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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 1 December 1989 (USA)
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)  »

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Christmas Vacation  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$71,320,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When Clark is in bed, trying to read People Magazine with sticky fingers from the tree sap, the person shown on the cover of the magazine is Director Jeremiah S. Chechik. See more »

Goofs

The door knocker and wreath are intact after being pulled off by the delivery man. See more »

Quotes

Clark: [the newel post is wobbly so Clark cuts it off with a chain saw] Fixed the newel post.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature a cartoon of Santa delivering the Griswold family's Christmas presents while also getting electrocuted, hit by bricks, falling into the snow and being chased by a rolling snowman head See more »

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Deck the Halls
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Traditional
Performed by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo
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A wonderful comedy and Christmas movie
22 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is probably the best Vacation film to come from the National Lampoon series. There are so many laughs to go around (thanks to writer John Hughes) that it boggles the mind (and it might be the final time Checy Chase brings belly laughs). Here, the Griswalds don't go on a vacation, but instead the family stays in Chicago where there relatives come to town and hell will come too. Randy Quaid makes this film a treat by having just laugh out loud moments on the screen. Great fun for the whole family (I think). A+


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