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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The man giving bad directions in downtown St. Louis says the ironic line, "You don't wanna know from me man, this ain't even my neighborhood. I'm from the west side of Chicago, here on vacation." The Griswolds are also from the west side of Chicago, (here) on vacation. See more »

Goofs

Clark and the Motorcycle Cop are talking in close-up at the rear of the vehicle. A movie light is clearly visible reflecting off the cop's helmet as the sun is shining in a different place on the helmet. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Griswold: This is so dangerous, Clark. We have no business being in this neighborhood.
Clark: Oh I don't know, hun. It gives us a chance to see a part of America we don't get to see.
Ellen Griswold: That's a GOOD thing!
Clark: Not it's not. We can't just ignore the plight of the inner cities. See the plight kids?
[gun shots and a scream are heard]
Clark: Roll em' up!
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in Johnson Family Vacation (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancin' 'cross the U.S.A.
Written and Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
Produced by Richard Dashut
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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The Funniest Family movie I've ever seen
9 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK so I guess you can't really call it a family movie because it's rated R. But that family movie presence is still there.

Anyway, what can I say about National Lampoons Vacation. It's probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. If you don't even laugh at ONE of the jokes, you're not human. I'll admit, there is some crude humor but most of it should, at the very least, make you chuckle. Chevy Chase is outstanding and is probably the funniest character in the movie.

It may be a bit old but it's a classic and I enjoy watching it.

10/10


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