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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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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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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

John Candy's cameo at the end of the film was only made possible due to the poor reception the original ending produced from test audiences. Harold Ramis turned to Candy, because he found his character Wally Wypyzypychwk, a Canadian security guard, which Candy had created for his stand-up and television appearances, to be just right for the part. Candy basically modeled his performance as Lasky after the nervy security guard character he had been portraying for years. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Rusty Griswold: Hey, ya' got Pac Man?
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He's So Dull
Performed by Vanity 6
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User Reviews

 
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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