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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roman Craig
... Chet Ripley
... Connie Ripley
... Kate Craig
... Buck Ripley
... Ben Ripley (as Ian Giatti)
Hilary Gordon ... Cara Craig
Rebecca Gordon ... Mara Craig
... Wally
Zoaunne LeRoy ... Juanita
... Cammie
... Waitress
... Jimbo
... Herm
... 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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$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,455,230
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Trivia

Several times throughout the movie, characters are seen drinking Point Beer. Point is an actual beer made in Stevens Point, in central Wisconsin, and is very popular throughout central and northern Wisconsin, where the movie takes place. A Point Beer sign is also seen in one of the restaurants in the film. 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

Roman: [while barbequing lobsters] How about the gourmet here, you know what he wanted? Hotdogs! You know what they make those things out of, Chet? You know? Lips and assholes!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Paul Bunyan Love
Written by Les Kangas
Performed by Tex Ritter
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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one of John Candy's best
7 April 2004 | by See 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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