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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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Writers:
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Release Date:
28 July 1978 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
We got to do something...You know what we are gonna do ? Toga party ! See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"National Lampoon's Animal House" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
109 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Todd-AO)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
The film takes place in 1962.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While Niedermeyer is belittling Flounder, Boon selects a club and hands the golf bag to Otter. Cuts back to the "you all are worthless and weak..." speech, Boon hands the golf bag to Otter again.See more »
Quotes:
Pinto:[First Lines] Take off that beenie.See more »
Soundtrack:
Peter and the WolfSee more »

FAQ

What does John 'Bluto' Blutarsky (John Belushi) yell during the Otis Day and the Knights song "Shout"?
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26 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
"My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.", 9 March 2005
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

This raunchy comedy was a major success at the time of its release (grossing well over $100 million in theaters alone) and still maintains a strong cult following on home video. It is the gross-out boys-only flick that launched a new wave of rude-n'-crude teen comedies, as well as immortalizing John Belushi as one of America's most beloved comedic icons.

It's the 1960s and the Delta fraternity is in trouble with the Faber College's Dean Wormer (John Vernon) yet again. The frat's crazy antics have gotten out of hand and the grades of its students have been steadily declining. Grabbing at the opportunity, Dean Wormer uses their poor grades and behavior as an excuse to kick them off the campus. However, the Deltas fight back – and give it all they've got.

"Animal House" is solely responsible for the surge of teen-styled comedies in the 1980s and '90s. There is no other film predating this, to speak of, which mixed sex, profanity, vulgarity, slapstick and rebellion all into one funny little bundle. "Animal House" truly is a revolutionary comedy, for better or worse. Yet in fact for all its offensive material, "Animal House" is joyously likable, infectious and agreeable. The writers – Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller – create a plethora of strong characters, which helps define and separate "Animal House" from many of its imitators (and indeed compares it to the equally-enjoyable "American Pie" series, which – like the "Animal" before it – took the time to study and care for its characters, rather than completely exploit them for "humor" – it's always harder to laugh at characters we don't care about, and much easier to laugh at those of whom we do).

Director John Landis (who would re-team with Belushi again in 1980 with "The Blues Brothers") not only understands his cast (mainly Belushi) but also his audience and paves a way for sibling genre entries through his realistic slapstick approach (this is not crazy in the same way as Airplane, Naked Gun or Police Academy is – in fact it's far more rooted in realism and only a few sequences really get out of hand and turn into classic dumb slapstick).

John Belushi as the alcoholic Bluto Blutarsky (on getting kicked out of college: "Seven years down the drain! I might as well join the Peace Corps!") remains the scene-stealer to this day, yet despite the film's close links with Belushi in general he is just a co-star, and when on-screen rarely speaks (a fact played to the film's comedic advantage – when Bluto gives his final rousing speech, it seems to mean something, even if…well…it doesn't.) Belushi demanded the largest paycheck of all the actors – including Donald Sutherland – but is hardly the "star" of "Animal House." Had he been, it may very well not have been as successful as it turned out to be – not because Bluto is annoying, but because introducing him in smaller portions – rather than focusing on him alone – constructs a fall-back mechanism of sorts; when the comedy is lagging too much, they bring in Bluto for support.

Bluto thrives on fun and partying – when he learns of a possible toga party, he begins a chant. One imagines he's so drunk and stoned he doesn't really understand much of what is going on. The film never identifies with him on a personal level. He's just sort of there. And we get the feeling perhaps he's only involved in the frat's antics because it's a blast – does he really care about staying in college? Or does he just want more free booze? "Animal House" might not be the best comedy of all time, and I'm hardly going to start arguing that it is. For one thing, it can tend to be a bit inconsistent – the humor is never continuously strong; rather it comes in bursts. Technically, it's imperfect – by a long shot. However, whoever said that the amount of laughter alone defines the greatness of a comedy? Do we need it to be fine art? "Animal House" doesn't only have its fair share of funny material and iconic screen moments, but is also incredibly entertaining, rowdy and cool – the quintessential college film and certainly the sort of comedy any self-respecting bachelor would make sure he views at least two hundred times a year. (Give or take.) All together, now: "Toga, toga, toga!"

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