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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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There's No Place Like Home For A Holiday! 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?


The "wheel" is not spinning on the electrical meter after the Christmas lights come on the first time See more »


About midway through Clark's rant, a crewperson's head dips into the bottom left corner of one of the long shots. See more »


Art: [after Clark has flipped out] You're goofy.
Clark: [Still flipped out] Don't piss me off, Art.
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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 »


References Act of Vengeance (1974) See more »


O Come, All Ye Faithful
Performed by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo
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User Reviews

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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