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The Great Outdoors (1988)

 -  Comedy  -  17 June 1988 (USA)
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A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

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Big-hearted Chicago family man Chet has brought his family to a lakeside resort area, and although his wife and kids aren't quite as excited as he is, Chet has high hopes for the vacation. However, his optimism is sabotaged when his obnoxious brother-in-law Roman drops in unexpectedly, along with his snooty, strange family. Chet and his family try to stay open-minded, but they find it difficult to relax and enjoy themselves because of the constant annoyance of Roman's presence. Written by William Agee <wa0521@broncho.ucok.edu>

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A week in the woods with Roman and Chet: This is no holiday...this is war! See more »

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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$41,455,230 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie's two lead stars, Dan Aykroyd and John Candy, were both alumni from two different live comedy television shows, Saturday Night Live (1975) and SCTV (1976) respectively. See more »

Goofs

Roman tells Chet that when he lost everything, he had to surrender his seat on 'the exchange', and that he now wears a blue runner's jacket at work, and fetches coffee. Regardless of which exchange he is referring to (CME or CBOT), runners' jackets are 'gold' (Orange), not blue. See more »

Quotes

Chet: If you meet any friends, bring them back and we'll give them a ride in "Suck My Wake."
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Crazy Credits

Subtitled conversation between two raccoons -- Raccoon #1: "Why's Jody sitting in the lake?" Raccoon #2: "You didn't hear? She got shot in the ass!" Raccoon #1: "Oh no! Don't tell me..." Raccoon #2: "Yup... She's bald on both ends now!" See more »

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Referenced in She's Having a Baby (1988) See more »

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The Twilight Zone
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Dad, isn't it illegal to drive with a bear on the hood of your car?

I don't understand why people don't understand this movie. John Candy's a laid-back middle-classer. Dan Akyroyd's a suave, rich debonar. Somehow these two manage to click together fine. They should have done more movies together, not to mention this tale has cool catch phrases: "Dad, isn't it illegal to drive with a bear on the hood of your car?"


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