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Animal House (1978)

R | | Comedy | 28 July 1978 (USA)
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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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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We got to do something... You know what we are gonna do? Toga party! See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$276,538, 30 July 1978, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,600,000
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Trivia

The film's budget was so small that during the twenty-eight days of shooting in Eugene, John Landis had no trailer or office, and could not watch dailies for three weeks. His wife, Deborah Nadoolman, purchased most of the costumes at local thrift stores, and she and Judith Belushi-Pisano (John Belushi's wife) made the party togas. See more »

Goofs

Army (including ROTC) drill teams are issued non-firing, usually obsolete, rifles for public demonstrations. (In part for safety and in part because of the risk of damage to the weapon.) The rifles used in the parade should not have had firing pins and, therefore, Neidermeyer should not have been able to fire live rounds with them. See more »

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Gigantic Dude: Do you mind if we dance with your dates?
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Four of the listings in the cast are "mean dude," "meaner dude," "meanest dude," and "gigantic dude". See more »

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Dream Girl
Composed and Performed by Stephen Bishop
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Often imitated, never duplicated.
25 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

You'll have to excuse me and some of the other proponents of 'National Lampoon's Animal House' if we seem a little defensive about the movie. That's because it's often not recognized as the superior comedy classic that it is. Instead, too often it is lumped in with the multitude of inferior films that it inspired, which is totally unfair.

Some of the conventional wisdom about 'Animal House' is absolutely right, though. John Belushi does give a bravura performance that is reminiscent of the great comics before him like Chaplin, Keaton (Buster, not Michael), the Marx Brothers, etc., and he does it with a wonderful economy of words. His character of "Bluto" Blutarsky is often emulated and imitated but many times the persons doing so have no idea what it was that made him and his performance so great.

Tim Matheson as "Otter" and his other frat house buddies were also prototypes that were much imitated too, and again often without success. Otter was the quintessential smooth talker, always working an angle on everybody, especially the ladies. When a woman tells him that his lovemaking wasn't that great, he cocks his head, points a finger at himself and mouths the words, "not great?" in mock disbelief. Before Tom Hanks got "Big" he made a career out of playing this character. Also John Vernon set a standard for straight men with his portrayal of the beleaguered Dean Wormer, plagued by his "zoo fraternity."

Not all of the movie's humor aims low, by any means; some of it is quite sophisticated. (Yes, you read it right.) The screenwriters and director John Landis did a great job evoking Kennedy-era America and they found a lot to laugh at. This comedy is an unqualified classic by the simplest definition-- it makes you laugh, long and loud.


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