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Christmas Vacation (1989)

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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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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There's No Place Like Home For A Holiday! See more »

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1 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$71,320,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The old Dodge pickup that tailgates Clark and the family in the opening scenes of the movie was previously used as Kurt Russell's work truck in the movie Overboard (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Ellen cuts a head of cabbage in half after her mother asks her if she's smoking again, the sound of the knife hitting the cutting board is heard before the knife touches the cabbage. See more »

Quotes

Ellen: [sees Clark standing up and looking out the window] Aren't you having any breakfast?
Clark: I'm not in the mood.
Ellen: What are you looking at?
Clark: Oh, the silent majesty of a winter's morn; the clean, cool chill of the holiday air; and an asshole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Vegas Vacation (1997) See more »

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Hallelujah Chorus
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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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