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Director:
Writers:
John Hughes (screenplay)
John Hughes (short story "Vacation '58")
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Release Date:
29 July 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.
Plot:
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Without a doubt, Chevy Chase's best work! See more (158 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chevy Chase ... Clark Griswold

Beverly D'Angelo ... Ellen Griswold

Imogene Coca ... Aunt Edna

Randy Quaid ... Cousin Eddie

Anthony Michael Hall ... Rusty Griswold

Dana Barron ... Audrey Griswold

Eddie Bracken ... Roy Walley

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Kamp Komfort Clerk
Miriam Flynn ... Cousin Catherine

James Keach ... Motorcycle Cop

Eugene Levy ... Car Salesman

Frank McRae ... Grover

John Candy ... Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld

Christie Brinkley ... The Girl in the Ferrari

Jane Krakowski ... Cousin Vicki
John P. Navin Jr. ... Cousin Dale (as John Navin)
Nathan Cook ... Man Giving Directions
Christopher Jackson ... Pimp

Mickey Jones ... Mechanic

John Diehl ... Assistant Mechanic
Jeannie Dimter Barton ... Dodge City Cashier

Randy Lowell ... Wyatt Earp (as Randolph Dreyfuss)
Virgil Wyaco II ... Indian
Gerry Black ... Davenport

James Staley ... Motel Desk Clerk
Adelaide Wilder ... Car Hop
Tessa Richarde ... Motel Guest
Fritz Ford ... Neighbor

Eric Stacey ... Neighbor
Scott Perry ... Swat Leader
Dennis Freeman ... Policeman

Michael Talbott ... Cowboy
John Craigmile ... Camel Rider
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Popeye the Dog ... Dinky (uncredited)

Henry Gibson ... Hotel clerk (uncredited)

Harold Ramis ... Car salesman (voice) (uncredited)
Violet Ramis ... Daisy Mabel (uncredited)
Lorenzo Salviati ... Bar Piano Player (uncredited)
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Directed by
Harold Ramis 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Hughes  screenplay
John Hughes  short story "Vacation '58"

Produced by
Robert Grand .... associate producer
Matty Simmons .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ralph Burns 
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring  (as Pem Herring)
 
Casting by
Susan Arnold 
Phyllis Huffman 
 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis  (as Jack Collis)
 
Set Decoration by
Joe D. Mitchell  (as Joe Mitchell)
 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Adele Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Grand .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Barth .... second unit director
Ross Brown .... second assistant director
Robert P. Cohen .... second assistant director
Bradley M. Gross .... first assistant director: second unit (as Brad Gross)
Dick Ziker .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Richard J. Bayard .... construction coordinator (as Dick Bayard)
Karen Lee Holley .... leadwoman (as Karen Holley)
Robert J. Lattanzio .... paint foreman (as Bob Lattanzio)
Sonny Van Hecke .... assistant property master
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. .... property master (as Robert Visciglia Sr.)
Ron Frazier .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound effects mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Bub Asman .... sound editor
Martin Raymond Bolger .... sound mixer (as Marty Bolger)
Les Fresholtz .... dialogue mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... sound editor (as Bob G. Henderson)
Tom Mar .... cable person
Alan Robert Murray .... sound editor
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke E. Henderson)
Hal Whitby .... boom operator
Caryl Wickman .... dialogue editor
 
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist: DQI
Eric Guaglione .... matte photography: DQI (uncredited)
Kathleen Quaife-Hodge .... special effects animator (uncredited)
Hoyt Yeatman .... matte photographer: DQI (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunts (as Pam Bebermeyer)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Cheré Bryson .... stunts (as Chere Bryson)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Bill Burton)
Jim Connors .... stunts
Mike De Luna .... stunts (as Michael Deluna)
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Tony Epper .... stunts
Fritz Ford .... stunts (as Fritz Apking)
Hugh Hooker .... stunts
Don Pulford .... stunts
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Kenny Studer .... stunts
Jules Sylvester .... stunts (as Julian Richard Sylvester)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts
John M. Woodward .... stunts (as John Woodward)
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Salvatore Bognanni .... clapper loader: action unit
Earl L. Clark .... assistant camera (as Earl Clark)
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
Rhio Haessig .... best boy electric
Kevin Jewison .... second assistant camera
Robin P. Knight .... second grip (as Robin Knight)
John Margolies .... still photographer: main titles
Elliott Marks .... still photographer (as Elliot Marks)
Patrick Marshall .... rigging gaffer (as Pat Marshall)
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip (as Gaylin Schultz)
Bernie Schwartz .... dolly grip
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Paul Vombrack .... director of photography: second unit (as Paul Vom Brack)
 
Casting Department
Jo Doster .... location casting
Olivia Maggard .... location casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumer: men
Barbara Siebert .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Tim Board .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Eugene Marks .... music editor
Arthur Piantadosi .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
John M. Woodward .... transportation coordinator (as John Woodward)
 
Other crew
Trevor Albert .... production associate
Carol Bahoric .... assistant: Matty Simmons
Bill Borden .... location manager: Colorado/Arizona
Jayni Chase .... location secretary
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Alan Greedy .... script supervisor
Tom Massmann .... production assistant
Karin McElhatton .... animal trainer (as Karen Dew)
Amy McElhenney .... production secretary
Sam Mercer .... location manager
Al Sand .... caterer
Jules Sylvester .... animal trainer (as Julian Richard Sylvester)
Carin I. Gronhagen .... asst. production accountant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vacation" - USA (original title)
"American Vacation" - Europe (English title) (video title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-7 (2006) (DVD) | Finland:S (1983) | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate number 27018) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
Imogene Coca played Aunt Edna in this film and her long-time comic partner, Sid Caesar, played Mr. Ellis in Vegas Vacation (1997). Both of the characters die of old age in each film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As the Family Truckster barrels through an intersection with everyone inside supposedly asleep, you can see the driver sitting up straight.See more »
Quotes:
Ellen Griswold:[leaving the house] I turned off the water, the stove, the heat and the air, locked the door, notified the police, stopped the papers. I called to get the grass cut. Did I put the timers on the living-room lights?See more »
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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Without a doubt, Chevy Chase's best work!, 13 August 2005
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

"Vacation", what a hysterical laugh out loud till you hurt movie! I was watching the wonderful "I love the 80's" on VH1, and they showed this movie. I remember watching it when I was younger, but I didn't get much of it obviously. So, I watched it again, because it looked more appealing than it did when I was a kid.

God, I never laughed so hard in my life. Chevy Chase, Clark Griswald decides that he is not spending enough time with the kids, so he has planned a cross road trip with the family to see their favorite cartoon character theme park "Marty Moose!" and "Wally World!". Back on the old holiday road, it's not going to be easy. Visiting their hick cousin, Eddie and his scary hillbilly family and putting their grumpy old aunt on the trip with the Griswalds. Clark has a mysterious but extremely sexy girl, Christie Brinkly, following him around in a red hot Ferrari. Their car is constantly getting into accidents and dents on the way to California. Finally, after to the point of madness, Clark will kill every person if he has to to get to Wally World.

If you loved "Vacation", I highly recommend "Christmas Vacation" as well. I think the reason why we all love this movie is because we can relate in some way. How many of us go on vacation and nothing goes perfect? I loved the ending of this movie so much! I won't give it away, but trust me that it is that good. If you've seen it, I'm sure you will agree that this is a must see comedy.

10/10-highly deserved!

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