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Vegas Vacation -- The Griswold family from National Lampoon's Vacation hit the road again for a typically ill-fated vacation, this time to the glitzy mecca of slots and showgirls, Las Vegas.
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This time the Griswolds are on a roll.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chevy Chase ... Clark Griswold

Beverly D'Angelo ... Ellen Griswold

Randy Quaid ... Cousin Eddie

Ethan Embry ... Rusty Griswold

Marisol Nichols ... Audrey Griswold

Miriam Flynn ... Cousin Catherine

Shae D'lyn ... Cousin Vicki

Wayne Newton ... Wayne Newton
Siegfried Fischbacher ... Himself (as Siegfried)
Roy Horn ... Himself (as Roy)

Wallace Shawn ... Marty

Sid Caesar ... Mr. Ellis

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Limo Driver

Sly Smith ... Mirage Security Guard

Julia Sweeney ... Mirage Reception Person

Corinna Harney ... Girl at Blackjack Table (as Corinna Harney Jones)
Joe Armeno ... Roulette Stickman

Christie Brinkley ... Woman in Ferrari

Juliette Brewer ... Cousin Ruby Sue

Zach Moyes ... Cousin Denny

John Finnegan ... Arty, the Hoover Dam Guide
Seth T. Walker ... Bellman (as Seth Walker)
Howard Platt ... Maitre d'
Elizabeth Illia ... Woman at Concert
Wayne Brown ... Croupier

Maria Cina ... Mirage Cashier
Wendy Kaufman ... Wendy
Joe Lacoco ... Riviera Bartender
David L. Garoutte ... Riviera Security Guard
C.C. Costigan ... Kelli
Peter George ... Marcus
Frank Mendonga ... Kurt
Daniel Steven Lopez ... Kyle

Shannah Laumeister ... Mariah
Aki ... Aki

Bud Ekins ... O'Shea Security Guard

Gary Devaney ... Croupier #2

Jerry Weintraub ... Jilly
Bernie Yuman ... Doc Sandy
Paul Kessler ... Silent Al

S.A. Griffin ... Pit Boss

Lou DiMaggio ... Casino Host
Ruth Gillis ... Saleswoman
Samuel J. Marber ... Painter
Antonio Mitchell ... Larry

Jason Stuart ... Buffet Manager
Nick Mazzola ... War Dealer
James Migliore ... Rock Paper Scissors Dealer
Reno Nichols ... Coin Tosser
Frank Washko Jr. ... Guess Which Hand Dealer
Ken Michelman ... Pick a Number Dealer

Clinton Brandhagen ... Valet

Hayley Mortison ... Girl in Hot Tub
Gene Ellison-Jones ... Mirage Guard at Party
Steve 'Biscuit' Walker ... Bouncer

Rusty Meyers ... Club Manager
Roxy Swaney ... Keno Dealer

Billy Morrissette ... Paramedic #1
Sharon Mendel ... Paramedic #2

Larry Hankin ... Preacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vanessa Bednar ... Hot pool model (uncredited)

Colleen Ann Brah ... Wayne Newton Show Fan (uncredited)
Kira Burt ... Casino Guest (uncredited)

Jeffrey Donovan ... Hotel Employee (uncredited)
Geri Gilmore ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)

Christopher Robin Hood ... Casino Patron (uncredited)

Toby Huss ... Fake I.D. Salesman (uncredited)
Walter Ludwig ... Tourist (uncredited)
Chad Olshavsky ... Tourist (uncredited)

Frank Patton ... Hustler (uncredited)
Bob Pepper ... Jackpot Witness (uncredited)
Jay So ... High Roller (uncredited)
Edward Tubbs ... Slot Player (uncredited)
Chris Velvin ... Dancer / Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Kessler 
Writing credits
Elisa Bell (story) &
Bob Ducsay (story)

Elisa Bell (screenplay)

