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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 trouble-makers have other plans for him.


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Larry Kroger (as Thomas Hulce)
Douglas Kenney ...
Chris Miller ...
Hardbar (as Christian Miller)
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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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28 July 1978 (USA)  »

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National Lampoon's Animal House  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)


$141,600,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The clip where Otis Day and the Knights perform "Shout" has, for several years been shown on the Autzen Stadium jumbotron immediately after the third quarter at every U of O home football game, with thousands of fans singing along. See more »


The letters on the balcony change from "DXT" to "DTX" and back again while the house is being gutted by the authorities. See more »


Dean Vernon Wormer: The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.
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Four of the listings in the cast are "mean dude," "meaner dude," "meanest dude," and "gigantic dude". See more »


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Written by Berry Gordy and Janine Bradford
Performed by John Belushi
Supervised by Kenny Vance
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National Lampoon's finest cinematic moment.
18 December 2001 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

Tasteless, politically incorrect and absolutely laugh-out loud hilarious, with a cast that's a Who's Who of later stars, including Peter Riegert, Tom Hulce, Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, etc.

It's bittersweet watching the brilliance of John Belushi in this, his finest hour. Every twitch of his beady eyes, every jiggle of his mighty beer belly, every line of dialogue delivered with just the right amount of bluster or sneering sarcasm -- this guy was a bona-fide comic genius. He was taken from us far too soon.

Director John Landis orchestrates the escalating hi-jinks with masterful comedic precision, Elmer Bernstein contributes a very funny mock-grandiose score, and veteran character actor John Vernon provides a wonderful arch-villain as the toweringly evil Dean Wormer.

There are almost too many comic highlights; pick your own favorite. My candidates: Bluto's rousing speech about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor, Pinto's Good & Bad Consciences battling over whether he should take advantage of his passed-out date, and Otter picking up the dean's wife in the supermarket vegetable aisle.

Watch for co-writer Doug Kenney as 'Stork', suspected of brain damage. Another Saturday Night Live alumnus, along with Belushi and Harold Ramis, he died in a hiking accident in Hawaii not too long after the movie's release. Heartfelt thanks to him and Belushi, as well as everyone else involved in this classic, for providing us with so many laughs.

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