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National Lampoon's 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 troublemakers have other plans for him.

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John Landis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Chris Miller ... Hardbar (as Christian Miller)
Bruce Bonnheim Bruce Bonnheim ... B.B.
Karen Allen ... Katy
James Widdoes ... Robert Hoover
Tim Matheson ... Eric Stratton
Peter Riegert ... Donald Schoenstein
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Storyline

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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A comedy from Universal Pictures that will escape sometime this summer. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Other than John Belushi's opening yell, the food fight was filmed in one shot, with the actors encouraged to fight for real. Flounder's groceries handling in the supermarket was another single shot. Stephen Furst deftly caught the many items John Landis and Tim Matheson threw at him, amazing Landis. By filming the long courtroom scene in one day, Landis won a bet with Ivan Reitman. See more »

Goofs

When the psych midterm exam is being mimeographed, although it says "PSYCHOLOGY 101" at the top, it appears to be a history exam (topics included on the paper include "Greece from the age of Pericles to the fall of the Athenian Empire" and "crisis and social conflict in Rome from the Gracchi to Sulla"). See more »

Quotes

Flounder: What is my Delta Tau Chi name?
Bluto: Dorfman, I've thought long and hard about this. Your Delta Tau Chi name is... Flounder.
Flounder: Flounder?
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits there is an advertisement: "While in Hollywood, visit Universal Studios." The phrase "(Ask for Babs.)" is below that. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a version of "Animal House", which contains an alternate soundtrack, wherein the background music is mostly 80s rock music. This is especially clear in the cafeteria scene, where the lack of "don't know much about history" is evident (and catastrophic). This version has been aired at least once in Danish television. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Father Ted: Are You Right There Father Ted? (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from A Summer Place
(uncredited)
Written by Max Steiner
Performed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
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Vulgar, but also incredibly funny with a truly wonderful performance from Belushi
25 September 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Animal House is not my favourite comedy or anything, but I like it very much. I do like comedy, I like John Landis and I like John Belushi, so naturally I thought yeah I think I'll like this film. And I did. While light on plot and quite vulgar strictly speaking, it is still hugely enjoyable thanks to the performances. Animal House is beautifully filmed, has a good soundtrack and John Landis does a great job directing, while the sight gags are smart and the script has enough hilarious one-liners to keep you chuckling. As for favourite scenes, I have two specific favourites, the food fight and the wonderful rallying speech. The acting is very good, while Kevin Bacon, Tom Hulce, Peter Reigert and Donald Sutherland give great performances, it is John Belushi's film all the way as he gives one of his best ever performances in this film. In conclusion, very good film and funny. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laser Orgy Girls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$276,538, 30 July 1978

Gross USA:

$141,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,600,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Todd-AO)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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