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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?


When shopping with Clark Eddie asks Clark if it was his company that "killed all those people in India". He is referencing the Bhopal disaster, also known as the Union Carbide disaster in which leaks from a Union Carbide pesticide plant escaped into the air. Thousands of people died and many more were sickened. See more »


After Clark gets his Christmas lights to work and they show the power meter going very fast, all the needles are going the wrong way. See more »


Clark: Russ, we checked every bulb, didn't we?
Rusty Griswold: Sure, Dad.
Clark: Hmm... Maybe we ought to just go up there and check...
Rusty Griswold: Oh, woo. Look at the time. I gotta get to bed. I still gotta brush my teeth, feed the hog, still got some homework to do, still got those bills to pay, wash the car...
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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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Hallelujah Chorus
Written by George Frideric Handel
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User Reviews

Oh, what fun it is....
19 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A comedy with laughs is good.

A comedy with feel-good laughs is better.

A comedy like "Christmas Vacation" is great.

When the Griswolds go on vacation, disaster is a certainty. But staying home to celebrate Christmas with some far-flung relatives (who obviously weren't flung far enough) leaves room for not only some top-drawer fun but also time to reflect on family, love, goodwill, belief in one's self....

Who expected so much from Chevy Chase?

After watching "Christmas Vacation", you will.

Nine stars. And when you light up your house this Christmas, make sure there's a nuclear reactor nearby.

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