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Animal House (1978)

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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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These guys are flunking out of college and loving every minute of it! You will too. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

12 April 1979 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Colegio de animales 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

Chris Miller based Pinto on himself as a Dartmouth sophomore, as "Pinto" had been his frat nickname, whereas he saw Boon (created initially by Harold Ramis) as an older and wiser version of himself. Dean Wormer was based (more or less) on Richard Nixon. "Flounder" was the frat nickname of a "Charles Laughton-like rich guy" from Tulsa, who was nothing like the film's Flounder, aside from the drinking. Bluto was a pastiche of several fellow frats of Miller's, mostly three nicknamed "Alby", "Seal", and "Bags". See more »

Goofs

At the "Toga Party," Otis Day sings "Shout" into a Shure SM58 microphone, which was not introduced until 1968. See more »

Quotes

Charming guy with guitar: I gave my love a cherry / That had no stone / I gave my love a chicken / That had no bones / I gave my love a story / That had no end / I gave my...
Bluto: [grabs the guitar and smashes it against the wall] Sorry.
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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

Late in the movie, Boone goes into Katy's living room. She has just finished sleeping with Professor Jennings. After Boone figures out what's going on and leaves, Professor Jennings walks out of the bedroom and into the kitchen, opens a cabinet, and reaches for something on a high shelf. In the theater version, he is bare-butt naked. In the TV version, he's wearing pants. See more »


Soundtracks

Peter and the Wolf
(uncredited)
Written by Sergei Prokofiev
Performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Maybe Can't Really Be Appreciated Anymore
11 November 2002 | by pattersonsmithSee all my reviews

If you have only seen this movie on TV, you have not really seen this movie. One of the best movie experiences of my life was seeing this movie in the theater with a full house of college students. I have never heard an audience laugh so hard, and I was laughing with them. That experience can never be recaptured. I don't know why this movie doesn't make the midnight movie tour in college towns. That way it might have some of the same impact. Also when it came out in 1978 it is hard to explain how big John Belushi was unless you were there and saw it first hand. It's still funny on the small screen, but only if you see it uncut. Never watch it on a network, they cut out most of the jokes!


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