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Animal House (1978)

R | | Comedy | 28 July 1978 (USA)
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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It was the Deltas against the rules... the rules lost! See more »

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Also Known As:

Laser Orgy Girls  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$141,600,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The original version of the movie was 175 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

When Katy is about to hand the beer to Pinto, she is holding it in her left hand at the tap. She then switches it to her right hand as Pinto approaches and asks him if he wants a beer as she looks at his name tag she switches the beer back to her left hand. As she says Larry, the camera angle switches from behind her left shoulder, but she is handing him the beer with her right hand. See more »

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Otter: Mandy, Mandy Pepperidge. I haven't seen you since we...
Mandy Pepperidge: Go away!
Otter: I'm sorry, I can only stay a minute. Can I buy you some lunch? Oh, you got your lunch. Well, how about some milk? Got your milk too. Can I just massage your thighs while you eat?
Mandy Pepperidge: Do I have to leave?
Otter: Is this any way to treat an intimate friend?
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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 »

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Referenced in Back to the Future Part II (1989) See more »

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Tossin' and Turnin'
Written by Ritchie Adams and Malou Rene
Performed by Bobby Lewis
Courtesy of Springboard International Records, Inc.
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What started it all- and still the best
3 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the best college comedy ever made. Nothing has ever come close to comedic perfection, and never will again. The early bird director John Landis directs this film into greatness bringing stars John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Mark Metcalf and Donald Sutherland to the screen in brilliance. True, this film is just about a bunch of misfits defying authority in a campus of 1962, but that's what makes it so good, and original. Belushi, Metcalf, and others bring many of the laughs here, but it is mainly it's reputation that brings this film into hilarity. A landmark in cinema comedy. By the way, screenwriters Harold Ramis and Chris Miller originally were going to make this a film about Charles Manson called Laser Orgy Girls, so thank god Douglas Kenney came in and straightened this out to the right part.


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