National Lampoon's Animal House

National Lampoon's Animal House

Director: John Landis Cast: John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon
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National Lampoon's Animal House

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2008
UPC: 0025195027595
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:00:00

Special Features

Relive all your favorite moments from your favorite fraternity through real movies clips, trivia questions, and an array of on-screen puzzlers with these two games; ; Where Are They Now? A hilarious mockumentary featuring the original cast; ; The Yearbook - An Animal House Reunion; An orginal documentary featuring interviews with Director John Landis, Producers Ivan Reitman & Matty Simmons, cast members Tim Matheson, Karen Allen, Stephen Furst, Peter Riegart, John Vernon & Kevin Bacon, Composer Elmer Bernstein and writers Chris Miller & Harold Ramis plus behind-the-scenes footage and clips with John Belushi

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Karen Allen Katy
James Widdoes Robert Hoover
Martha Smith Babs Jensen
Sarah Holcomb Clorette DePasto
Kevin Bacon Chip Diller
Peter Riegert Donald "Boon" Schoenstein
Douglas Kenney Stork
Joshua Daniel Mothball
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
Eliza Garrett Brunella
John Freeman Man on Street
Helen Vick Sorority Girl
John Landis Actor
Otis Day & the Knights Actor
Robert Cray (uncredited) Bandmember, Otis Day and the Knights

Technical Credits
John Landis Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Stephen Bishop Songwriter
Lynn Brooks Makeup
Michael Chinich Casting
Robert P. Cohen Asst. Director
Clifford C. Coleman Asst. Director
Charles Correll Cinematographer
Jean-Pierre Dorleac Costumes/Costume Designer
Bud Ekins Stunts
George Folsey Editor
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Mark Goldenberg Score Composer
Jim Halty Stunts
Peter V. Herald Co-producer
John Hughes Screenwriter
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Kenney Screenwriter
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
John J. Lloyd Art Director
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Gary McLarty Stunts
Richard Meyer Editor
Henry Millar Special Effects
Chris Miller Screenwriter
Ann Mills Editor
Dean Edward Mitzner Production Designer
Deborah Nadoolman Costumes/Costume Designer
Marilyn Phillips Makeup
Harold Ramis Screenwriter
Bill Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Reitman Producer
Matty Simmons Producer
Gerald Soucie Makeup
Bill Varney Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Yaconelli Camera Operator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- National Lampoon's Animal House
1. Faber College 1962 (Main Titles) [2:35]
2. The Best House On Campus [2:39]
3. The Worst House On Campus [6:34]
4. Double-Secret Probation [1:47]
5. The New Pledges [3:40]
6. The Problem With Milton [1:58]
7. Neidermeyer's Golf Lesson [3:04]
8. A Joint With Mr Jennings [3:33]
9. A Defenseless Animal [2:09]
10. The Horse's Heart Attack [2:46]
11. The Mayor [1:02]
12. Lunch With Bluto [2:47]
13. Food Fight! [2:29]
14. Mandy's Secret Admirer [2:55]
15. The Psych Test [3:35]
16. Preparing To Party [4:43]
17. The Toga Party [2:38]
18. "Shout!" (Otis Day & The Knights) [3:26]
19. Toga Love [3:02]
20. Larry's Dilemma [2:29]
21. The Probation Hearing [6:05]
22. Closed Down [1:41]
23. Road Trip! [1:09]
24. Fawn's Fiancé [3:06]
25. The Only White People Here [6:07]
26. The Morning After [1:21]
27. My Brother's Car [2:08]
28. The Deltas Come Undone [:11]
29. When The Going Gets Tough [4:40]
30. A Really Futile And Stupid Gesture [2:33]
31. The Homecoming Parade [3:27]
32. The Deltas Strike Back [3:24]
33. The Deathmobile [3:33]
34. Where Are They Now? [1:45]
35. End Titles [4:01]
36. When In Hollywood [2:59]

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National Lampoon's Animal House 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every bit as funny as when it came out….enjoy this belly-laugh movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best movie ever adicted to it forever. recomended for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest movies you will ever see. I loved it. The best frat house party ever. I laughed so hard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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