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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.

Director:

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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Outdoor Fun For Everyone! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Only shared top-billed name-above-the-title star teaming of Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. The pair had previously appeared in "1941 (1979)" and "The Blues Brothers (1980)," as well as later appearing in "Nothing But Trouble (1991)" amongst a few other titles. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Buck Ripley: So, when do you get off work?
Cammie: Eight
Buck Ripley: Where are you gonna be after work?
Cammie: I'll be around
Buck Ripley: Can I see you after work?
Cammie: Yeah, if you can find me
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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

To receive a PG certificate the 1989 UK video was cut by 27 secs by the BBFC to remove multiple uses of the line 'Blow it out your ass'. The cuts were restored in 2003. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Random Acts: The Great Indoors (2019) See more »

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Land of a Thousand Dances
Written by Chris Kenner and Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
Performed by Wilson Pickett
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp. by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Aykroyd and Candy: a great combo
13 August 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"The Great Outdoors" is what anyone would expect of a John Candy movie: completely goofy, but funny nonetheless. He plays Chet Ripley, taking his family on vacation in the wilderness. Unfortunately, Chet's unpleasant brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) is also there, and he just has to make everything miserable for Chet. In some ways, this movie seems to be rehashing "Summer Rental", but with a different tone. My favorite parts were the raccoons, the bear, and The Old '96er (I don't recommend that scene for squeamish people). All in all, it just goes to show what the world lost when John Candy died. He was really great.

P.S.: Annette Bening, in her debut, plays Roman's wife Kate.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,121,115, 19 June 1988

Gross USA:

$41,455,230

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,455,230
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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