The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

John Hughes (screenplay), John Hughes (short story "Vacation '58")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo ... Ellen Griswold
Imogene Coca ... Aunt Edna
Randy Quaid ... Cousin Eddie
Anthony Michael Hall ... Rusty Griswold
Dana Barron ... Audrey Griswold
Eddie Bracken ... Roy Walley
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Kamp Komfort Clerk
Miriam Flynn ... Cousin Catherine
James Keach ... Motorcycle Cop
Eugene Levy ... Car Salesman
Frank McRae ... Grover
John Candy ... Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld
Christie Brinkley ... The Girl in the Ferrari
Jane Krakowski ... Cousin Vicki
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Storyline

Having it all planned down to the last detail, the American, well-meaning paterfamilias, Clark Griswold, and his supportive wife, Ellen, take their two teenage children, Rusty and Audrey, on a cross-country trip from the suburbs of Chicago, all the way to sunny California's Walley World amusement park. However, anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and before long, Ellen's cousin, Catherine, and her husband, Eddie, enter the picture, and Clark is on the verge of blowing a gasket. Now, Roy Walley's wonderful park seems so far away, and even though the prospect of a clandestine meeting with the alluring blonde in a fast, 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi sounds tempting, Clark must do the right thing, and find the promised land. How hard can it be to have the perfect vacation? Written by Nick Riganas

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Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.

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Adventure | Comedy

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Trivia

Matty Simmons remembers when Anthony Michael Hall was cast as Rusty. The only note the producer gave was the boy "had to keep his braces." See more »

Goofs

After Clark opens up the door just after the airbag deploys, you can see filming equipment in the reflection of the station wagon's metal side mirror. See more »

Quotes

Clark Griswald: I don't give a frogs fat ass who went through what. We need money.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, you see snapshots of group photos of where and who the Griswalds met on the vacation. The last photo shows you how they got home, on a plane. See more »

Alternate Versions

Nearly every version of this film released on home video and seen on TV has a familiar scene altered and shortened: when Ellen is finished with her shower and lies down on the bed to talk with Clark, it is possible to see her underwear for a split-second. The 1984 VHS release, and only this release, contains that same scene except much more of her underwear and legs can be seen. Also the scene is just slightly longer. Copies from 1986 and 1999 have a significant portion of the bottom of the screen missing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Christmas Vacation 2: Part 1 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm So Excited
Written by Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer, and Trevor Lawrence
Performed by The Pointer Sisters
Produced by Richard Perry
Courtesy of Planet Records
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Chevy is, a very funny lad.
7 November 2000 | by daveisitSee all my reviews

National Lampoons Vacation is an absolute classic Chevy Chase film. Chevy (as Clark) is, a very funny lad. Americans are capable of comedy, although are yet to master the British and their achievements in this genre. Each time I watch this film the delivery in Chevy's lines becomes funnier. The absolute classic for the movie is when Clarke talks about the Mississippi River and then the St Louis Arch.

The cross country adventures are taken to extremes with great characters such as cousin Eddy at times stealing big Chevy's thunder. Don't be fooled, I'm not suggesting anyone deserved an Oscar. However, when you watch a comedy and it is comical then they have to be doing something right. If your a fan of Chevy then you will have seen this film so i suggest you go and watch it again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vacation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,333,358, 31 July 1983

Gross USA:

$61,399,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,399,552
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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