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Animal House -- Don't miss the quintessential college movie:  Faber College's Dean Wormer has a plan to rid the campus of the mischievous Delta House forever, but the Delta boys have plans of their own in this side-splitting parody of college life.  The scene-stealing Belushi is hilarious, starring alongside Oscar nominee Tom Hulce, Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland.
Animal House -- At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the Delta House Fraternity, but those roughhousers have other plans for him.


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Release Date:
28 July 1978 (USA) See more »
We got to do something...You know what we are gonna do ? Toga party ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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This one gets a 4.0 for sure! See more (259 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Hardbar (as Christian Miller)
Bruce Bonnheim ... B.B.

Karen Allen ... Katy

James Widdoes ... Robert Hoover

Tim Matheson ... Eric Stratton

Peter Riegert ... Donald Schoenstein

Bruce McGill ... Daniel Simpson Day
Joshua Daniel ... Mothball

Donald Sutherland ... Dave Jennings

John Vernon ... Dean Vernon Wormer
Junior ... Trooper

Cesare Danova ... Mayor Carmine DePasto

Sunny Johnson ... Otter's Co-Ed (scenes deleted)

Verna Bloom ... Marion Wormer
Sarah Holcomb ... Clorette DePasto
Stacy Grooman ... Sissy
Stephen Bishop ... Charming Guy with Guitar

Otis Day ... Otis Day (as DeWayne Jessie)

Eliza Roberts ... Brunella (as Eliza Garrett)
Lisa Baur ... Shelly
Aseneth Jurgenson ... Beth
Katherine Denning ... Noreen
Raymone Robinson ... Mean Dude
Robert Elliott ... Meaner Dude
Reginald Farmer ... Meanest Dude (as Reginald H. Farmer)
Jebidiah R. Dumas ... Gigantic Dude
Priscilla Lauris ... Dean's Secretary
Rick Eby ... Omega
John Freeman ... Man on Street
Sean McCartin ... Lucky Boy
Helen Vick ... Sorority Girl
Rick Greenough ... Mongol
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Maida Belove ... Delta Girl (uncredited)

Judith Belushi-Pisano ... Bluto's Dance Partner at Toga Party (uncredited)
Robert Cray ... Bandmember, Otis Day and the Knights (uncredited)
Lorraine Furst ... Cashier (uncredited)
Elizabeth Huff ... Girl at Top of Stairs (uncredited)
Tracy K. Shaffer ... Party Goer (uncredited)
Fred Simonds ... Grim - Balding Professor (uncredited)
James 'Izzy' Whetstine ... Man who Measures Dead Horse (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
Harold Ramis (written by) &
Douglas Kenney (written by) &
Chris Miller (written by)

