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Meatballs is a Candadian film that debuted in 1979. It was directed by Ivan Reitman and starred Bill Murray. This was the first appearance of Bill Murray in a principal role in a movie. People would have known him from Saturday Night Live. Since this movie his acting career has been long and varied. This movie was a boost for Ivan Reitman's career. He would not have directed Bill Murray in many movies like Stripes, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Dog if not for this movie. This also served as the first film for the child actor named Chris Makkkepeace who played the role of Rudy Gerner. There were many sequels to Meatballs, but only one, Meatballs III: Summer Job, had any connection to the story in the first film.