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
Imogene Coca suffered what is believed to have been a stroke during production. Harold Ramis said they filmed a scene that morning, and by that afternoon she couldn't remember anything they did. After getting out of the hospital, she and her husband worked together to re-learn her lines, and get her back on-set to finish the movie. See more »
As the Griswolds are leaving Chicago, the exterior, overhead shots of the Truckster show downtown Chicago, with high-rise skyscrapers in the background. But the "in the car" views show a lower-class industrial area. See more »
Gee Cath looks like you really got your hands full.
Oh, it's not so bad. Eddie says after the baby comes, I can quit one of my night jobs.
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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 »
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »
Music by Ralph Burns
[Plays when Clark and The Girl in the Ferrari are in the bar.] See more »
I don't work for the C.I.A.... I used to...
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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