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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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This holiday's no picnic. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although widely believed to have taken place in Wisconsin, Chet clearly states that they are in Clare County and there is only one Clare County in North America and it is in Michigan. See more »

Goofs

Roman tells Chet that when he lost everything, he had to surrender his seat on 'the exchange', and that he now wears a blue runner's jacket at work, and fetches coffee. Regardless of which exchange he is referring to (CME or CBOT), runners' jackets are 'gold' (Orange), not blue. 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

Subtitled conversation between two raccoons -- Raccoon #1: "Why's Jody sitting in the lake?" Raccoon #2: "You didn't hear? She got shot in the ass!" Raccoon #1: "Oh no! Don't tell me..." Raccoon #2: "Yup... She's bald on both ends now!" 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 »

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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Land of a Thousand Dances
Written by Chris Kenner and Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
Performed by The Elwood Blues Revue featuring Wilson Pickett
Produced by Steve Cropper
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One of my 80's favorites
10 July 2008 | by ivkoSee all my reviews

As a child of the eighties, its hard not to view this film thru the lens of nostalgia. John Candy is hilarious as the simple but decent family guy who wishes to take his family on a vacation to the great outdoors. His plans are rudely disrupted by his boorish brother in law, who crashes the family event and manages to disrupt all of Candy's plans. While there's nothing particularly stunning or insightful here, its fun and reminds me of days gone by. Although seen thru the eye of comedians, many of us can remember "disastrous" family vacations like this, with relatives that we sometimes couldn't stand and plans gone awry, but still forming some of our most fond memories. It is also somewhat bittersweet for me, as most of the beautiful and rustic locales in the film have disappeared during the intervening years, a loss I hadn't even noticed or thought about until I watched the film again. The film is very family friendly and, if you haven't seen it, definitely worth a viewing.


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