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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 »

Genres:

Comedy

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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

Gross USA:

$141,600,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$141,600,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Todd-AO)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to James Widdoes , none of the seven principal Delta actors (John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Bruce McGill, or Widdoes himself) had ever belonged to a college fraternity. See more »

Goofs

Many times we hear a bell ring to signal the end of class. There are no end-of-period bells in college. See more »

Quotes

Jennings: Teaching is just a way to pay the bills until I finish my novel.
Boon: How long you been workin' on it?
Jennings: Four and a half years.
Pinto: It must be very good.
Jennings: It's a piece of shit. Would anyone like to smoke some pot?
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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 "horse has a heart attack" scene was re-shot for television with Bluto (John Belushi) shouting "I don't believe it!" instead of "Holy shit!" See more »


Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
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Written by Gioachino Rossini
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First of it's kind
6 December 2001 | by john_oneill41See all my reviews

The first film made by National Lampoon magazine, it's a film i've wanted to see for a long time. However, having finally seen it, it's something of a disappointment. Basically, it's the story of a fraternity house, Delta House, at a college in America and it's inhabitant's misadventures. Although it's easy to criticise, this was the first movie of it's kind, paving the way for many other similar films, such as the Porky's trilogy. John Belushi is, as always, brilliant and the rest of the cast acquit themselves admirably, but the problem is the script is just too light. An OK film, but just OK.


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