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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 71. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

August 9, 2011

71. National Lampoon’s Animal House [DVD] (1978)

Plot: Larry (Tom Hulce) and Kent (Stephen Furst) are freshman in college in 1962 and pledge the Delta house fraternity whose main interest include toga parties, road trips, and pratical jokes. Here they meet compulsive womanizer Otter (Tim Matheson), the adventurous Boone (Peter Riegert), Boone’s girlfriend Katy (Karen Allen), the daring D-Day (Bruce McGill), the responsible Hoover (James Widdoes), and the unforgettable Bluto (John Belushi).
But Dean Wormer (John Vernon) is determined to have Delta kicked off campus, so he enlists the help of Omega house and its leader Doug Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf) to get the job done.

Also Starring: Mary Louise Weller, Martha Smith, Douglas Kenney, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: John Landis
Written by: Harold Ramis
Length: 109 min
Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $141,600,000 (USA)

It was the Deltas against the rules… the rules lost! (tagline)

I watch this movie at least once every year. It is the greatest college movie ever made and even if people have tried and some have come close, it is yet to be surpassed.

Favorite Quote: D-Day: We have an old saying in Delta House: don’t get mad, get even.

But maybe I’m biased. My love for John Belushi has gone so far I own all of his movies, the seasons he starred on Saturday Night Live, the books; the documentaries, the records, the posters, the mugs, the T-shirts. All I need is the autograph…
And he is great in this one. But he isn’t alone; the cast is filled with great actors, and even though they are mostly newcomers they help create this fun-filled, mischievous masterpiece filled with great scenes and characters.

Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered what Donald Sutherland’s ass looks like, you will not be disappointed.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Director John Landis has stated that his original choices for the roles of Boon and Otter were Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. Neither could be signed on for the movie because of scheduling conflicts.

The role of D-Day was written for Dan Aykroyd and based on his motorcycle-loving personality.


PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 72. Sideways (2004)


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2011 10:59

    Can you imagine how incredible that movie would’ve been if it had Chase, Murray and Akroyd? Not that it wasn’t already incredible.

    I wish I could do the Belushi eyebrow thing. I can only do it with my left eye, but not the right.

    • Sika permalink*
      August 9, 2011 10:59

      Yeah, that cast would have been amazing. I have heard rumors that Murray and Chase hate each other though, but I would love to see a comedy starring Aykroyd, Murray and Chevy, that would be something..

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