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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
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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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vacation | arizona | quest | picnic | kansas | See more »

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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

The opening scene at the Chicago car dealership was filmed at Star Ford in Glendale, California. The location is still there (as of 2014) with the same buildings that were in the movie. However, Star Ford moved down the street and the former Star Ford is now Glendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. See more »

Goofs

Tall mountains can be barely seen in the distance when the Griswalds arrive at and drive away from Cousin Eddie and Catherine's house & farm. There are no tall mountains in Kansas (the highest elevation is only over 4,000 feet above sea level in Wallace County, two counties to the North of Hamilton County, where the town of Coolidge is). The mountains visible in the background are in fact the Wet Mountains near Pueblo, Colorado, where the farm used to film Eddie's house was located. See more »

Quotes

Clark: Could I do your back, honey?
Ellen Griswold: I've already done my back.
Clark: Could I do your front?
Ellen Griswold: Go do your own front.
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Holiday Road
Written and Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
Produced by Richard Dashut
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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The Best Vacation Movie Ever!
9 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

"National Lampoon's Vacation" is a funny movie that follows the Griswold family, Clark (Chevy Chase) and his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) along with their children Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) and Audrey (Dana Barron), as they cross country on their station wagon westward from their home in Chicago to Walley World, the Disneyland-like amusement park in California. It took them two weeks to get their and have fun. The film co-stars John Candy (too bad he died), Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Eddie Bracken, Eugene Levy, Christie Brinkley (who plays the girl in the Ferrari here), and the other cast and crew. If you have not seen "National Lampoon's Vacation", I suggest you go rent it at your local video store near you and laugh or see it on television and laugh also. If you'll liked it, buy the video or DVD or tape it from any channels on television on blank tape. I think you will not be disappointed. Hilarious!

I give it a perfect 10/10 stars!


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