TRADING PLACES
1983, Paramount, 118 min, USA, Dir: John Landis

Eddie Murphy proved that his debut performance in 48 HOURS was no fluke with this follow-up comedy hit. Murphy plays a street hustler, and Landis regular Dan Aykroyd is a stockbroker; both men's lives are turned upside down when wealthy brothers Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy decide to figure out whether nature matters more than nurture and manipulate the opposites into exchanging lives. Filled with quotable dialogue and expertly crafted by John Landis, it includes a plethora of winning supporting performances from Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott, Paul Gleason and Jim Belushi (as, in a nod to Landis' debut film SCHLOCK, a guy in a gorilla suit!).


THE BLUES BROTHERS
1980, Universal, 132 min, USA, Dir: John Landis

“Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ keep those doggies rollin’ … RAWHIDE!!” Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) go on a cross-country “mission from God” that leaves a mighty trail of destruction in their wake and some unforgettable musical numbers courtesy of the great Ray Charles, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Director John Landis’ wildly funny (and over-the-top) film created a genre all its own: the apocalyptic-musical-comedy-road movie.


NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE
1978, Universal, 109 min, USA, Dir: John Landis

"We can do anything we want. We're college students!" John Landis’ third picture as a director was a huge hit and furnished the blueprint for countless subsequent teen comedies. Set in 1962, the college Delta House fraternity will take any rowdy, rough-housing misfit who applies (prime evidence is Bluto, played by John Belushi in his breakout movie role), and this does not sit well with Dean Wormer (John Vernon). The Dean enlists the rival, uptight, straight-arrow fraternity of bluebloods to help get the Delta boys off-campus for good, and a full-scale war erupts. With Tom Hulce (AMADEUS), Verna Bloom, Peter Riegert, Karen Allen, Tim Matheson.


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