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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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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,837,927, 16 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,429,528, 1 June 1997
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Trivia

The first film that Ethan Embry (Rusty) and Marisol Nichols (Audrey) appeared in together. They were also in Can't Hardly Wait (1998). See more »

Goofs

The family drives from their hotel, the Mirage on Las Vegas Blvd., to Cousin Eddie's trailer in Jean, which is south of Las Vegas, yet some of the shots of the family supposedly driving to Jean show the road that goes through Red Rock Canyon. You would not drive through Red Rock Canyon to get to Jean; Jean is directly south of Las Vegas, and one would simply drive south on Las Vegas Blvd. to get there. Furthermore, the drive seems to alternate between shots of Red Rock Canyon, and the actual Las Vegas Blvd. path that leads to Jean. Red Rock is west of Las Vegas proper, and one would have to go far out of their way to drive down this path. (On an unrelated note, during the "Hey, Girl" scene with Audrey in the back of the truck with Vickie, they are heading north on Las Vegas Blvd. towards The Strip; THIS is the road someone would use going between Jean and The Strip.) See more »

Quotes

Cousin Vicki: [Lounging by a pool with Audrey, looking at hunky guys] These boys ain't much to talk to, but if you need a night away from your cat, they're more than fine.
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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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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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I'm here to bring you the middle ground
19 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Okay--You've probably seen reviews on here that say, "Vegas is the best Vacation ever!", and then "Vegas is the worst Vacation ever!". Now, that doesn't help a person who hasn't seen the movie for himself yet. Here's the middle ground:

This isn't as good as the first--sequels rarely are. There isn't as much humor potential as in "Christmas Vacation", either. But for god sakes, people, this is MUCH better than the "European Vacation" movie, which has misfire gags left and right (you can check out my review on THAT by clicking on "mdnrules").

Vegas Vacation has as much "Cousin Eddie" humor as in the Christmas Vacation movie which seems to make up for the "diaster" humor Vegas is lacking. This movie seems to have the happiest ending of all of them.

Based on many opinions, here is the order of the Vacations, starting with the best and ending with the worst:

1. a tie between "Vacation" and "Christmas Vacation" 2. Vegas Vacation being a fair third, and 3. European Vacation being a very distant fourth.

Hope this helps, all.


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