I graduated from high school in 1979. “Animal House” was easily my favorite movie of my senior year. I even dragged my mother to see a midnight showing of it. Sadly, it didn’t hit her in the happy giddy way it did me. And while many agreed with my mother–Animal House received generally mixed reviews from critics–the film is one of the most lucrative and loved movies ever made. Shot for a mere $2.7 million, it is one of the most profitable movies of all time; since its initial release, Animal House has made more than $141 million in videos and DVDs, not including merchandising.
It’s a great movie. It was chocked with stars: John Belushi, Tom Hulce, Karen Allen, Donald Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert, and Mark Metcalf. Belushi improvised most of his scenes in the film, including the hysterical scene where he destroys Steven Bishop’s guitar. (Bishop still keeps the guitar as a memento.)
Scene after scene cracks me up: “Greg, honey, is it supposed to be this soft?”; “Sophomore dies in kiln explosion? Oh My God! I just talked to her last week… She was going to make a pot for me.”; “Hi, Eric Stratton, rush chairman. Damn glad to meet you.” “Hi, that was Eric Stratton, rush chairman. He was damn glad to meet you.”
It might be my favorite movie from my high school days. It certainly has a stronger pull on me than Grease!
How about you? What’s your favorite flick from your high school days?
– Dabney AAR