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The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | | Comedy | 17 June 1988 (USA)
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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Nostalgic about the good old days in the honeymoon cabin, the patriarch Chet and the Ripley family set off to the idyllic woods of Wisconsin for the summer vacation. However, their plans for a peaceful family bonding in the heart of the untamed nature will be thwarted, when the high-rolling brother-in-law Roman and the snotty Craig family decide to crash the party. Eventually, as the two families try to have a good time together, a seemingly endless series of misfortunes and mini-disasters with thirsty leeches, cunning racoons and a mythical wild bear, threaten to ruin the vacation. What will it take to salvage the weekend? Written by Nick Riganas

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,455,230
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One of two 1988 cinema movie produced screenplays of John Hughes which debuted in that year. The pictures are The Great Outdoors (1988) and She's Having a Baby (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Chet starts to waterski Ben yells out, "Dad, let go of the rope!" Before he says that you can tell by the people in the background that the scene is being sped up. See more »

Quotes

Chet: Bear... bear... Big Bear... big bear chase meeeeeeee...!
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Most of the end credits play over a montage of the cast dancing in Wally's bar. See more »

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Paul Bunyan Love
Written by Les Kangas
Performed by Tex Ritter
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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One of my 80's favorites
10 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

As a child of the eighties, its hard not to view this film thru the lens of nostalgia. John Candy is hilarious as the simple but decent family guy who wishes to take his family on a vacation to the great outdoors. His plans are rudely disrupted by his boorish brother in law, who crashes the family event and manages to disrupt all of Candy's plans. While there's nothing particularly stunning or insightful here, its fun and reminds me of days gone by. Although seen thru the eye of comedians, many of us can remember "disastrous" family vacations like this, with relatives that we sometimes couldn't stand and plans gone awry, but still forming some of our most fond memories. It is also somewhat bittersweet for me, as most of the beautiful and rustic locales in the film have disappeared during the intervening years, a loss I hadn't even noticed or thought about until I watched the film again. The film is very family friendly and, if you haven't seen it, definitely worth a viewing.


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