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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 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 riotous comedy in a class of its own! See more »

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 July 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Animal House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$276,538, 30 July 1978, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,600,000, 31 December 1979
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Todd-AO)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After her scandalous tryst, Mrs. Wormer is packed off to "vacation" in Saratoga Springs, New York, presumably to "dry out". However this is almost certainly an inside joke by Chris Miller for his fellow Dartmouth alumni. In his recollections of college life that earlier inspired the film, Miller writes of a row of whorehouses sometimes patronized by Dartmouth men in that city. But what this reveals about Mrs. Wormer's Saratoga Springs backstory can only be speculated on by those not in on the joke. (Babs' gossip to Greg at the hearing might be a clue: "I just bet it was that Eric Stratton!") See more »

Goofs

When Larry and Kent first approach the Delta House, a mannequin flies out of the window and lands at their feet. As they step over the mannequin, a second camera angle shows the mannequin's legs pointing in the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

Greg Marmalard: Come outta there, you bastards!
Eric 'Otter' Stratton: [in falsetto] Who is it?
Greg Marmalard: You know damn well who it is.
Eric 'Otter' Stratton: I'm sorry. You'll have to come back later. I'm doing the dishes.
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

The original studio screening ran 175 minutes, including footage featuring director John Landis as a bearded cafeteria worker who is tired of Bluto's antics in the lunchroom. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quantum Leap: Animal Frat - October 19, 1967 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Dance
(1962)
Written by Jim Lee
Performed by Chris Montez
Courtesy of ERA Records
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What started it all- and still the best
3 June 2000 | by MisterWhiplashSee 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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