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Vegas Vacation (1997)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Las Vegas Vacation  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clark's line, "It's all part of the act Rusty," is a reference to the Dodge City bar scene in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). See more »


In the very beginning of the movie (over the opening credits), a Chicago radio station is heard playing while Clark is driving home. The call letters are KLITE(pronounced on the radio as K-Light). There never was a Chicago radio station with those call letters. In fact, radio stations east of the Mississippi river start with "W". West of the Mississippi they start with "K". See more »


Aki: Did you come to Las Vegas to be a showgirl?
Audrey Griswold: No. I'm on vacation with my parents.
Cousin Vicki: [rowdy] Hard to believe we're related, right?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits list Sid Caesar's character as the generic title of "old man", even though the character is given a proper name, Mr. Ellis, in the film. See more »


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


Good Vibrations
Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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User Reviews

What's not to like? This movie is a classic like the first.
9 August 2004 | by (Amarillo, Texas) – See all my reviews

I've read many comments about the Vacation movies. Most people give the original "Vacation" high marks, but trash the others. I think a lot of people just like to be pick on Chevy Chase. "Vacation" is the best, but I liked the sequels and "Vegas Vacation" is my favorite of them. My kids just love to watch "Vegas Vacation". You can't pop in the DVD expecting to watch a movie that will be thought provoking or life altering. It was made to make people laugh and it accomplishes that very well. Chevy Chase and cast are very funny in this movie. The Wayne Newton bit was great. I love going to Vegas, and I love this movie. When my wife and I fly to Vegas, we always kid about going to the bathroom to join "the club" like Clark and Ellen. Numerous other things remind us of the movie when we are in Vegas, and it has made those trips even more enjoyable. Just wish Chevy would do another "Vacation" movie.

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