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National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clark Griswold
... Ellen Griswold
... Aunt Edna
... Cousin Eddie
... Rusty Griswold
... Audrey Griswold
... Roy Walley
... Kamp Komfort Clerk
... Cousin Catherine
... Motorcycle Cop
... Car Salesman
... Grover
... Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld
... The Girl in the Ferrari
... 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

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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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Release Date:

29 July 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Vacation  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,333,358, 29 July 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,400,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Exterior filming of the Griswolds "on the road" took the greater part of three months during production, crossing numerous states including California, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, and Illinois, which was filmed by a second unit. While most of the principle filming took place in California, the cast did travel on-location for scenes set in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. See more »

Goofs

On the Blu-ray Disc version during the "singing" sequence early in the film, the subtitles incorrectly refer to Clark as "Carl." This may be a deliberate reference to the goof of people getting his name wrong throughout the Vacation franchise, though. See more »

Quotes

Lasky: Has your father ever killed anyone?
Rusty: Just a dog. Oh and my Aunt Edna.
Clark: Hey you can't prove that Russ.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) 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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One fine movie
22 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

One of my all time favorite movies I own. One of Chevy Chase's finest movie besides The 3 Amigos. It seems that Chevy Chase lost his humor after 3 Amigos. But this movie here had everything you could ask for a comedy, and I've seen a number of them. I'd also like to see Dana Barron (Audrey Griswald) in more movies, cause what a hottie she is. And the rest of the cast did a superb job in making this early '80s movie a box office hit; and I would highly recommend anybody to watch this movie, even if it is for the first time.


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