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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
"Christmas Vacation" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  1 December 1989 (USA)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

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Storyline

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. Written by Rob Hartill

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Yule crack up! See more »

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1 December 1989 (USA)  »

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$71,320,000 (USA)
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Trivia

This movie has three Oscar nominees: Juliette Lewis, Diane Ladd and Randy Quaid. Four Golden Globe nominees: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Johnny Galecki. One time Golden Globe winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus and 5 time Emmy winner: Doris Roberts. See more »

Goofs

When the outside lights first go on and neighbors Margo and Todd are blinded by the light, they stumble and Margo's bare breasts are exposed as she leans forward with her pajama top open. Moments later she is in the same unbuttoned pajama top but now is wearing a black bra. See more »

Quotes

Ellen: Welcome to our home - what's left of it.
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Crazy Credits

"THE END" is lit up in Christmas lights. One of the bulbs pops, making the lit up "THE END" go dark. See more »

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20 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The holidays are the hot time for those who love family to gather, and make merry. For the other 90% of the population it's a hassle, a burden, and frankly a pain in the butt. Without a doubt we've all experienced the "worst Christmas ever" but probably not like the Griswolds. This is without a doubt one of my favorite holiday films because even though family gatherings can be a pain, it's always there to (hilariously) remind me to be grateful.

This is without a doubt one of my favorite Chevy Chase movies, and it puts newer "National Lampoon" titles to shame. If you're a "deadpan comedy" fan and haven't seen this movie you owe it to yourself to wait until it gets cold, start a fire, and pop in this movie.


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