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Christmas Vacation (1989)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 »




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Release Date:

1 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)


$71,320,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chevy Chase appears in some scenes wearing a navy blue Chicago Bears ball cap. He wears the same Chicago Bears cap throughout all four Vacation movies. See more »


When the squirrel jumps out of the tree, everyone in the room gets up or reacts in some way. The camera then shows Clark yelling for a second before switching back to the family room. When it goes back, some of the people are in different positions then they were before. This is most noticeable with Uncle Lewis who is now standing, Ellen's father Art (in the blue sweater on the couch) because he stands up in both scenes, and Ellen's mother Frances who drops her monopoly cards twice. See more »


[as an entourage of suits - lead by Clark's boss - passes by single file]
Clark: Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.
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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 »


Featured in The Year Without a Santa Claus (2006) See more »


The Star-Spangled Banner
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Music by John Stafford Smith
Performed by the Griswolds
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User Reviews

Funny, Funny, Funny
24 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the one Christmas movie that I don't anyone can ever get tired of. Chevy Chase returns in the third installment of the Vacation series as Clarke W. Griswold as he tries desperately to maintain his sanity during the holidays with all of his relatives coming to stay under his roof and enduring all the mishaps along the way.

This is the funniest film in the series plain and simple. Chevy Chase has never been better. Christmas Vacation is filled with countless jokes and gags that it's impossible not to laugh.


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