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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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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 <>

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




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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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When Bluto is in the cafeteria line, he loads up his tray with food. When he moves to the next food station, the tray is reversed. Then half way down the hamburger line, the tray turns back around. Also, different food items are on again and off again. See more »


Bluto: [after chugging a whole bottle of Jack without a pause for air] Thanks. I needed that.
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Written by Berry Gordy and Janine Bradford
Performed by John Belushi
Supervised by Kenny Vance
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15 July 2004 | by (El Segundo, CA) – See all my reviews

you probably don't like teen sex comedies anyway. If you write more than 10 lines about this classic, you are taking it way too seriously. This is the King of Teen Sex Comedies, period. Anything that follows is/was a pretender or copycat. And I'll never understand why someone would spend so much time and space critiquing a film they don't like, from a genre they obviously don't appreciate. Virtually every actor plays his part realistically. I still get a huge kick out of Belushi's speech about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor. Or "Do you mind if we dance with yo dates? Or "mine is cucumber." Lots of classic lines. Just enjoy it!

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