (Daniel Letterle), who turns upside down the lives of wallflower Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat), cross-dressing Michael (Robin DeJesus), and instructor Bert Hanley (Don Dixon), a frustrated one-hit-wonder composer. Camp was written and directed by Todd Graff, himself a Broadway veteran, based on his experiences at New York's musical camp Stagedoor Manor (which was attended by Natalie Portman and Robert Downey Jr., among others). The characters are a bit thin and the plot somewhat predictable, but the musical numbers are a lot of fun--older tunes are mixed with originals by Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Michael Gore (Fame), and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical the Musical)--and fans of musicals will love the many inside jokes, especially those relating to Sondheim. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

An extremely talented young cast shines in this "energetic musical romp" (Los Angeles Times)about a drama camp where the outcasts of today hone their skills to become the stars of tomorrow. Packed with romance, laughs and "genuine showstopping musical numbers" (The Washington Post), Camp is a "Blast of exuberant fun" (Rolling Stone)! Every summer, talented kids with big voices and even bigger dreams flock to Camp Ovation. But this year, a sexy new guy, Vlad (DanielLetterle), is not only stealing the show he's stealing the heart of every girl he encounters. And as the biggest day of camp approaches, the young performers must overcome backstabbing, unrequited love and Vlad's unpredictable libido to pull off the greatest show of their careers!

