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Summer Rental (1985)

PG | | Comedy | 9 August 1985 (USA)
An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.

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Carl Reiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Jack Chester
Karen Austin ... Sandy Chester
Kerri Green ... Jennifer Chester
Joey Lawrence ... Bobby Chester
Aubrey Jene Aubrey Jene ... Laurie Chester
Richard Crenna ... Al Pellet
Rip Torn ... Scully
John Larroquette ... Don Moore
Richard Herd ... Angus MacLachlan
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Cortez
Lois Hamilton ... Vicki
Carmine Caridi ... Ed
Francis X. McCarthy ... Hal (as Frank McCarthy)
Pierrino Mascarino ... Maitre D'
Harry Yorku Harry Yorku ... Pirate Musician
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Storyline

Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to regain his pride and family's respect. Written by Rob Hartill

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Life Is A Beach. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aluga-se para o Verão See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,754,259, 11 August 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,689,703
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Summer Rental (1985) was one of three John Candy films released during the "Summer" of 1985. The others were Volunteers (1985), where Candy re-teamed with Splash (1984) co-star Tom Hanks, and Brewster's Millions (1985), which starred Richard Pryor. See more »

Goofs

During the race, Jack says the sailboat in front of them has 'stolen their wind'. Technically, that is a racing term for someone BEHIND you who has gotten between the wind and your sail, effectively blocking your wind. It's also a racing strategy. But it is impossible for someone to steal your wind from in front of you. See more »

Quotes

Jack: Get the hell out of here now!
Fat Man: You get out of here fella. I'm trying to watch the Smurfs.
Jack: You're trying to watch the Smurfs?
Fat Man: Yeah.
Jack: Did you see the one where Papa Smurf took a crutch and smashed the shit out of a guy with a red hat? Did you see that one? You want to see that one? (Fat Man runs away.)
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Alternate Versions

There are many scenes that were cut from the movie that mostly dealt with the development of John Candy's character and the family before the vacation. There is about 5 minutes snipped out of the first 15-20 min of the film. They include:
  • Jack Chester pulling over to the side of the highway, telling the kids that the car is not moving until he has five seconds of silence.
  • Also on the way to Citrus Cove, Florida, they get fast food. The dog farts at this time, causing the family to stick their heads out the window.
  • When they arrive at the "wrong" house, they shows snips here and there through the course of their stay of Archie "the dog" chewing the leg off the couch.
  • Then, after Jack Chester unloads the trailer, there is another deleted scene involving Bobby and Jennifer about who gets the color TV.
  • Also, before they leave the house, Dan Gardner, "the owner" of the wrong house, they are staying at tells them that it is their house and not the Chesters', you see both of their expressions as to what they are felling at that moment when he and Jack Chester are in disagreement.
  • When the family leaves to go to the right house, Jack Chester says, "Have a nice summer". Following that, the two owners that own the house laugh and the couch breaks (a result of Archie's gnawing on the couch leg) and they fall backwards.
  • Finally, the scene where they arrive at the Barnacle for their dinner, there is a scene added to fill in for the edited scene where Laurie says, "This place sucks," instead of showing that they added a very brief scene of Rip Torn's character "Scully" approaching their table.
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References Top Secret! (1984) See more »

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Tangerine
Written by Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger
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Harmless Guilty Pleasure...
2 September 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

The type of movie you can watch once a year and never get tired of. Typical John Candy film. Why did he always get mediocre scripts, save the John Hughes films? Was Hughes the only director who saw his talent? Either way, Candy rises above the material and makes the film fun to watch, but not necessarily a great film by any means. Great line regarding "The Smurfs."

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John Ulmer


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