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National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

R | | Comedy | 28 July 1978 (USA)
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At a 1962 college, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

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John Landis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hulce ... Larry Kroger (as Thomas Hulce)
Stephen Furst ... Kent Dorfman
Mark Metcalf ... Doug Neidermeyer
Mary Louise Weller ... Mandy Pepperidge
Martha Smith ... Babs Jansen
James Daughton ... Greg Marmalard
Kevin Bacon ... Chip Diller
John Belushi ... John Blutarsky
Douglas Kenney ... Stork
Chris Miller Chris Miller ... Hardbar (as Christian Miller)
Bruce Bonnheim Bruce Bonnheim ... B.B.
Karen Allen ... Katy
James Widdoes ... Robert Hoover
Tim Matheson ... Eric Stratton
Peter Riegert ... Donald Schoenstein
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Faber College has one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. It has a second one full of white, anglo-saxon, rich young men who are so sanctimonious no one can stand them except Dean Wormer. The dean enlists the help of the second frat to get the boys of Delta House off campus. The dean's plan comes into play just before the homecoming parade to end all parades for all time. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It was the Deltas against the rules... the rules lost! See more »

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Trivia

The original version of the movie was two hours and fifty-five minutes long. Among the scenes deleted were more with Bluto, including a scene where a dishwasher (played by John Landis) tries to stop him from eating all the food, and gets pulled across the table and thrown on the floor while Bluto says, "You don't fuck with the eagles unless you know how to fly", and an extended version of the scene where Bluto pours mustard on himself and starts singing "I Am the Mustard Man". See more »

Goofs

After Katie asks Boon about the previous night's Toga party, and she tells him she's busy that night, Otter puts his left hand on Boon's left shoulder. In the next shot, his right arm's on Boon's right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Boon: Where are you going? We just got here.
Katy: No, Boon, you just got here. I've been downstairs for an hour entertaining some kid from Pig's Knuckle, Arkansas.
Boon: Umm - maybe we could drive up to your folks' place this weekend.
Katy: Oh, fabulous. My car filled with your beer buddies going up to empty my parents' liquor cabinet. It's too depressing to think about.
Boon: No! Just gonna be you and me. And Otter and another girl.
Katy: Is this really what you're gonna do for the rest of your life?
Boon: What do you mean?
Katy: I mean ...
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Crazy Credits

Four of the listings in the cast are "mean dude," "meaner dude," "meanest dude," and "gigantic dude". See more »

Alternate Versions

Television versions aired on TNT and TBS delete, among others:
  • The scenes where Jennings and the students smoke pot. The scene is cut just after Jennings locks the door and smiles.
  • After Clorette DePasto falls over and reveals the tissue paper in her bra, the entire scene, with the angel, the devil, and the shots of half naked Clorette on the bed are cut out. It immediately jumps to her being ridden home in the shopping cart.
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Sick, depraved, juvenile, disgusting, lewd, perverted......
24 June 2000 | by Sonatine97See all my reviews

Yep, it must be Animal House!

The classic frat comedy of all time. A simple story of college life for a bunch of delinquents who seek solace with a an endless supply of beer, toga parties and loads of young girls.

It doesn't matter that the Delta House (the home of said delinquents), continually fail to pass their exams, for them sex & booze is all what life is about.

The movie is a perfect vehicle for Saturday Night Live star, John Belushi, who is allowed to show off his considerable talent as the biggest sicko of the Delta bunch - check out his impression of a Zit!!

But he is well supported by Tom Hulce, and surprisingly Donald Sutherland as the hippy professor with wayout theories.

Able actor, John Vernon, plays the Principle of the college and often the butt of the Delta House: finding a horse in his office is a classic piece of farce!

All in all, the film hangs together very well with a good script and superb visual jokes. John Landis must have a wild college life himself when he made this.

***/*****


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

28 July 1978 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$276,538, 30 July 1978

Gross USA:

$141,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,600,000
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Mono (Todd-AO)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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