National Lampoon's Animal House

  • 15
  • John Landis (1978)
  • US
  • 104 min
National Lampoon's Animal House
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

It spawned a number of puerile spin-offs, but this cheerfully vulgar offering deserves the status of comedy classic. As well as providing John Belushi with his best ever role, it also helped launch the career of a number of rising young actors (Kevin Bacon, Tom Hulce, Peter Riegert), not to mention director John Landis and co-writer Harold Ramis, who went on to star with Bill Murray in the Ghost Busters movies and direct him in the hilarious Groundhog Day. There's not much of a plot to speak of: at a US college in the early 1960s, dean John Vernon decides to remove the depraved Delta House fraternity from the campus; Belushi and his fellow students decide to fight back. Everyone remembers the food fight, but the film is crammed with smart sight gags and one-liners, and Belushi's incomprehensible rallying speech at the end is quite wonderful.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring John Belushi and Tim Matheson. Faber College, 1962: the students of Delta House have a reputation for wild parties and drinking. However, as the latest batch of freshmen arrives on campus, the future of the house comes under threat from the dean, who has decided that such unbridled behaviour is not to be tolerated.

Cast and crew


John "Bluto" Blutarsky
John Belushi
Eric "Otter" Stratton
Tim Matheson
Dean Vernon Wormer
John Vernon
Marion Wormer
Verna Bloom
Larry "Pinto" Kroger
Tom Hulce
Mayor Carmine DePasto
Cesare Danova
Donald "Boon" Schoenstein
Peter Riegert
Kent "Flounder" Dorfman
Stephen Furst
Karen Allen
Professor Dave Jennings
Donald Sutherland
Daniel "D-Day" Simpson
Bruce McGill
Mandy Pepperidge
Mary Louise Weller
Gregg Marmalard
James Daughton
Chip Diller
Kevin Bacon
Clorette DePasto
Sarah Holcomb


John Landis

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Swearing, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 30 Oct 2009
Certificate 15
Universal Pictures