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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
"Vacation" (original title)

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The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

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The Griswold family are on a quest. A quest to a Walley World theme park for a family vacation, but things aren't going to go exactly as planned, especially when Clark Griswold is losing all thought towards a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari. Written by FilmFanUK

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Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.


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29 July 1983 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Imogene Coca played Aunt Edna in this film and her long-time comic partner, Sid Caesar, played Mr. Ellis in Vegas Vacation (1997). Both of the characters die of old age in each film. See more »

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Quotes

Rusty Griswold: That was a crummy Wyatt Earp dad. He was wearing jogging shoes.
Clark: They used to Rusty.
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Crazy Credits

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Dancin' 'cross the U.S.A.
Written and Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
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Still one of my favorite comedies of all time
2 June 2004 | by (Arizona, USA) – See all my reviews

Maybe it's the part when they visit the white trash relatives (Randy Quaid and his family) and they acquire Aunt Edna for the family trip. Maybe it's the part when Aunt Edna dies and they put her on the top of the old station wagon,, maybe it's the fighting and bickering all kids do when the family goes somewhere,, or maybe it's the part where the Griswolds drive through a cruddy neighborhood and the station wagon gets vandalised and all of the hib caps taken..I cannot think of a "favorite" part of this movie because it is hilarious from start to finish. Clark Griswold's good intentions gone bad makes this a decent, highly watchable movie with non-stop laughs. It's not ridiculous nor highly exaggarated either- just a typical American family trying to get to Wally World in one piece and everything goes wrong. I think we can all relate to something in this movie when it comes to going on vacation. I still watch this movie every time it's on television and I still laugh every time.


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