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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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Relive the best 7 years of your college education! See more »

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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

The scene, where John Belushi is teaching everyone the "dirty lyrics" of The Kingsmen's 1963 song "Louie Louie", is based on an actual investigation conducted by the F.B.I. from 1963-65, in which the agency spent more than two and a half years trying to "decode" the song, based on complaints by religious and conservative groups that "profanity and obscenity" aimed at teenagers was "hidden" in the muffled lyrics. After spending more than two years, and tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars, the agency announced that it could find no "obscene" words in the song. See more »

Goofs

During the parade scene, when a police car skids to a stop on a side street, in the background you can clearly see a sign on a building, "Cottage Grove Sentinel". That's the name of the newspaper in Cottage Grove, Oregon, where the scene was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Bluto: Kroger, your Delta Tau Chi name is Pinto.
Pinto: Why "Pinto"?
Bluto: [belches] Why not?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

When Bluto peeps through the sorority-house window he sees some topless girls having a pillow-fight. In the TV version the girls are wearing bras. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Mask (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star Spangled Banner
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Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
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The original, and still the best...
17 June 1999 | by FerentzSee all my reviews

Perhaps it is the greatest movie (comedy) of all time, some could argue that point. However, I believe that it is the greatest comedy movie that will ever be made. This is a truly "funny" movie. The wonderful, colorful writing is brought to life by a wonderful cast. In turn, the incredible talent of the cast is tapped to the fullest extent by John Landis' superb comedic genius. The movie is the greatest because it the original. This statement does seem incredibly cliche, and I hear it use about many movies today. But "Animal House" is the real deal. This true masterpiece didn't rely to heavily on sight gags, shock value, plain old jokes, or good old slap stick. Instead, this movie masterfully combined the many different aspects of comedy into one coherent film. Although all writers and directors borrow from this classic film, none will ever top the achievement of Douglas Kenney, Harold Ramis, and John Landis.


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