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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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Ben Ripley (as Ian Giatti)
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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 (USA)
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Trivia

The twenty-fifth biggest film at the American box-office for the year of 1987. See more »

Goofs

During the bat scene in the cabin, the painting on the mantle above the fireplace disappears and reappears. 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

Most of the end credits play over a montage of the cast dancing in Wally's bar. See more »

Connections

References The Yogi Bear Show (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Cabin Fever
Written by David Wilcox and Sadia Sadia (as Sadia)
Performed by David Wilcox
Produced by Sadia Sadia (as Sadia)
Courtesy of Capitol Records/EMI of Canada
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Gets by on goodwill from the actors alone
28 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film and liking it as a kid. It was always the 'bald bear' film to me containing as it does a roguish grizzly who plays a central role in the proceedings. Otherwise the format of the film is very simplistic and features a couple of families who decide to go on a vacation together and end up warring.

The script was written by John Hughes and there's a slight sense that he's on autopilot here, with little meat to the storyline. For the most part THE GREAT OUTDOORS gets by on the goodwill generated from the central pairing of Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Candy is a warm, lovable presence as ever, and Aykroyd gets some nicely acerbic moments. The supporting cast, which includes Annette Bening, is a bit more of a disappointment.

A lot of the jokes are merely average but they do pass the time quickly enough. Some of the moments, like the steak eating contest, are hilarious, and the climax is very good too. But in other respects THE GREAT OUTDOORS feels a bit like a poor cousin of the popular 'Vacation' film series featuring Chevy Chase.


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