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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

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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Storyline

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

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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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Adventure | Comedy

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Release Date:

29 July 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Vacation  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,333,358, 29 July 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,400,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Wagon Queen Family Truckster is actually a modified Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon. See more »

Goofs

When Clark and Ellen go skinny-dipping in the motel swimming pool, we hear her laughing and shouting when her head is underwater. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Griswold: Clark, I need my vanity case. We've got to go back and look for it. All my credit cards are in it.
Clark: Honey, Number 1: I've already called the bank and told them you lost them. B: there's no way we're going to find it when we don't even know where it fell off. And 3: I've got my credit cards and we've still got plenty of cash. OK?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, you see snapshots of group photos of where and who the Griswalds met on the vacation. The last photo shows you how they got home, on a plane. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hydro Thunder Hurricane (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Boy Sweet
Written by Peter Ivers and Franne Golde
Performed by June Pointer
Courtesy of Planet Records
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Just one word: Awesome!
30 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I have seen this movie many times on TV (the German dubbed version, of course) and I loved it every time...allthough the more often its shown, the more it gets cut on TV.

Now, for the first time (thanks to DVD), I have been able to watch it in its original language. And it was just awesome! The dialogues were even better and the characters were so much better outlined.

I swear that I will never see such a great movie in a dubbed version again!

To any Germans in here: go get it on DVD (even though it is just in Mono) - and delete the video tape if you have recorded it from TV.


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