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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fabulous feel-great film of the year!!!! August 14, 2003
It's movies like �Camp� that remind me what I love most about movies. It doesn�t preach an agenda and doesn�t make me feel like a fool for feeling sentimental. It has a little bit of cynicism but a lot of great music. There are no drugs, no guns, no car chases and no fake breasts. What �Camp� does, and does very well, is tell a story. Simply and completely. �Camp� took me into a world I was both familiar and stranger to, and made me feel better for taking the journey. While there will be little chance the film will find the same kind of mainstream hit �Chicago� or �Moulin Rouge� became, �Camp� should become a favorite with discerning movie musical fans and help re-usher in this dormant too long genre.
While summer camp often means nature trips, cookouts and wacky hijinks to most young people, Camp Ovation in upstate New York caters to those who are more artistically inclined. Over the two months campers attend, they will put on a new show every other week, be it drama, musical or something more avant-garde, going through the process of auditioning, creating their own sets and costumes, rehearsing and presenting a new show for an audience, then beginning anew the next day. Many of the kids at Camp Ovation are outsiders within their own worlds. Ellen (Joanna Chilcoat) is reduced to begging her older brother in order to have a date to her junior prom, while Michael (Robin DeJesus) gets beaten up at his prom for daring to arrive in drag. Fritzi (Anna Kendrick) is so starved for any attention, she spends her entire year waiting for camp so she can be the �assistant� to Ovation�s number one drama diva, Jill (Alana Allen). Our first clue things will be different this summer arrives in the form of Vlad (Daniel Letterle).
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The camp in all of us February 26, 2004
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I'm starting to believe that movies are made on a single scene that reaches into you and grabs you. If you find that scene, then the entire movie works for you. Such is true about the wonderfully charming movie, "Camp".
The scene for this movie is early on, in the school bus that's transporting the various drama wannabees to Camp Ovation for the summer. The kdis are singing a dramatic, compelling showstopper song as we pan down the center aisle of the bus. The camera stops on a young blond boy singing his heart out, sitting next to a man, who turns to the boy and says, "Bud Miller: Sports Counselor". The boy looks at the man incredulously and says, "We have a SPORTS COUNSELOR?".
Thus, this movie is made. Camp is a deliriously delightful romp with a bunch of multi-talents kids all spending their summer learning about the craft of acting, and the craft of life. Expected to perform a new show every two weeks, with a benefit at the end of the season seems ludicrous, but the kids pull it off, with great success.
This film has many hearts to it, mainly in the characters of Ellen, Vlad, and Michael. As they interact with each other, each character avoids the strereotypical traps many teenager films fall into, and lets these characters live and breathe. There's not a candy coated kids in this film, and thanks to an excellent script, and equally excellent acting from the kids, it all becomes believable.
The music is an intergral part to this movie, and somehow both propels the plot and supports it. I bought the CD the day after seeing the movie, and it still hasn't left my small collection of CDs I carry with me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute flick June 23, 2004
By Andrew
Format:DVD
I don't think Camp was half as bad as other reviewers have made it out to be. The cast is made of aspiring actors playing aspiring actors.....what could be more appropriate? Granted their acting skills aren't polished. But they are portraying actors in musical theater.....their voices are what matters. And I have to say everyone in the film had fantastic singing voices. I am glad Camp wasn't cast with young pop stars turned actors (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, the Olsen Twins, Bow Wow). This cast, imperfections and all, was truer to the form.
Even if you don't appreciate musical theater, the theme of kids growing up and trying to find their place in the world is a key part of this movie.
What I appreciate most about Camp is how it portrays teens as having aspirations and goals in life. It's not one of those teen-exploitation films where teenagers are portrayed as being pot smoking, sex-obsessed, and souless (i.e. American Pie). We need more films that challenge teens, without being ridiculousely wholesome. Camp has achieved that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camp April 30, 2004
Format:DVD
I rented this movie for my 17 year old who is planning a career in theatre. She is going to Stage Door Manor this summer. After viewing the movie...Boy, am I glad I chose to send her to the best camp in the USA! Some of her teenage theatre friends have seen it and loved it. They saw themselves in the characters. The movie is a reality check on the talent out there and what one faces going into this field. As a former choir/theatre student, I found "Camp" a delightful walk back to my own teen years and the ups and downs of growing up dreaming of Broadway. I loved the music. My daughter's choir teacher heard the musical numbers and was impressed with both the talent and scores. Basically, the film is for theatre students, and those adults with a passion for theatre. If you want to identify with kids whose first love is theatre and the ups and downs of being a theatre geek...This movie is for you. The film gives a glimpse into the lives of real teenagers with identity issues whose every breath is theatre. If you can't deal with gay issues, don't rent it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MOVIE 5 Stars *****
Probably one of my favorite movies ever. You are going to laugh you are going to cry and your probably going to question your purpose for existence ... Read more
Published 7 days ago by styler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved the movie, and the music, and the story line, great easy movie to watch.
Published 23 days ago by carol
1.0 out of 5 stars the movie
it plays awful please replace the movie please it has a lot of snow bad and defected sorry but i am not please with it
Published 1 month ago by crystal smith
4.0 out of 5 stars THE SOUND LEVELS ARE EXTREMELY UNEVEN!
This movie has absolutely horrible sound levels, I found myself having to constantly raise and lower the television's volume because it goes from a lot of intimate almost whispered... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DaChipmunk
5.0 out of 5 stars A guilty favorite
Camp is one of my guilty pleasures -- far from being a great film, its none-the-less pretty accurate in its lampooning of summer musical theater camp -- and the songs in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RonAnnArbor
5.0 out of 5 stars Guest Appearance
This is a delightful, very funny and moving movie. The arrival or guest appearance of Stephen Sondheim near the end of the film is simply frosting on the frosting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen K Grosscup
1.0 out of 5 stars Begins with homosexual beating scene
Very appalling beating of a cross-dressed boy begins movie

very disturbing and without warning

turned it off right away - will not recommend to anyone
Published 6 months ago by AJT6
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
"Camp" is pretty much "Camp Rock" but with musical theatre, wonderfully atrocious early-2000s fashion, and no Jonas Brothers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Messmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough
This movie has become a cult classic. This film revived an interest in musicals without beating them over your head. In many ways this movie is the premise to Fox's Glee.
Published 6 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!
I love this movie and enjoyed the many memorable performances - not to mention the star turns by the not-yet-a-star (when this was made) Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Sasha... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Benjamin A Finzel
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