Produced by
Susan Ekins .... executive producer
Fred Fontana .... associate producer
R.J. Louis .... co-producer
Matty Simmons .... executive producer
Jerry Weintraub .... producer
Original Music by
Joel McNeely 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker 
Film Editing by
Seth Flaum 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Production Design by
David L. Snyder 
Art Direction by
Thomas Valentine  (as Tom Valentine)
Set Decoration by
Chris L. Spellman  (as Chris Spellman)
Costume Design by
Carole Brown-James 
Makeup Department
Audrey Futterman-Stern .... hair stylist (as Audree Futterman)
Philip Goldblat .... makeup artist (as Philip Goldblatt)
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
McKinley Kirby .... makeup artist
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist (as Steve Robinette)
Peggy Semtob .... key hair stylist
Joyce Westmore .... makeup artist
Marvin G. Westmore .... key makeup artist (as Marvin Westmore)
Production Management
R.J. Louis .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan Graf .... second unit director
Jay Guerra .... second second assistant director
Robin R. Oliver .... second assistant director (as Robin Oliver)
Jack Ziga .... first assistant director
Cal Naylor .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Scott M. Anderson .... assistant property master (as Scott Anderson)
Melanie J. Baker .... assistant art director (as Melanie Baker)
Donna Ekins-Kapner .... art department researcher (as Donna Ekins)
Jerry Gadette .... stand-by painter
Pete Gikas .... swing gang (as Peter Gikas)
Jay C. Harris .... construction foreman
Brick Mason .... illustrator
Tim Park .... swing gang
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master
Tim Snowber .... lead man
Deborah Wood .... labor foreman
Joe Wood .... construction coordinator
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Bartnof .... foley artist
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Patricia Conaway Lamberti .... assistant sound editor (as Patricia Conaway)
Donavan Dear .... cable person
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Victor Ray Ennis .... first assistant sound editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor
Craig S. Jaeger .... sound effects editor (as Craig Jaeger)
Chris Jargo .... sound effects editor
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Larry Kemp .... supervising adr editor
Tony Lamberti .... sound effects editor
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor (as Phil Morrill)
John Rice .... assistant sound editor
Dan M. Rich .... sound effects editor (as Dan Rich)
Catherine Rowe .... foley artist
Robert Schaper .... sound re-recording mixer
Lauren Stephens .... sound effects editor (as Lauren Stevens)
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... supervising sound editor
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound effects editor
Andy Wiskes .... production sound mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... adr editor (uncredited)
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert S. Henderson .... special effects supervisor (as Robert Henderson)
Michael Meinardus .... special effects coordinator (as Mike Meinardus)
Visual Effects by
Denise Davis .... visual effects producer: Warner Digital Studios
Victor Jimenez .... digital effects supervisor: Warner Digital Studios
Jesse Silver .... art department supervisor: Warner Digital Studios
Ariel Velasco-Shaw .... visual effects supervisor: Warner Digital Studios (as Ariel Velasco Shaw)
Michael Aceves .... matte artist: Warner Digital (uncredited)
Megan Bryant .... digital camera supervisor (uncredited)
D. Walt Cameron .... digital artist (uncredited)
Fortunato Frattasio .... digital artist (uncredited)
Dave Gregory .... color imaging supervisor: Warner Digital (uncredited)
Glen Gustafson .... film recorder operator: Warner Digital (uncredited)
Lindsay Hallett .... visual effects coordinator: Warner Digital (uncredited)
John Charles Kohn .... Inferno artist (uncredited)
John Charles Kohn .... Inferno compositor (uncredited)
Juniko Moody .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Christopher Savides .... imaging color lead (uncredited)
Kevin Andrew Smith .... digital compositor (uncredited)
David Taritero .... visual effects plate coordinator (uncredited)
Katie Tucker-Fico .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Michael Adams .... stunts (as Mike Adams)
Brian Avery .... stunts
Perry Barndt .... stunts
Steve Blalock .... stunts
Ken Blazer .... stunts
Paul Borne .... stunts
Buff Brady .... stunts
Michelle Burkette .... stunts (as Michele Burkette)
Phil Chong .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunt coordinator
Marian Green .... stunts
Jamie Keyser .... stunts (as Jamie A. Keyser)
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Lisa McCullough .... stunts
Dorenda Moore .... stunts
Casey O'Neill .... stunts
