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Animal House (1978)

 -  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 trouble-makers have other plans for him.

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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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National Lampoon's Animal House  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$141,600,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Although the film takes place in Pennsylvania, a Tennessee flag is shown in the courtroom. This is because the set decorator was unable to find a large enough Pennsylvania flag for the scene, and the blue Oregon state flag wouldn't work because it had "State of Oregon" text on the upper part. So the set decorator used the most generic flag he could find, which turned out to be the Tennessee state flag. See more »

Goofs

At the ROTC inspection, Neidermeyer salutes Chip Diller and Diller returns the salute. Since Chip Diller is the lower ranking officer, he should have saluted Neidermeyer, and Neidermeyer should have returned the salute. See more »

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Katy: Boon, I think I'm in love with a retard.
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Supervised by Mark Davis
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John Belushi Rules!
16 January 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This is the film that changed the face of comedy forever. It also created a new sub genre in comedy known as the teen comedy. Tom Hulce's role as Pinto is a warmup for his great performance as Mozart in Amadeus(1985). Its well written by Bill Murray sidekick and filmmaker Harold Ramis.

The film was in the first screenplay to take place in High School but was moved up to College to lessen the taboos. Mark Metcalf is wonderfully cast as the fascist and hatable Neidermeyer. The food fight scene is a gem. Another great scene is the speech made by Belushi.

Animal House(1978) was done during a excellent time in movie making for John Landis in which he came up with films like Kentucky Fried Movie(1977), The Blues Brothers(1980), An American Werewolf in London(1981), and Into the Night(1985). John Belushi makes his film debut here and practically steals every scene as Bluto. His performance in Animal House(1978) shows why he is the greatest comedian in the history of Saturday Night Live. John Vernon is terrific as the mean and evil Dean Wormer.

My favorite scene is the report card sequence. Animal House would spawn many copycats that ranges from excellent to very poor. Donald Sutherland as Jennings is very humorous. Animal House(1978) is a comedy classic that will never be matched or surpassed on its level of anarchic Comedy.


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