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

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  29 July 1983 (USA)
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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.



(screenplay), (short story "Vacation '58")
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Adventure | Comedy


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Release Date:

29 July 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Vacation  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$61,400,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Anthony Michael Hall, originally it was supposed to be Chevy Chase in the front seat of the roller coaster with John Candy. With the combined size of both men, they couldn't fit, so the changed was made with Rusty being in the front seat instead of Clark. See more »


During the scene where Ellen is praying for Edna's soul, a mike is clearly visible from the bottom of the screen. In fact Audrey stares at it for a moment. See more »


Ellen Griswold: I honestly don't think you're going to find the Grand Canyon on this road.
Clark: Jesus, it's only the biggest damn hole in the world.
Aunt Edna: Clark, watch your language!
Clark: Make that the second biggest.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits the title of the Ramones song "Blitzkrieg Bop" is misspelled as "Blitzkreig Bop" See more »


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How can you not like this movie?
24 April 2004 | by (Sandnes, Norway) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that i loved when i was younger so i really didn't know what to think as i watched it again. But to my surprise it is still charming, funny and sweet. Enter Chevy Chase as the last family guy, just wanting to spend time with his loving family. A hilarious journey from Chicago to California to get to an amusement park. You may think, that shouldn't be a problem, but it is. This is one vacation you will never forget. I have always liked Chevy Chase and if you watch this movie you will know why. The sweet caring family man losing more and more of his mind is nothing less than funny as hell. Maybe you will think twice about taking your family on vacation after watching this movie. I rate this movie 7/10

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