Michael Owen .... stunts (as Michael Patrick Owen)
Debi Parker .... stunts
John S. Platt .... stunts
Dana Reed .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Lynn Salvatori .... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts (as Dennis R. Scott)
Kaye Wade .... stunts
Lee Whittaker .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Antczak .... first assistant camera (as Joe Antczak)
Tasso Bravos .... best boy grip
Michael Cassidy .... second assistant camera (as Mike Cassidy)
Ted Chu .... first assistant camera
David E. Diano .... camera operator (as David Diano)
Stanley L. Gonsales .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Stan Gonsales)
Chris Haarhoff .... camera operator
Al LaVerde .... key grip (as Al La Verde)
Doug Pentek .... chief lighting technician (as Doug Pentak)
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Scott J. Prophet .... dolly grip (as Scott Prophet)
Ty Suehiro .... key rigging grip
Thomas Vandermillen .... second assistant camera (as Tom Vandermillen)
Lance Jay Velazco .... video assist operator (as Lance Velazco)
Don Yamasaki .... key rigging gaffer
Malcolm Bryce .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Eric Vincent Cruse .... grip (uncredited)
Donna Fewell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ronald R. Koch Jr. .... electrician (uncredited)
Henry Tirl .... Steadicam assistant (uncredited)
Casting Department
Elizabeth Marx .... casting associate
Jaki Baskow .... las vegas casting (uncredited)
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Steve Ellsworth .... costumer
Bridgitte Ferry .... costumer (as Brigitte Ferry)
Kent James .... costume supervisor
Helen Monaghan .... costumer (as Helen Monoghan)
Emma Trenchard .... costumer
Llandys Williams .... costumer
Editorial Department
Mark Bourgeois .... first assistant editor
Kurt Courtland .... second assistant editor
Ray Martin .... color timer
Brandon K. Hogan .... post-production (uncredited)
Music Department
Alex Gibson .... supervising music editor
Matt Harris .... orchestrator
Bones Howe .... music supervisor
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
David Slonaker .... orchestrator
Kim Strand .... assistant music editor
Tom Villano .... music editor
Ron Aston .... musician: percussion programming (uncredited)
Talmadge Pearsall .... musician: keyboard (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Vic Cuccia .... transportation co-captain
Dan Romero .... transportation coordinator
Stanley Storc .... transportation captain
Robert aaron Brown .... driver (uncredited)
Everett Everett .... driver (uncredited)
Scott Jimerson .... driver: Jerry Weintraub (uncredited)
Mike Storc .... transportation (uncredited)
Roger Wooge .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Herach Arzounian .... first aid
Sandy Balek .... production associate
Patti Browne .... assistant: Mr. Simmons
Michael J. Burmeister .... location manager
Karine Cruz .... production associate (as Karine Avakians)
Martin Dinnes .... animal consultant (as Dr. Martin Dinnes)
Laurie Dodsworth .... assistant production accountant
Kenneth Feld .... consultant: Siegfried and Roy
Bill Kerr .... assistant location manager
Kashina Kessler .... staff assistant
Marsha Koff .... production accountant (as Marsha Mann Koff)
Barry Lather .... choreographer
Ben Levine .... staff assistant
Frank Lieberman .... unit publicist
Michael B. Louis .... staff assistant (as Michael Louis)
David McCullough .... biologist: desert tortoise
Bonnie McDaniel .... first aid
Kim Pinkstaff .... assistant: Mr. Weintraub
Buz Presock .... staff assistant
Lesa Lakin Richardson .... assistant: Mr. Kessler (as Lesa Lakin)
Miriam E. Rutman .... staff assistant (as Miriam Rutman)
Joanne Small .... script supervisor
Peter Sobich Jr. .... production associate (as Peter Sobich)
Michael Sobich .... staff assistant
Jamie Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Weintraub
Jamie Weintraub .... staff assistant
Jody Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Weintraub
Joseph Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Weintraub
Julie Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Weintraub
Rachel Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Weintraub
Sarah Weintraub .... assistant: Mr. Weintraub
Jeff Winn .... craft service
Bernie Yuman .... consultant: Siegfried and Roy
David Berthiaume .... location manager (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Ben Le Vine .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Kelly Padovich .... mechanic (uncredited)
Billy Smith .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Joyce Luman .... special thanks
Steve Wynn .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for sensuality, language and thematic elements
93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-7 (2006) (DVD) | Finland:S (1997) (VHS) | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | UK:PG | USA:PG

