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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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The wildlife is wild, but his brother-in-law in unbearable. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A song in the film ("Dragboat") is listed in the credits as being performed by The Elwood Blues Revue. The Elwood Blues Revue is of course based on characters in "The Blues Brothers" (1980) starring Dan Aykroyd. See more »

Goofs

When Chet is explaining water skiing to Ben, one shot shows the boat in the background behind the two while they are talking. Although the boat is heard idling, it clearly is not running in this shot (the blower belt is not turning). See more »

Quotes

Bartender: He's been struck by lightning... how many times has it been now, Reg?
Reg: S-s-s-s-s-s-s-six...
Chet: Six times?
Reg: S-s-s-six-six-six-six-six-six-sixty-sixty-six times. In-n-n-n-n-n-n-In-n-n-n-n-n-n-In-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n the head!
Chet: Sixty six times? God, that's gotta hurt.
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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

The film's original theatrical trailer contains deleted/alternate scenes not in the finished film. See more »

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Soundtracks

Paul Bunyan Love
Written by Les Kangas
Performed by Tex Ritter
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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15 January 2004 | by jimzastudSee all my reviews

This is one of the best commedies ever made. I love the humor, comraderie, hatred, envy. everything. This is one movie that you could watch a thousand time and never get sick of it. John Candy is a true genius and I wish he were still around to make us all laugh. Great movie and if you have a problem with that dont' sing it bring it!


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