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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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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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The wildlife is wild, but his brother-in-law in unbearable. See more »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,455,230 (USA)
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Trivia

First and only ever shared top-billed name-above-the-title star teaming of actors Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. The pair had both previously appeared in 1941 (1979) and The Blues Brothers (1980) as well as both later also appearing in Nothing But Trouble (1991) among a few other titles. See more »

Goofs

Buck is shown at the carnival in a steady downpour of rain, although neither he nor any of the people are wet. See more »

Quotes

Wally: [Upon checkin at the cabin, the Ripleys are greeted by a snarling, barking dog whose face is filled with porcupine quills] Don't mind Wormer folks, she hates people.
[Dog still barking and snarling]
Wally: Wormer, shut the frig up! What can I do ya for?
Buck Ripley: What happened to that dog's, uh, dog's face?
Wally: Porcupine quills. Hates people, loves porcupines. She's in heat too. Too bad you're not a dog. What can I do ya for?
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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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References The Yogi Bear Show (1961) See more »

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Land of a Thousand Dances
Written by Chris Kenner and Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
Performed by Wilson Pickett
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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