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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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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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R | See all certifications »

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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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene at the Chicago car dealership was filmed at Star Ford in Glendale, California. The location is still there (as of 2014) with the same buildings that were in the movie. However, Star Ford moved down the street, and the former Star Ford is now Glendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. See more »

Goofs

After the accident in the desert when the axles on the car are bent, we see the family driving down the road, yet when the camera pulls back for a full view of the car only the driver is present. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Griswold: Hey, ya' got Pac Man?
Cousin Dale: No.
Rusty Griswold: Ya' got Space Invaders?
Cousin Dale: Nope.
Rusty Griswold: Ya' got Asteroids?
Cousin Dale: Naw, but my dad does. Can't even sit on the toilet some days.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Family Feud (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep River Blues
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Burns
[Plays when the Griswolds drive into a black neighborhood.]
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The Funniest Family movie I've ever seen
9 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

OK so I guess you can't really call it a family movie because it's rated R. But that family movie presence is still there.

Anyway, what can I say about National Lampoons Vacation. It's probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. If you don't even laugh at ONE of the jokes, you're not human. I'll admit, there is some crude humor but most of it should, at the very least, make you chuckle. Chevy Chase is outstanding and is probably the funniest character in the movie.

It may be a bit old but it's a classic and I enjoy watching it.

10/10


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