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Vegas Vacation (1997)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  14 February 1997 (USA)
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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.



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  »

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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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 National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). See more »


When Clark is shooting craps and he gets a 7 on the Come Out Roll, the Base Dealer nearest to Clark calls the number. That is the job of the stickperson. The Base Dealer near Clark is not even supposed to be looking at the other end of the table when the dice are thrown. See more »


Cousin Eddie: Come on, Clark, the night is young... they're giving away free hot sandwiches at the blood bank.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are played over Clark driving home from work, happily singing along to a Beach Boys tune, driving very carelessly. See more »


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Not the brightest of Vacations
7 October 2014 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

I'm glad we got to see one more of these Vacation films. I admit, I am a big fan of them, only this time it's a saggy one, where too many gags misfire on the account of them not riding on much, or being really feeble or just unfunny bits, where I dare say, lazy writing was involved. Clark now looks older and again, his kids are replaced by two more actors, the daughter, a really cute Audrey. This time they're off to Vegas, and you know what that means, if you know Clark. We're reunited with cousin Eddy, (Quaid) who provides some relief in the laughter department (almost every scene of his is funny) and too, Wayne Newton, is making the moves on Ellen. Would you believe too, Christie Brinkley returns as that hottie in a sports car + baby. Rusty ends up working as a mobster, while Audrey's introduced to cage dancing. When Clark, turned around his misfortune at the end, picketing that raffle tickle off the floor, after that old codger bought, had me rolling my eyes. This Vacation was sloppy, where as I said, too many gags misfire, where may'be this Vacation came too late. It was just weak on the whole, and I mean it's city of preference, Vegas. I'm with the kid's despondent looks. The return of that original track, Holiday Road, didn't sit well either, with the Griswald's trip to the Hoover Dam. They should of done an Aussie Vaction. Just think of all the damage Clark would of done there.

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