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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?


Harold Ramis has an uncredited role as an off-camera voice of one of the police officers at Walley World. See more »


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 »


Ellen Griswald: We're not really violent people. This is our first gun.
Clark Griswald: No, it isn't.
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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 »


Referenced in Supernatural: Point of No Return (2010) See more »


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 (Hamburg, Germany) – 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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