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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

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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

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

The Griswold family are on a quest. A quest to a Walley World theme park for a family vacation, but things aren't going to go exactly as planned, especially when Clark Griswold is losing all thought towards a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari. Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

Certificate:

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Trivia

The theme park that served as Walley World was actually Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. The roller coaster, referred by Clark as the "Whipper Snapper", is actually called "The Revolution", and was the first roller coaster to have a 360-degree vertical loop. See more »

Goofs

When the Ferrari is next to Clark, you can hear it revving, but Brinkley's left leg it up and her foot obviously not on the clutch to allow the revving. See more »

Quotes

Clark Griswald: [talking about Aunt Edna] She can't weigh more than 100 pounds.
Ellen Griswald: Oh, no. You can't just put her on the roof.
Audrey Griswald: Yes, he can!
Clark Griswald: You want me to strap her to the hood? She'll be fine. It's not as if it's going to rain or something.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits the title of the Ramones song "Blitzkrieg Bop" is misspelled as "Blitzkreig Bop" See more »

Alternate Versions

CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Followed by Vegas Vacation (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Walley World National Anthem
Music by Bruce Belland and Roy M. Rogosin
Lyrics by John Hughes, Bruce Belland, and Roy M. Rogosin
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User Reviews

I don't work for the C.I.A.... I used to...
11 February 2004 | by PookyiscuteSee all my reviews

This movie is so great! I can't say enough wonderful things about it. Although I did like the third and fourth better than this, it's difficult to not like it just as much as the others. The writing is hysterical, and the acting extremely well done, and the casting perfect for this film. All the characters are funny and right on cue. I can't say that there is even one boring or bad scene in the whole 98 minutes.

If you've seen this film you have to appreciate the comical genius behind it. Chevy Chase is one of the most talented comedians, and should deserve so much more credit for his skills and ability than he does. I think this is probably the best role he ever received, and Beverly D'angelo is great as his wife, she was perfect for the character she portrayed.

If I had to pick a favorite scene it would probably have to be when he finally meets the blond in the corvette, and tells her he used to work for the C.I.A. But, then again there are so many other funny parts, it's hard to pick just one!

A definite 10 out of 10.

And that's my review.


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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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