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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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'Excuse me, I'm looking for directions back to the expressway' See more (160 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)
Frank Pettinger ... Police Officer (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)
 
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)
 
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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Runtime:
98 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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:
Harold Ramis has an uncredited role as an off-camera voice of one of the police officers at Walley World.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Throughout the course of the film, the condition of the Family Truckster changes. Damage to the car will often disappear at one point but reappear in subsequent scenes.See more »
Quotes:
Clark:I don't give a frogs fat ass who went through what. We need money.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Family Truckster (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dancin' 'cross the U.S.A.See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
'Excuse me, I'm looking for directions back to the expressway', 19 February 2011
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

Clark Griswold ignores his family's pleas to go to Hawaii for their summer vacation and opts for the Walley World resort in California instead. His long-suffering wife Ellen wants to fly, but Clark would rather drive and spend time with the kids he hardly ever sees.

Sounds like a simple journey from A to B right? Wrong! The Griswolds are a gene pool of absolute disaster and nothing...NOTHING goes right...ever. The fun begins with Clark being forced to accept a disgusting metallic pea-green family truckster instead of a cool-blue sports model with CB and optional fun pack. It's literally the most hideous car in the history of automobiles (and that includes the car that Homer Simpson made for his brother Herb).

As the lengthy days on the road pass, Clark is ripped-off by street hustlers, guilt-tripped out of $500 from his hick cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid in what is, begrudgingly, his most popular role), ripped-off by a hick sheriff/mechanic, and tempted by gorgeous blonde in a Ferrari. Though Ellen doesn't take kindly to anyone with an eye on her Sparky (actually D'Angelo's pet name for Chevy Chase and not something that was scripted).

Based on John Hughes' ill-fated trip to Disneyworld when he was five-years-old, Vacation brought us Chevy Chase's most famous character (sorry Fletch) and most successful series. He has absolutely perfect chemistry with Beverly D'Angelo, who, with her large eyeballs and perfect timing, is an under-rated comic actress in her own right.

While I absolutely love the first and third movies in the Vacation series, and both definitely score 10/10, I have to say the original is the best as it has a really dark edge that none of the others have. There's virtually nothing in Vacation that isn't funny. Harold Ramis, fresh off the absolute anarchy of Caddyshack, keeps a tight, sadistic reign on the disastrous road trip. If you have a dark sense of humor and enjoy evil comedy then you'll love Vacation. It was one of the first movies I ever saw and it helped turn me into the misanthropic, dysfunctional, ghoulish misfit that I am today.

Thank you, Vacation! Thank you!

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