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Back to School 2023: National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

Opens on August 25

Director: John Landis Run Time: 109 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1978

Starring: John Belushi, John Vernon, Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Verna Bloom

Country: United States
Language: English, Italian

About the film:

This outrageous spoof of 1960s campus life celebrates its 45th anniversary! At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Inspired by stories written for the National Lampoon magazine, this low-budget film came out of nowhere to become the highest grossing comedy ever at the time and helped launch the careers Kevin Bacon, Karen Allen, Bruce McGill, Tom Hulce, and Peter Reigert. Now regarded as one of the most quoted and iconic comedy films in history, Animal House (1978) was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2001.

About the filmmaker:

John Landis is an influential American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor whose career spans a range of genres. He is best known directing some of the seminal comedies of the century, including¬†The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Trading Places (1983), Three Amigos (1986), and Coming to America (1988), and for directing Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking music video for “Thriller” in 1983 followed by “Black or White” in 1991. Landis has received recognition for his body of work, including a lifetime achievement award at the 74th Locarno Film Festival in 2021.

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