Animal House

Continuity mistake: The candle on the table appears/disappears when they're at the bar where Otis is playing, especially when the big dude removes the table to "dance with their dates". (01:16:40)

Factual error: Mrs. Wormer confuses the meanings of "sensual" and "sensuous". Sensuous merely means appealing to the senses; sensual has sexual connotations. In other words, vegetables are sensuous; people are sensual. (00:46:45)

Continuity mistake: In the parade sequence only a few smoke sticks are shown to be shot into the crowds, but when the DeathMobile emerges through the smoke you can see dozens of billowing smoke sticks aligned across the ground. (01:39:20)

Continuity mistake: When Larry meets Karen Allen's character at the frat house, she offers him a beer. When you see the back shot of Larry, he is holding the beer glass in his right hand. When it switches to a frontal view of Larry, he is holding the glass in the left hand. (00:07:30)

Factual error: In the scene where Larry and the Mayor's daughter are on the football field, it appears to be artificial turf. Artificial turf wasn't invented until 1965, 3 years after the movie was to have taken place. (01:32:00)

Continuity mistake: When they're at the man's house who offers them some pot, you can see that he's petting a Siamese cat. But when he stands up to go put the blinds down, the cat is gone and he never moved it off his lap. (00:22:50)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Bluto is watching the pillow fight through the window, when Mandy comes in the room and the girls stop to talk to her, every time the camera cuts from Bluto to the girls the girls have changed positions in the room. (00:38:50)

Continuity mistake: When they take Flounder's car to go pick up some chicks, Otter puts a can of beer on top of the car. In the next shot the beer is not on the car anymore. (01:08:05)

Continuity mistake: When the authorities and moving crews are clearing all of the junk out of Delta House, we see a workman with a hammer removing the fraternity symbols from the house's upstairs railing. However, the symbols are not in the correct order: They read "Delta Chi Tau," and the workman is removing the "Tau" from the end. Moments later, we see the workman still removing the fraternity symbols, but now they are in the correct order, "Delta Tau Chi," and he is removing the "Tau" again, but removing it from the center.

Charles Austin Miller

Continuity mistake: When the Dean is on the phone in the middle of the night, his drunk wife gets her feet tangled in the phone cord, then falls off the bed, pulling the receiver off the hook. In the next shot showing her giggling on the floor, the phone cord is no longer visible.

Continuity mistake: When the "Deathmobile" first appears, it spins around 180° and is parked parallel to the curb in front of the Beauty Bar (just past the grandstand) when Bluto pops out dressed as a pirate. When seen next it's now at a 45° angle facing the grandstand in front of the Fashion Store, but it was never heard or seen moving between shots. (01:39:55)

Continuity mistake: At the end of the parade, Neidermeyer has a rifle in his hand as Flounder approaches him with a seltzer bottle calling his name. Neidermeyer lifts the flap of his pocket to reveal one round for his weapon. He loads it in to the chamber and fires. He then reaches in to his pocket a second time, loads and fires, but the first shot showed only one round in the pocket.

Continuity mistake: While the chaos during the parade scene near the end of the movie is happening, look at the store windows during some of the shots of the people running up and down the streets. Some of the light up signs and other posted items on the windows, appear to be reversed as if the same shots were used several times, just reversed time from time to make it appear that people were running in both directions of the street.


Factual error: At the end of the movie when the riot is taking place, Niedermeyer takes out a bullet and fires upon Flounder from maybe ten feet away and misses - all the bullet does is shatter the seltzer bottle and nothing else. Whether Niedermeyer meant to miss Flounder or not, the bullet would have shattered the bottle with little or no deformation to the bullet itself and would have hit the pedestrian running behind Flounder.

Revealing mistake: When Bluto first watches the sorority girls on his ladder, he moves to the left screen. As he is moving the ladder, the curtain in front moves too. The glass pane is not present, likely to prevent reflection of the camera.


Plot hole: Otter is talking to Babs from a pay phone but it sounds more like Babs was trying to contact Otter (the way the conversation starts) with information about Mandy (before Otter went to the motel). How did Babs contact Otter to talk or how could Otter know to call her suddenly?

Continuity mistake: At the start of the party, the character collecting the coats throws them on the floor in front of the door. Yet when Kent Dorfman and his date enters the house, they are obviously not there, as the door opens easily and they do not have to step over them when they enter.

Factual error: In the scene with the disciplinary meeting, the chalkboard says "Pan-Hellenic Disciplinary Council." National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing body for sororities, not fraternities. Fraternity disciplinary hearings would be handled by either the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), or the school's Office of Student Conduct, in conjunction with the Director of Greek Affairs. Further to this error is that the rest of the chalkboard writing pertains to the meeting being held at that time, and Greg Marmalard calls the meeting of the "Disciplinary Council" to order. (01:01:25)

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Suggested correction: Although correct the National Pan-Hellenic Council wouldn't be involved - it actually represents African American fraternities and sororities.

Andy Benham

Other mistake: When Pinto throws rocks at the mayor's daughter's window, the first two rocks bounce off the window and don't get her attention. The third rock supposedly breaks the window. If you watch closely, you'll see the rock bounce off the window while a glass breaking sound is heard. Likewise, when the mayor's daughter opens the window, it is intact.

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Suggested correction: Watching the movie right now and the window is definitely broken by the stone.

Not only is it broken, when the stone hits the window, you can see the shards of glass fall from it breaking.


Hoover: They confiscated everything, even the stuff we didn't steal!

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Trivia: During the scene where John Belushi is sneaking around, you see him slip and then get back up. The slip was accidental but the film makers left it in the movie.


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Question: Near the end, when Dean Wormer and Mayor DePasto are in the grandstand, officially launching the parade, there is an elderly gentleman in the background (also in the grandstand, about 2 levels up, on the left side of the screen) who is making odd, excited gestures and comical facial expressions. His appearance and odd mannerisms are so striking that he draws my attention away from the dean and the mayor every time that I've seen this film, and that's a lot of times. Surely, director John Landis must have been aware of the gentleman and his antics in the background through multiple takes, so it would seem Landis intended the peculiar distraction. Who was that gentleman, and was there any significance to his appearing in the scene?

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: Sometimes these things get left in because it's simply the best take. (The child covering his ears before the gunshot in "North by Northwest," for example.) It could also be that John Landis cast the extra because he wanted someone with goofy expressions in the crowd. He simply could have told the extras "Ok, be excited that you're at a parade," and that's how this extra did it.

Captain Defenestrator

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