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"It was the Deltas against the rules... the rules lost!"

National Lampoon's Animal House is a raucous comedy that was written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller. Directed by John Landis, the film was produced by Ivan Reitman and Matty Simmons. The story begins at Faber University, formed by the lead pencil company. Their motto is Knowledge is Good. However, Otter (played by Tim Matheson) and Bluto (played by John Belushi) and fellow frat brothers are demonstrating against polite civilization by way of women, beer, motorcycles, music, Playboy magazines and many rude exploits. The group is opposed to any sort of serious thought, studying, the Dean and any rules that are designed to govern fraternities.

Bluto is the most outrageous of all the frat brothers. He begins by obliging his frat member by crushing a beer can on his forehead. Just for good measure, he goes on to climb a ladder in order to peek at scantily clad sorority girls in the midst of a pillow fight.

The Hell's Angels arrive with beer kegs, bursting through the Delta House's windows. Otter manages to achieve a stature when it comes to his particular obsessions. John Vernon plays the Dean of Students and despite his attempts to use a hard edged attitude, he never gets the better of the bad boys.

Verna Bloom is the Dean's wife, who remains eternally desperate while still being cynical. Donald Sutherland is a pothead from the early sixties, nodding solemnly at all of the various sophomoric rhetoric, admitting that he is just as bored by the Dean as is everyone else.

As Bluto leads the charge, we see him consuming enormous amounts of food in pig-like fashion and pouring a fifth of Jack Daniels down his gullet. He belches and then goes right on being as offensive as possible. Finally, the Delta House is thrown off of the school campus and all he can say is that seven years have gone down the drain.

R
| 1978 | 1 hr 49 min | 7.6/10 | 79/100
Cast
Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Mark Metcalf, Mary Louise Weller
Studio
July 28, 1978 (premiere)
Director
John Landis
Language
English
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Also starring Thomas Hulce

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