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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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This holiday's no picnic. See more »

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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,455,230 (USA)
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Trivia

The name for a gigantic steak at restaurant Paul Bunyon's Cupboard was "The Old '96'er". See more »

Goofs

The lampshade on the lamp-gun that Chet shoots the bear with, near the end of the movie, suddenly disappears right before it is shot. See more »

Quotes

Kate Craig: [during a big row] Roman, why don't we just get out of here, come on honey. Come on girls, let's go!
Roman: Good idea.
[they go upstairs]
Chet: Well, it's the first good idea you've had since you've been here. And by the way, don't steal any of our stuff.
Kate Craig: Ha ha, what stuff is there to steal?
Connie Ripley: We got stuff!
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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 Parenthood (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Yakety Yak
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by The Coasters
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Aykroyd and Candy: a great combo
13 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Great Outdoors" is what anyone would expect of a John Candy movie: completely goofy, but funny nonetheless. He plays Chet Ripley, taking his family on vacation in the wilderness. Unfortunately, Chet's unpleasant brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) is also there, and he just has to make everything miserable for Chet. In some ways, this movie seems to be rehashing "Summer Rental", but with a different tone. My favorite parts were the raccoons, the bear, and The Old '96er (I don't recommend that scene for squeamish people). All in all, it just goes to show what the world lost when John Candy died. He was really great.

P.S.: Annette Bening, in her debut, plays Roman's wife Kate.


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