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Christmas Vacation (1989)

 -  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

In the scene when the police storm into the Griswolds' house, the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" sung by Gene Autry is used for the background music. Randy Quaid (cousin Eddie) is the third cousin of Gene Autry. See more »

Goofs

When Clark falls and grabs the gutter, you can see in the gutter Clark grabs has is no snow/ice in it, and that the gutter that Clark is holding onto is broken. Then it cuts to the ladder, the cuts back to Clark holding the gutter, but the gutter isn't broken anymore, and has snow/ice in it. See more »

Quotes

Clark: I dedicate this house to the Griswold Family Christmas.
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"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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A Classic Christmas Comedy
22 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christmas Vacation is one of the best Christmas comedies that I have seen. Now that it has been 20 years since it was released, I think it is safe to say it has attained classic status.

Christmas Vacation follows the Griswald family dealing with Christmas. Unlike the other vacation films the Griswalds don't travel anywhere. They have Christmas right at home. However just because they don't travel doesn't mean that it isn't a funny movie.

The film is about Clark Griswald (played by Chevy Chase who does his role perfectly) trying to create the perfect Christmas for his family. However much like the other films things constantly go wrong or don't succeed. As the film goes on the mishaps become worse and funnier by the second.

Christmas Vacation is a hilarious film that will have you laughing constantly. It is possibly the best of the Vacation films and is well worth watching.


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