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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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Runtime:

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

When Neidermeyer closes the door on Flounder at Omega House, two women in red dresses can be seen coming down a stairway in the background. A moment later, they cut back to an empty stairway, and then the same two girls reappear at the top. See more »

Quotes

Mandy Pepperidge: [Bluto has joined Mandy, Otter, Greg, Chip and Babs at their lunch table and is consuming his food with somewhat sloppy gusto] Greg, can't you...
Otter: No, it's okay, just keep your hands and feet away from his mouth.
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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

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 »


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Wonderful World
Written by Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert, and Lou Adler
Performed by Sam Cooke
Courtesy of RCA Records
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If your review is too long....
15 July 2004 | by dchristrevSee all my reviews

you probably don't like teen sex comedies anyway. If you write more than 10 lines about this classic, you are taking it way too seriously. This is the King of Teen Sex Comedies, period. Anything that follows is/was a pretender or copycat. And I'll never understand why someone would spend so much time and space critiquing a film they don't like, from a genre they obviously don't appreciate. Virtually every actor plays his part realistically. I still get a huge kick out of Belushi's speech about the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor. Or "Do you mind if we dance with yo dates? Or "mine is bigger....my cucumber." Lots of classic lines. Just enjoy it!


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