National Lampoon's Animal HouseDirector: John Landis
Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million dollars and started a slew of careers for its cast in the process. National Lampoon's Animal House is set in 1962 on the campus of Faber College in Faber, PA. The first glimpse we get of the campus is the statue of its founder Emil Faber, on the base of which is inscribed the motto, "Knowledge Is Good." Incoming freshmen Larry "Pinto" Kroger (Tom Hulce) and Kent "Flounder" Dorfman (Stephen Furst) find themselves rejected by the pretentious Omega fraternity, and instead pledge to Delta House. The Deltas are a motley fraternity of rejects and maladjusted undergraduates (some approaching their late twenties) whose main goal -- seemingly accomplished in part by their mere presence on campus -- is disrupting the staid, peaceful, rigidly orthodox, and totally hypocritical social order of the school, as represented by the Omegas and the college's dean, Vernon Wormer (John Vernon). Dean Wormer decides that this is the year he's going to get the Deltas expelled and their chapter decertified; he places the fraternity on "double secret probation" and, with help from Omega president Greg Marmalard (James Daughton) and hard-nosed member Doug Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf), starts looking for any pretext on which to bring the members of the Delta fraternity up on charges. The Deltas, oblivious to the danger they're in, are having a great time, steeped in irreverence, mild debauchery, and occasional drunkenness, led by seniors Otter (Tim Matheson), Hoover (James Widdoes), D-Day (Bruce McGill), Boon (Peter Riegert), and pledge master John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi). They're given enough rope to hang themselves, but even then manage to get into comical misadventures on a road trip (where they arrange an assignation with a group of young ladies from Emily Dickinson University). Finally, they are thrown out of school, and, as a result, stripped of their student deferments (and, thus, eligible for the draft). They decide to commit one last, utterly senseless (and screamingly funny) slapstick act of rebellion, making a shambles of the university's annual homecoming parade, and, in the process, getting revenge on the dean, the Omegas, and everyone else who has ever gone against them.
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- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|John Belushi||John "Bluto" Blutarsky|
|Tim Matheson||Eric "Otter" Stratton|
|John Vernon||Dean Vernon Wormer|
|Verna Bloom||Marion Wormer|
|Tom Hulce||Larry "Pinto" Kroger|
|Stephen Furst||Kent "Flounder" Dorfman|
|Cesare Danova||Mayor Carmine DePasto|
|Donald Sutherland||Prof. Dave Jennings|
|James Daughton||Greg Marmalard|
|Mary Louise Weller||Mandy Pepperidge|
|Bruce McGill||Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day|
|Mark Metcalf||Doug Neidermeyer|
|DeWayne Jessie||Otis Day|
|James Widdoes||Robert Hoover|
|Martha Smith||Babs Jensen|
|Sarah Holcomb||Clorette DePasto|
|Kevin Bacon||Chip Diller|
|Peter Riegert||Donald "Boon" Schoenstein|
|Robert Irvin Elliott||Meaner Dude|
|Pricilla Lauris||Dean's Secretary|
|Reginald H. Farmer||Meanest Dude|
|Sunny Johnson||Otter's Co-ed|
|Stephen Bishop||Charming Guy with Guitar|
|John Freeman||Man on Street|
|Helen Vick||Sorority Girl|
|Otis Day & the Knights||Actor|
|Robert Cray||(uncredited) Bandmember, Otis Day and the Knights|
|Elmer Bernstein||Score Composer|
|Robert P. Cohen||Asst. Director|
|Clifford C. Coleman||Asst. Director|
|Jean-Pierre Dorleac||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Hal G. Gausman||Set Decoration/Design|
|Mark Goldenberg||Score Composer|
|Peter V. Herald||Co-producer|
|William B. Kaplan||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Philip H. Lathrop||Cinematographer|
|John J. Lloyd||Art Director|
|Anne McCulley||Set Decoration/Design|
|Henry Millar||Special Effects|
|Dean Edward Mitzner||Production Designer|
|Deborah Nadoolman||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bill Randall||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Bill Varney||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Steve Yaconelli||Camera Operator|
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Every bit as funny as when it came out….enjoy this belly-laugh movie.
25 years after it's release Animal House is still as funny and full of a rare, hidden form of wisdom. The form of wisdom you see imediately, if your vision has not been obscured by society's effort to make you stay put on your couch every evening, watching the news and one of the oh-so-funny shows, that seem to be to so many people's liking. Wonderfully respectless and political incorrect - someday that might come into fashion again, threatening the seemingly good citizens like the perverted Omega brothers - it has given us classic cult lines ad lib like 'The time has come for somebody to put his foot down, and that foot is me!' Watch it, and reconnect with your inner teenager. He is longing for you!
this is the best movie ever adicted to it forever. recomended for everyone.
This movie was one of me & my family's all time favorite movies. We evan own it on d.v.d. & we watched it almost every single day of the summer of 2004 for two months untill my mom took it away for a while and for just one night. But we got it back and we are still watching it and we are beginning to watch it every weekend.
As a comedy, i liked it better than Blues Brothers which surprised me since i've been around Blues Brothers longer. John Belushi is great in this! Inspired many comedies around today, especially fraternity comedies like Old School and Van Wilder.
One of the funniest movies you will ever see. I loved it. The best frat house party ever. I laughed so hard.
I first watched Animal House in a movie theater when I was around 13 years old. I watched Saturday Night Live every Saturday night and I was a huge fan of John Belushi so I really wanted to see this movie and he was absolutely hilarious as Bluto and the rest of the cast was great too, especially Tim Matheson and Peter Reiger. I had this movie on VHS video tape and when the Double Secret Probation Edition DVD came out I bought the widescreen version and despite not being able to bypass the previews and having to watch approximately about 5 minutes of adds for other movies I'm not sorry I bought the DVD! Seeing it again in it's original widescreen theatrical aspect ratio again after all these years after having to watch it on TV and on video tape in the pan and scan format was a definite plus. It was very nice to see the full Widescreen length!
The awesome and very philosophical debut of John Belushi. Great comedy, especially in a politically correct age. 'Nough said. Besides, it could cost millions of lives.