Produced by
Ivan Reitman .... producer
Matty Simmons .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Charles Correll (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Folsey Jr. 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
Don Phillips (uncredited)
Art Direction by
John J. Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Lynne Brooks .... makeup artist (as Lynn Brooks)
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair stylist (as Marilyn Phillips)
Gerald Soucie .... makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Peter Macgregor-Scott .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clifford C. Coleman .... first assistant director (as Cliff Coleman)
Gary McLarty .... second unit director (as Gary R. McLarty)
Ed Milkovich .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Milgrom .... property master
Terry L. Adams .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Delane Lytle .... prop foreman (uncredited)
Gary Osborn .... painter (uncredited)
Jerry Palermo .... painter (uncredited)
Joe Pizzorusso .... swing gang (uncredited)
William F. Reinert .... swing gang (uncredited)
Clint Robinson .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Paul Sabourin .... set constructor (uncredited)
Arthur Smedley .... lead man (uncredited)
John Stuart .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Greg Villalva .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack Gosden .... dialogue editor
Alan Holly .... re-recording mixer
William B. Kaplan .... sound
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
John Stacy .... sound effects editor
Bill Varney .... re-recording mixer
Howard S. Wollman .... re-recording mixer (as Howard Wollman)
Greg Agalsoff .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Noel Bartlett .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jerry Clark .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Henry Millar .... special effects
Gordon Graff .... special effects (uncredited)
Bruce Mattox .... special effects (uncredited)
Hal Millar .... special effects (uncredited)
Leo Sobis .... special effects (uncredited)
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunts (as Pam Bebermeyer)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gilbert Combs)
Bud Ekins .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as Jim Halty)
Clifford Happy .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunts (as Fred Hice)
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Bill Hooker)
Albert M. Mauro .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunt coordinator (as Gary R. McLarty)
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Karen McLarty .... stunts (as Karen Werner)
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Walter Wyatt .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... assistant camera (as Joe Kosko)
Norman Glasser .... gaffer
Pete Hill .... second assistant camera
Richard Kamins .... best boy
Tom Kessenich .... key grip
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
Charles Mills .... second camera operator
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (as John Shannon)
Michael Simpson .... assistant camera
Steve Yaconelli .... camera operator
Al Budiniak .... electrician (uncredited)
David Calloway .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Herb Estabrook .... third camera operator (uncredited)
Jon Falkengren .... second grip (uncredited)
Bob Griffith .... second grip (uncredited)
Frank M. Holgate .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Connie Holt .... electrician (uncredited)
Joe Nappi .... grip (uncredited)
Keith Pallant .... electrician (uncredited)
Herb Roberts .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mark Stanley .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Winkler .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Katherine Wilson .... location casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Chichester .... wardrober
Gene Deardorff .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Malcolm Campbell .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Katherine Wilson .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Dave Kahn .... music editor
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor (uncredited)
David Spear .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Kenny Vance .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Don Newton .... transportation captain
Tom Battaglia .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Vic Hunsberger .... driver (uncredited)
R. Hutchinson .... driver (uncredited)
Lorne McDonald .... driver (uncredited)
Tom McDonald .... driver (uncredited)
Ron Williams .... local driver co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Judith Belushi-Pisano .... production associate (as Judith Jacklin)
Saul Kahan .... unit publicist
Katherine Wooten .... script supervisor
Maida Belove .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sol Berlin .... 40 man (uncredited)
Mitchell ElMahady .... first aid (uncredited)
Rick Frazier .... auditor (uncredited)
Ernie Fuentes .... first aid (uncredited)
Jose Jimez .... chef (uncredited)
Barbara Kennedy .... production secretary (uncredited)
Tony Kerum .... chef (uncredited)
James Moffett .... first aid (uncredited)
Marvin Ramsey .... local craft service (uncredited)
Bill Rodenbaugh .... auditor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"National Lampoon's Animal House" - USA (complete title)
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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Todd-AO)
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (re-rating) (2003) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-16 (1993) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1979) (cut) | Iceland:L | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:R (Certificate #25253) | West Germany:18 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Verna Bloom said that her scene with Dean Wormer, where she is drunk and he is on the phone with the Mayor, was completely improvised because Director John Landis was unhappy with the dialogue written into the script.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the "EAT ME" car hits the bleachers, you can see the rope used to pull them down, pulling the bleachers from behind and dragging them for a short time.See more »
Pinto:[First Lines] Take off that beenie.See more »
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What does John 'Bluto' Blutarsky (John Belushi) yell during the Otis Day and the Knights song "Shout"?
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51 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
This one gets a 4.0 for sure!, 1 May 2004
Author: pendragon679 ( from North of Columbus, OH

John Landis's directorial debut, and John Belushi's first starring role make this screw-ball comedy about college life in the early 60's a must-see. I saw this picture for the first time when it was released to theaters and laughed my buns off; it still holds up today, almost 30 years later.

Every actor in the show gives a bravura performance, with stand-out debuts by the likes of Thomas Hulce, Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Bruce Davidson, and others. In addition, there's a sense throughout the picture that we all knew these guys at one time or another in our lives. Shoot, I think I may have BEEN one or two of these guys at some point in my life. Of course, the picture revolves around Belushi's terrifically over-the-top Bluto Blutarsky; but you simply can't ignore characters like Boone, Otter, Niedermeyer, Gregg Marmalade, and my personal favorite, D-Day.

The writing on this picture is really far better than the loosely-structured plot first indicates. Each character is introduced neatly at their entrance; and, by extension, the other characters are set up by the entrances of their surrounding characters. For instance, when we first meet Belushi's character, he's holding a schooner of beer in one hand and drunkenly taking a leak on the Delta Tau Chi lawn. Right away, we know what the rest of these guys are going to be like. Then, when D-Day makes his entrance, driving his hawg through the front door and up the stairs to play the William Tell Overture on his throat before pulling a beer out of his jacket and popping the top, our fears are confirmed. Meanwhile, we get to meet the uptight, repressed, and mildly facsist other frat through similar vignettes. Kevin Bacon is particularly hilarious in his initiation ("Thank you, sir! May I have another?").

John Landis made his debut with this picture, and what a debut it was! His camera follows each of the characters and events at near breakneck speed, giving the audience little time to recover from one laugh before getting slapped in the head with another. Lots of natural lighting, and sharp, steady pacing with smooth transitions keep the story moving. Refreshingly, the film doesn't rely on over-the-top special effects to hold our attention. Then again, is there really any place for SFX in a picture like this?

The whole picture is one long laugh, from beginning to end. If you're a college grad, you'll forget what it was really like to have to work hard, study, and generally bust your tail to graduate. If you haven't yet gone to college, this picture will give you all the wrong ideas. On the other hand, you've gotta see this one, if for no other reason than to learn all the right (and wrong) things to do at a college party.

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