National Lampoon's Animal House

National Lampoon's Animal House

John Landis (1978)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A college's most slobbish and unruly student fraternity faces expulsion for upsetting the rigid social order of the campus, so its madcap members plan one final act of rebellion against the college dean and a preppy bunch of snobbish bullies at the annual university homecoming parade. Comedy, starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen and Tom Hulce.

Cast & 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
Katy 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
Director John Landis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Oct 2009