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National Lampoon's Vacation -- Chevy Chase mans the wheel and convinces his all-American family that the way to really enjoy their holiday is to hit the road west for Wally World.


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John Hughes (screenplay)
John Hughes (short story "Vacation '58")
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Release Date:
29 July 1983 (USA) See more »
Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.
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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  (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)
Frank Pettinger ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Don Pulford ... Pedestrian with Grocery Bags (uncredited)

Harold Ramis ... Car salesman (voice) (uncredited)
Violet Ramis ... Daisy Mabel (uncredited)
Lorenzo Salviati ... Bar Piano Player (uncredited)

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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Vacation" - USA (original title)
"American Vacation" - Europe (English title) (video title)
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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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:TV-14 (TV-Rating) | USA:R (certificate number 27018) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.See more »
Continuity: If the rides were running, then someone would be operating them, but the Griswalds and the guards were the only ones in the park.See more »
Aunt Edna:Clark, Dinkums needs a long walk and a bath.
Clark:Rusty take care of Dinkums.
Rusty:Dad he bites.
Clark:Bite him back.
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He's So DullSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious Road Movie, 12 January 2015
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Illinois, Chicago, the suburban Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) decides to travel on vacation with his wife Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo) and their son Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) and their daughter Audrey (Dana Barron) driving his new station wagon to the Walley World theme park in California. Ellen and the children suggest that they fly to the destination, but the stubborn Clark wants to spend more time with his family and say no to the proposed airplane travel.

The Griswold family has many problems along their journey and they visit Ellen's cousin Catherine (Miriam Flynn), her useless husband Eddie (Randy Quaid) and their children. When they leave the place, they are forced to give a ride to the inconvenient Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) and her hateful dog. Soon Clark learns that his planned journey has become a trip from hell.

"Vacation" is a hilarious road movie that makes anyone laughs. The clumsy Clark Griswold provokes very funny situations with his attitudes, supported by his beautiful wife. Unfortunately this type of naive comedy is forgotten by the studios on the present days. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Férias Frustradas" ("Frustrated Vacation")

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