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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Family | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Flynn ...
Cody Burger ...
Ellen Latzen ...
Ruby Sue (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)


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 »


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

1 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Christmas Vacation  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)


$71,320,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


According to an article on the making of Home Alone (1990) in Chicago Magazine, Chris Columbus states that he was the original director of this movie. Although he filmed some second-unit establishing shots (which he claims are still in the finished film), he left after two meetings with Chevy Chase and told writer/producer John Hughes, "There's no way I can do this movie. I know I need to work, but I can't do it with this guy." He was sent the script to Home Alone in its place. See more »


When Ellen and Clark are outside alone trying to light the Santa, a "wet-barrel" fire hydrant that cannot possibly be used in Chicago, IL due to freezing is visible. This type of fire hydrant is found in Southern California where there is no chance of freezing. See more »


Clark: [Clark looks down at the jello and sees that it's trimmed with cat food] Aunt Bethany, does your cat eat jello?
Eddie: I don't know about the cat, but *I* sure am enjoying 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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I cried from laughter!
26 November 1999 | by (chandler, az) – See all my reviews

Since the holidays are approaching, I feel I should comment on this Christmas classic. Chevy Chase is hilarious once again as Clark, and this is the funniest Vacation next to the original when they go to Wally World. Some of the funniest lines too: "Gonna burn some dust here, eat my rubber." "It is a bit nipply out, I mean nippy out!". A Christmas movie to own , and if you don't, worthy of a rent at the holidays. Randy Quaid has some great moments as Eddie, and don't miss Chase's run down the hill in the sled!

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