Battle of the Bullies a.k.a. Revenge of the Nerd is a little film that is near and dear to my heart. I watched this one a number of times in 1983 and try and watch it every year. Incidentally, it is considered one of the better known CBS Afternoon Playhouse specials.
Battle of the Bullies is all about Bertram. Her is a nerdy kid who gets picked on by the cooler high school kids. He is a very sympathetic character and seemes hopeless. But just you wait! Good old Bert gets his revenge in the end. We even gets the girl. Well, sorta. I’ll leave the description at that. Let’s just say his “revenge” is something every young budding nerd would have considered brilliant!
I felt the need to post this one as I was the spitting image of poor Bertram back in 1983. So for me, it’s a little like visiting my awkward self during those tumultuous early teen years. The original title for the special was: REVENGE OF THE NERD. It was later renamed BATTLE OF THE BULLIES because of a slightly more popular film released a year later.
This film is for every wall-flower nerdy kid just trying to make friends. And for all the geeks who are trying to capture the attention of a lovely girl or boy. Perhaps one that never gave him them the time of day? You know you are out there. You are my people and this one is for you!