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Actor Allusion: Stephen Furst (Flounder) transfers to the University of Kansas and survives a nuclear apocalypse. It's unknown whether or not his former pledges survived.
Career Resurrection: For Elmer Bernstein, whose career was mostly spent scoring TV shows in the 1970's (a far cry from and The Ten Commandments ). His work on the film later made him a go-to composer for many popular comedies (such as The Magnificent Seven , Airplane! and Stripes ) and he became John Landis's Ghostbusters Associated Composer.
In fact, Landis actually knew Bernstein when he was a kid, and had actually gone to school with his son, Peter.
Hey, It's That Guy! : D-Day is played by veteran character actor Bruce McGill. Flounder is Stephen Furst, later a regular on and St. Elsewhere . Tom Hulce (Pinto) would go on to an Academy Award nomination for the title role in Babylon 5 , and later voiced and sang the title role in Amadeus . Tim Matheson played Otter, and is pretty recognizable now as The Hunchback of Notre Dame Vice President Hoynes and "Dead" Larry Sizemore. Also, Mark Metcalf, who played Niedermeyer, did his yelling schtick in the beginning of Twisted Sister's famous " I Wanna Rock" video, and later, albeit under heavy makeup played Kool-Aid Mouth The Master. And the same actress who played Mrs. Wormer was also the Virgin Mary.
Throw It In: When Bluto is sneaking around the campus at night and slips, rolls around and casually stands back up, that was an actual slip-up by Belushi from the very wet grass on the location. The director thought it was the funniest take and used it.