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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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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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Comedy

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1 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Christmas Vacation  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,700,000, 3 December 1989

Gross USA:

$71,320,000
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Trivia

Clark emulates horror icons Jason Voorhees (hockey mask) and Leatherface (chainsaw and overhead chainsaw pose) simultaneously when he comes outside to trim the huge tree. See more »

Goofs

When Clark goes to hide Christmas gifts in the attic, he pulls down the attic ladder and it slides down and hits him. The next scene he is seen trying to alert a family member that he is stuck in the attic by "knocking" the attic ladder on itself. One type of attic ladder pulls down then slides to the floor, the other type pulls down then folds out/hinges open to reach the floor. The slide type ladder does not have hinging ladder sections just as a hinging ladder does not have sliding ladder sections. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: Don't forget the rubber sheets and gerbils.
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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 »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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A wonderful comedy and Christmas movie
22 July 2000 | by 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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