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Vegas Vacation (1997)

PG | | Comedy | 14 February 1997 (USA)
In the fourth outing for the vacation franchise, the Griswolds have to survive Vegas fever when they go to Las Vegas for a fun family vacation.

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When Clark Griswold puts his mind to something, we soon realize he hasn't got one. Still, nothing stops him when the vacation bug hits. This time, he's chosen Las Vegas, the new family entertainment capital of America! Chevy Chase returns as bubbly, bumbling Clark in Vegas Vacation, a jokers-are-wild laugh fest including two other stars from past Vacations. Beverly D'Angelo is back as wife Ellen, doting on the guy she calls "Sparky," and Randy Quaid again delights as grubby goof ball Cousin Eddie. Ethan Embry (That Thing You Do!) and screen-debuting Marisol Nichols are Griswold teens who love the round-the-clock nightlife - as long as they don't share it with Mom and Dad! From Seigfried and Roy's extravaganza to a Hoover Dam tour, from cruising to losing (Wallace Shawn as a shifty blackjack dealer) to amorous crooning (Wayne Newton falls for Ellen): watch Clark try to keep family and wallet together! Written by Anonymous

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This time the Griswolds are on a roll.

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Rated PG for sensuality, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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14 February 1997 (USA)  »

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National Lampoon's Las Vegas Vacation  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,837,927 (USA) (14 February 1997)

Gross:

$36,429,528 (USA) (30 May 1997)
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Trivia

One of the guitarists playing on the cover version of All Along the Watchtower in the film is Marc Ferrari. Ferrari was best known for being a guitarist in the 1980s metal band Keel, who scored hits with tracks like "Because the Night" and "The Right to Rock." as well as for playing a Crucial Tault band member in the Wayne's World movies.Ron Keel, vocalist of Ferrari's band Keel, actually resided in Las Vegas for many years. See more »

Goofs

Ellen leaves Wayne's mansion in complete disgust after he offers her a lock of his hair. However in the very next scene, she shows up at the casino wearing a Wayne Newton outfit and can't stop talking about him. See more »

Quotes

Cousin Vicki: Hey, you wanna dance up here?
Audrey Griswold: No, I don't think so.
Cousin Vicki: Audrey, honey, let me tell you something that I've learned. In this world you're either up on the stage in the spotlight, or down in the pit serving drinks. So have some fun.
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Crazy Credits

Sid Caesar's name appears in the opening credits of the film, even though he doesn't appear until the last 15-20 minutes of the movie, and only for one scene. See more »

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Follows National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way You Look Tonight
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern
Performed by Gary Le Mel (as Gary LeMel)
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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Gets the number three spot
14 December 2009 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Well, Clark Griswold has so far botched a road trip, a European vacation and (most memorably) a Christmas vacation; so why does he continue to make his family go through hell on his endless quest for a fun vacation? That's easy; it's pretty enjoyable for us to watch :)

"Vegas Vacation" sits comfortably as the third most enjoyable film in the series; surpassing "European Vacation" but not as enjoyable as "Vacation" or "Christmas Vacation". It's pretty far reaching at times but there are solid moments here; such as Clark damn near destroying a damn and getting crazy (as only Clark Griswold can) playing cards and losing everything.

The Wayne Newton gag soon grows tiresome and everything concerning Audrey and Russ pretty much stinks but Randy Quaid delivers once again as obnoxious Cousin Eddie and Chase hasn't lost his touch as the world's most annoying (yet somehow oddly endearing) family dad.


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