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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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User Reviews:
How To Make A Timeless, Original, Hysterical, Satirical Comedy. See more (156 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 .... 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Daisy Mabel (Cousin Eddie's tongueless daughter) was played by director Harold Ramis' daughter, Violet Ramis.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Right after Eddie tells Clark that Daisy Mabel was born without a tongue, we can hear Clark say, "Oh," and then laugh. However, Clark does not appear to be laughing, or even smiling.See more »
Quotes:
Cousin Eddie:How do you like yours, Clark?
Clark:Oh, medium rare, a little pink inside.
Cousin Eddie:No, I mean your bun.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Blitzkrieg BopSee more »

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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
How To Make A Timeless, Original, Hysterical, Satirical Comedy., 17 January 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.

Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold, the typical American businessman. Well, almost a basic businessman. He works in food preservatives. Beverly D'Angelo plays his wife, Anthony Michael Hall plays Rusty, his teenage son, and Dana Barron plays his daughter Audrey . This summer, Clark has decided to go all out and take a vacation with his family to "Walley World," a theme park spoof on Disney World, owned by "Roy Walley".

Basically, this film starts out strong and ends strong. There are many gut grabbing scenes, and the film never resorts to gross out humor. The biggest gross out is when Clark bites into a sandwich a dog leaked on, but that's a different story.

Along the way to Walley World, everything and everything that can go wrong does, and Clark ends up with Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca), who adds more fun to this wallop of a comedy.

The laughter just escalates more and more as we see Clark's dreams flush down the toilet farther and farther, and I can't tell you how much I laughed at some of the scenes.

"Vacation" isn't typical National Lampoon fare.

Chevy Chase gives by far his best performance (akthough he acts just as well in "Christmas Vacation") as Clark, a real optimist, go get'm kind of guy, who completely snaps toward the end of the film. The rest of the cast does well, and Beverly D'Angelo does surprisingly well as a house wife. The two children, Audrey and Rusy, squawk at each other, but not to the point of obnoxious, which is another good thing about this film.

Is it no surprise that John Hughes, the king writer/director of the 80's comedy films wrote this, or that Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Striped, Analyze This) directed the film?

With cameos by the likes of John Candy, Eugene Levy, Brian Doyle Murray (who played Clark's boss in "Christmas Vacation"), and more, "Vacation" is a comedic triumph of the eighties that is now an icon of how to make a good comedy.

4.5/5 stars --

John Ulmer

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