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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
Miriam Flynn ... 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

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

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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

With an inflation rate of three percent per year, the fifty-two thousand dollars Eddie mentioned needing in 1983, would be worth roughly 137,921 dollars in 2016. See more »

Goofs

In the saloon in Dodge City as the Sheriff is walking up to the Griswolds inside the bar the waitress in the pink dress walks past the Sheriff from behind and stops at a table, and the girl in the dark red dress, coming down the stairs, walks past the sheriff in the other direction. In the close up shot of the Sheriff, both girls are walking into the shot from the same directions again. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Griswold: Don't just blurt it out about Edna dying.
Clark Griswald: How about if I ask him to play 20 Questions?
[Clark knocks on the front door of Normie's house and rings the doorbell, but no anwser]
Clark Griswald: Oh, for chrissake, he isn't even home!
Ellen Griswold: Maybe the neighbors know where he is.
Clark Griswald: The moron knows we're coming and he isn't home.
Ellen Griswold: Normie's always been flighty.
Clark Griswald: He's always been a jackoff...
Ellen Griswold: Would you watch your mouth!
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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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Soundtracks

Dancin' 'cross the U.S.A.
Written and Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
Produced by Richard Dashut
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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How can you not like this movie?
24 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that i loved when i was younger so i really didn't know what to think as i watched it again. But to my surprise it is still charming, funny and sweet. Enter Chevy Chase as the last family guy, just wanting to spend time with his loving family. A hilarious journey from Chicago to California to get to an amusement park. You may think, that shouldn't be a problem, but it is. This is one vacation you will never forget. I have always liked Chevy Chase and if you watch this movie you will know why. The sweet caring family man losing more and more of his mind is nothing less than funny as hell. Maybe you will think twice about taking your family on vacation after watching this movie. I rate this movie 7/10


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