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

R  |   |  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.

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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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National Lampoon's Vacation  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Both Chevy Chase and James Keach stated in interviews that during the "Dog tied to the bumper" scene, both he and Chevy were legitimately tearing up and that Chevy consistently biting his lips and his shortness of breath were genuine; all because they were trying so hard to contain themselves from laughing. See more »

Goofs

In the postcards opening, just after Christie Brinkley's name fades offscreen, the postcard for the "Mystery Spot" lists its location as "St. Ignance, Michigan." The Mystery Spot is located in St. Ignace, not St. Ignance. See more »

Quotes

Clark: We're from out of town.
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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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