Camp Cucamonga

Camp Cucamonga (also titled: How I Spent My Summer and Lights Out) is a made-for-television movie that first aired on NBC on September 23, 1990.[1]

Camp Cucamonga
Camp Cucamonga VHS cover.jpg
Camp Cucamonga VHS cover.
(Clockwise from left) Josh Saviano, Chad Allen, Danica McKellar, Candace Cameron
Written byBennett Tramer (Story & teleplay)
Rich Melcombe (Story)
Directed byRoger Duchowny
StarringJohn Ratzenberger
Brian Robbins
Jennifer Aniston
Chad Allen
Candace Cameron
Danica McKellar
Josh Saviano
Tasha Scott
Jaleel White
Johnny Galecki
Dorothy Lyman
Richard Herd
Sherman Hemsley
G. Gordon Liddy
Theme music composerMichael Cruz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerRich Melcombe
ProducersScott Maitland (co-producer)
Bennett Tramer (supervising producer)
Production locationsParamount Ranch - 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura, California
CinematographyPeter Smokler
EditorLarry Harris
Running time93 min
Production companiesNBC Productions
Richmel Productions
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 23, 1990 (1990-09-23)

The family film served primarily as a vehicle to cast a variety of stars from popular TV series of the era,[2] including John Ratzenberger (Cheers), Brian Robbins (Head of the Class), Chad Allen (My Two Dads), Candace Cameron (Full House), Josh Saviano and Danica McKellar (both of The Wonder Years), Jaleel White (Family Matters), Dorothy Lyman (Mama's Family) and Sherman Hemsley (Amen). The film is also notable for including an early starring role for Jennifer Aniston before she became well known, as well as a supporting role for Breckin Meyer and the comedy acting debut of G. Gordon Liddy.[3]


The movie starts with several teens on a bus. That is when the whole gang meet each other. Jennifer (Tasha Scott) is seeing what is happening in her life. That is when she meets Dennis (Jaleel White), and fall head over heels in love. Meanwhile, Frankie (Chad Allen) and Amber (Candace Cameron Bure) talk about how they are older as boyfriend and girlfriend and now can hang out more often. Lindsey (Danica McKellar) interrupts the couple, telling them to be quiet since the whole bus is not interested. Amber ultimately fires back telling to her to mind her own business. Cody (Breckin Meyer) spills soda on Max Plotkin (Josh Saviano). Lindsey sticks up for Max by tripping Cody on his skateboard. Because of this Max falls head over heals in love with her. Then a biker Roger (Brian Robbins) flirts with Ava (Jennifer Aniston). The two end up having an apples to oranges relationship. Now that the gang has all met each other the members are Camp Hunk Frankie, Camp Queen Bee Amber, Camp Rebel Lindsey, Camp Klutz a.k.a. Nerd Max, Camp Hip Dennis and Camp Rapper Jennifer. The Kids arrive at Camp Cucamonga. There they meet Marvin (John Ratzenberger). He announces that they are going to have a battle of the bunks. When the girls are going to take showers, Amber makes fun of Lindsey by telling if she takes a shower it will spoil her image. Because of this Lindsey leaves and goes to her bunk. Then all the kids get ready for the cook off and are suddenly missing and are found by the camp crew. The camp starts to get bad critics. The gang decides to make a rap video. The video becomes a hit and therefore is visited by a special guest (Gordon Liddy). When the battle of the bunks begins, Lindsey manages to win all the female activities. Frankie is overwhelmed and therefore begins to take a hang out with her more often. Amber grows jealous. Then the girls get letters from their parents. Amber takes away Lindsey's letters and say they are fake. Amber reads the letter and reveals that her parent's filing for divorce. Lindsey sadly runs away in shame. The gang finds Lindsey. Now the time comes for the baseball tournament Lindsey hopes Max will hit home run. Frankie sees her shaking and holds her hand. Amber gets even more jealous. Max ends up hitting a home run and wins. The Victory Dance day is finally here. Amber sees Frankie and Lindsey and pulls Frankie aside. Max tells Lindsey that they should see other people and can go steady when they are ready. Amber and Frankie break up because Frankie cares more about Lindsey then he cares about her. Frankie asks Lindsey to dance with him and the two are officially a couple. Amber offers Max fruit punch and they become a couple also. Max ends up winning the scholar athlete award and Roger and Ava are now also an online official.

Camp Cucamonga was released on VHS in 1992 and on DVD in 2004.



  1. ^ "Television Listings: TELEVISION THE WEEK AT A GLANCE A GUIDE TO NOTABLE SHOWS, SEPT. 21 TO 27". Entertainment Weekly. 1990-09-21.
  2. ^ overview
  3. ^ Engstrom, John (1990-08-10). "DOING THE RAITT THING". Boston Globe.

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