Otter (Tim Matheson) calls on his Delta brothers to empathize with "total loser" Kent Dorfman.
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Cast: John Belushi, Douglas Kenney, Tim Matheson, Bruce McGill, Peter Riegert, James Widdoes
Director: John Landis
Producer: Ivan Reitman, Matty Simmons
Screenwriter: Chris Miller, Douglas Kenney, Harold Ramis
Film Description: National Lampoon's Animal House is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis. The film is about a misfit group of fraternity men who challenge their college's administrators. The screenplay was adapted by Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller and Harold Ramis from stories written by Miller and published in National Lampoon magazine based on Miller's experiences in the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Dartmouth College (the character Pinto is a thinly veiled version of Miller, whose actual fraternity nickname was, in fact, "Pinto"), Ramis' experiences in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, and producer Ivan Reitman's experiences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Of the young lead actors only John Belushi was an established star; several of the actors, including Tom Hulce, Karen Allen, and Kevin Bacon, were early in their careers. Upon its initial release, Animal House received generally mixed reviews from critics, but Time and Roger Ebert proclaimed it one of the year's best. Filmed for $2.7 million, it is one of the most profitable movies of all time; since its initial release, Animal House has garnered an estimated return of more than $141 million in the form of video and DVDs, not including merchandising.
The film launched the gross-out genre. In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed Animal House "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. This film was #1 on Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies. It was number 36 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs list of the 100 best American comedies. In 2008, Empire magazine selected Animal House as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.
Plot: Two freshmen, Larry Kroger (Thomas Hulce) and Kent Dorfman (Stephen Furst), seek to join a fraternity at Faber College in 1962. They visit the prestigious Omega Theta Pi House's invitational party but are unwelcome. They then try next door at the Delta Tau Chi House ("I hear it's the worst house on campus"), where Kent's brother was once a member. They meet John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi), urinating outside the building. The Deltas "need the dues" and permit Larry and Kent to pledge. They receive the fraternity names "Pinto" (Larry) and "Flounder" (Kent).
Dean Vernon Wormer (John Vernon) wants to remove the Delta fraternity from campus due to repeated conduct violations. Since they are already on probation, he puts the Deltas on "Double Secret Probation" and orders the clean-cut Omega president Greg Marmalard (James Daughton) to find a way to get rid of the Deltas permanently.
After Omega member and ROTC cadet commander Doug Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf) bullies cadet Flounder, Bluto and Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day (Bruce McGill) persuade Flounder to sneak Neidermeyer's horse into Wormer's office late at night. They give him a gun and tell him to shoot it. Flounder does not know that the gun is loaded with blanks. He cannot bring himself to kill the horse and fires into the ceiling, but the noise frightens the horse so much that it dies.
In the cafeteria the next day, Bluto provokes Marmalard with his impression of a popping zit. This starts a food fight that engulfs the cafeteria. Bluto and D-Day steal the answers to an upcoming psychology test. However, the Omegas planted the exam stencil and the Deltas get every answer wrong. Their grade point averages drop so low that Wormer only needs one more incident to revoke the charter that allows them to remain on campus.
Undaunted, the Deltas organize a toga party, during which Otis Day and the Knights perform "Shout". The dean's drunken wife, Marion (Verna Bloom), attends the party at Otter's invitation and sleeps with him. Due to the party Wormer revokes the fraternity's charter, and their belongings are confiscated. To take their minds off their troubles, Otter, Boon, Flounder, and Pinto go on a road trip. Otter picks up some girls from Emily Dickinson College by pretending to be the boyfriend of Fawn Liebowitz, a girl who recently died on campus. They stop at a roadhouse because Otis Day and the Knights are performing there, not realizing that it caters to an exclusively black clientèle. The hulking patrons intimidate the guys into fleeing, leaving their frightened dates behind ("The Negroes took our dates!").
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