Did You Know?

The living room in which Wayne Newton and Ellen have dinner is Wayne's actual living room from his home in Las Vegas. His home was also on MTV's "Cribs" (2000), where that same room is featured.See more »
Continuity: When Clark is using bubble gum to seal the leaks in the underground tunnel he sticks a piece of chewed gum on a piece of gum that is being inflated by water. It then cuts to Clark attempting to seal another leak and then back again and when it cuts back, there is no piece of chewed gum on the bubble.See more »
Audrey Griswold:[watching as Wayne Newton brings Ellen up on stage with him] Well, I think we know who sent the dress.See more »
Movie Connections:
Rusty's RaveSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"All in all, I feel that 'Vegas Vacation' is a very underrated comedy.", 24 February 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

`Vegas Vacation' - 1997 - 3.5/5 stars

In 1989, audiences were introduced to `Christmas Vacation,' which turned out to be more than a pleasant surprise. Then, in 1997, almost a decade later, another `Vacation' film churned out. The fourth in the series.

`Vegas Vacation.'

Clark Griswold has finally gotten his break. His food preservatives have been approved, and he has gotten a bonus. Now, what to do with the money? He has an idea. Take the wife and kids to.(big surprise) Vegas! But soon after the ordeal of arriving in Vegas is over, Clark finds himself wasting away his money gambling; especially playing craps! Now, with the help of Uncle> Eddie, he must regain his money, and regain his wife from the grasp of Wayne Newton!

Chevy Chase returns to the role of Clark Griswold, he gets these crazy notions and perfect ideas built up in his head, and as we have learned in the other films, they always disintegrate one at a time until he blows his top.

Beverly D'Angelo returns to the character of Ellen Griswold, she pulls off the housewife/mother role quite believably; she is not nearly as bad as anyone would expect. Many people say she was in the first movie just to flash the screen a few times, but that's just from the mouths of people who dislike the movies; I think her role is important, and D'Angelo carries it well. The only other person I can think of that fits the Ellen character is Goldie Hawn, but that's probably because she acts a bit like D'Angelo so it is easier to imagine her as Ellen.

The kids in this `Vacation' film are (finally!) older; Rusty is on the verge of manhood, and Audrey has matured as well. The things they get themselves into during the film are quite funny. Audrey becomes a Vegas dancer, and Rusty becomes a rich tycoon with the help from some `friends.' We splice back and forth to their predicaments during the film.

One hilarious segment includes a bit where the Griswold family visits Uncle Eddie (a returning Randy Quaid) out in the middle of nowhere; he says that he got his land for free from the government because it used to be a nuclear test site (`I got tomatoes growing this big!'). Uncle Eddie is more disgusting than ever; he lives in a small trailer with about forty-something kids, all of which have strange deformations.

In `Vegas Vacation,' Randy Quaid has the longest screen time that Eddie's ever had before, and I think this is a good thing. Perhaps some people thought it went a bit over the top with Eddie, but I say, `The more Eddie, the better!'

Wallace Shawn makes a rather long cameo as the craps dealer; Clark has a vengeance built up against Shawn's character. He MUST beat him. However, Clark always loses and that is how he loses all his money.

Wayne Newton takes a rather big role as well. He pretends to be in love with Ellen Griswold (`It's a lock of my hair.') in the film; he tries to steal her from Clark, who forgets to pay attention to his wife while he blows his money away like it's just paper and nothing more.

John Hughes, writer of `Vacation' and `Christmas Vacation,' did NOT return to the keyboard for this one; someone else wrote it. I think, however, that the writer of `Vegas Vacation' wrote the script well; the jokes are plentiful and enjoyable. It's nowhere near as bad as some comedy sequels get (i.e. `Police Academy' sequels).

Many people really hated `Vegas Vacation,' saying that is was just not funny. But no one can tell me they didn't laugh - or even chuckle - at this film. I understand that it is not as good as the first film, but to tell you the truth, I used to have a hard time choosing a favorite - the three films (`Vegas,' `Christmas,' and the original - NOT counting the `European' sequel) are so different and funny that it really is hard to choose. However, `Vegas' is more familiar to the first film than the sequel(s), and it's a bit easier to compare. When I look closely at them, I decide (a) the first film was a first, and no one had ever experienced Clark Griswold before; (b) the jokes are a bit better and (c) the cast was a bit younger back then and could go for more physical gags. In the new film, Clark swings over the Hoover Dam, and it looks like Chevy really strained himself doing some of the physical stuff (even if it means dangling over a green screen).

All in all, I feel that `Vegas Vacation' is a very underrated comedy. I really, really enjoyed it, and had a fun time watching it. It's always nice to take another visit to the Griswold family, and I'm up for another sequel (perhaps John Hughes should write the next one?).

3.5/5 stars -

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