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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
"Christmas Vacation" (original title)

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

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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$71,320,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When the police storm into the house, Ellen jokingly tells them this is the family's first kidnapping, which is actually wrong. In National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Clark kidnaps the security guard at Walley World and forces him to take the family on the rides. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mr. Frank Shirley: Remember how I was toying with the idea of suspending the Christmas bonuses?
Mrs. Helen Shirley: You *didn't*! Well, of all the cheap lousy ways to save a buck!
SWAT Commander: That's pretty low, mister! If I had a rubber hose, I would beat you...
Mr. Frank Shirley: I changed my mind. I'm reinstating all the bonuses.
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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

Spoofs White Christmas (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
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Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Music by John Stafford Smith
Performed by the Griswolds
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I cried from laughter!
26 November 1999 | by (chandler, az) – See all my reviews

Since the holidays are approaching, I feel I should comment on this Christmas classic. Chevy Chase is hilarious once again as Clark, and this is the funniest Vacation next to the original when they go to Wally World. Some of the funniest lines too: "Gonna burn some dust here, eat my rubber." "It is a bit nipply out, I mean nippy out!". A Christmas movie to own , and if you don't, worthy of a rent at the holidays. Randy Quaid has some great moments as Eddie, and don't miss Chase's run down the hill in the sled!


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