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The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | | Comedy | 17 June 1988 (USA)
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A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

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Howard Deutch

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Roman Craig
John Candy ... Chet Ripley
Stephanie Faracy ... Connie Ripley
Annette Bening ... Kate Craig
Chris Young ... Buck Ripley
Ian Michael Giatti ... Ben Ripley (as Ian Giatti)
Hilary Gordon Hilary Gordon ... Cara Craig
Rebecca Gordon Rebecca Gordon ... Mara Craig
Robert Prosky ... Wally
Zoaunne LeRoy Zoaunne LeRoy ... Juanita
Lucy Deakins ... Cammie
Nancy Lenehan ... Waitress
John Bloom ... Jimbo
Lewis Arquette ... Herm
Britt Leach ... Reg
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Storyline

Nostalgic about the good old days in the honeymoon cabin, the patriarch Chet and the Ripley family set off to the idyllic woods of Wisconsin for the summer vacation. However, their plans for a peaceful family bonding in the heart of the untamed nature will be thwarted, when the high-rolling brother-in-law Roman and the snotty Craig family decide to crash the party. Eventually, as the two families try to have a good time together, a seemingly endless series of misfortunes and mini-disasters with thirsty leeches, cunning racoons and a mythical wild bear, threaten to ruin the vacation. What will it take to salvage the weekend? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Outdoor Fun For Everyone! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Country See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,455,230
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Aykroyd and John Candy were alumnus from two different comedy television shows, Saturday Night Live (1975) and SCTV (1976) respectively. Saturday Night Live (1975) was shot live, while SCTV (1976) was not. It was taped in Edmonton, Alberta. See more »

Goofs

When Chet is skiing and jumps the bushes, a small ski ramp is visible. See more »

Quotes

Chet: You'll have to excuse my brother-in-law. He gets a couple of cocktails in him and he becomes an expert on everything.
Roman: I don't need cocktails for that. Was that a shot?
Chet: No, that was the truth.
Roman: Oh, that was a shot!
Chet: That... was a shot.
Roman: [to the bartender] Speaking of shots, set us up!
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Crazy Credits

Most of the end credits play over a montage of the cast dancing in Wally's bar. See more »

Alternate Versions

On one television version, there is a scene where Chet is trying to maneuver his vehicle with the drag boat trailer onto the road. Roman's suggestions are not helping, as Chet almost hits different obstacles blocking his path. An officer (played by Troy Evans) notices this and approaches informing Chet that he is watching Chet's navigation. Finally Chet successfully makes it on the road. As they are driving away laughing at the officer, the boat slides off the trailer and into the street. There is also a scene within this one where Connie and Kate are talking by the lake while the twins are on the dock. Kate suggests the twins go swimming. A big fish jumps from the water scaring the two girls. After hearing the screams and unnoticing the fish, Kate remarks it's fine if they don't swim. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) See more »

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Dragboat
Written & Produced by Tom Scott
Performed by The Elwood Blues Revue (as Elwood Blues Revue) and Tom Scott
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one of John Candy's best
7 April 2004 | by rabid_halflingSee all my reviews

I watch this movie, and then i feel terrible that a great comedian is gone.. You can have your kinnison, farley, etc. But Candy, is probaly one of the over looked, and slumped into thecheap renters.. but you know why they used him as the lead in so many.. Because he is/was a kindly looking man, and was from what i have read of him.. And this is probaly the pinnacle of the greatness of Candy. And the whole bear scene steals the whole show. I just wish all the canadian actors/comedians didn't have to go south.. come on Canadian cinema drop the docu-drama and work with our funny bones.. We are wasting our real natural resource here.. Again best Candy flick of all, IMHO.


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