Animal House

Factual error: After trying unsuccessfully to call Katie at the all-night cafe, Boone questions where she could be at six in the morning. The scene occurs during broad daylight. If the time were accurate, this could not be so, since it occurred in November. (01:18:30)

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Suggested correction: Depending weather or not daylight savings time has ended at that point. If it has and the clocks are an hour earlier now, then it would be brighter by 6 a.m. then if they had not yet. There's no sun in the scene so this could explain it as a possibility.

Factual error: Bluto crushes a beer can against his forehead. Steel cans are too strong to crush like that. Aluminium cans weren't introduced until approximately 1965, although the movie was set in 1962. http://www.cancentral.com/brochure/historyTimeline_f.htm. (00:07:55 - 01:20:20)

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Suggested correction: Maybe it's a joke about his thick skull/him being impervious to pain due to his stupidity/drunkenness? We also see him break bottles against his head with similar indifference and abandon.

dizzyd

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 Premium member

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Continuity mistake: When the Fraternity house is being taken down, the Greek letters switch places. (01:06:05 - 01:06:55)

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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?

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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.

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