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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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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 »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,455,230
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Trivia

The name for a gigantic steak at restaurant Paul Bunyon's Cupboard was "The Old '96'er". See more »

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Camera shadow clearly visible during the opening credits as everyone sings in the car. See more »

Quotes

Roman: Looks like you're wanking your crank
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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 »


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Big Country
Written by Bruce Gowdy, Billy Sherwood, and Peter Aykroyd
Performed & Produced by Joe Walsh
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Remember these classics!!
12 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The eighties was a decade of film brilliance. Not Academy Awards maybe, or deeply intriguing movies but instead R-Rated, ridiculous, fun, pompous, films that were just not thought provoking but instead FUN!! What was R-Rated back then would be barely a PG today which also reflects the kind of society we have turned into. Enter "The Great OutDoors" with fellow Canadian comedians who knew comedy unlike no one has since.

Dan Akroyd and John Candy are just great. They aren't brilliant actors (although Dan has shown some promise in great movies such as The Arrow and My Girl) but instead they can get together to deliver laughs and they do. The Great Outdoors is the quintessential eighties film about a family on vacation. It's about the desire to succeed and BUY STUFF (an eighties must.) It's about who is the better man, and man vs nature and all that kind of stuff. More importantly it delivers the perfect blend of physical comedy AND one liners that actually made me laugh out loud. Akroyd and Candy play like a stand up comedy act and it works so well that you forget everyone else. They really don't add or take away from the story, you just forget anyone else is there...it doesn't really matter much. You're in this to see Chet and Roman battle it out mostly behind each other's backs. The cinematography is great in this movie as well. They used an actual lake although it was in California, not Wisconsin and it really helps the setting. You feel as though you're roughing it out right beside them. The best part is the climax with the bear, what a great scene. As predictable as you might think it is...it's just awesome. Candy is hilarious and sadly missed in future endeavours. Akroyd pulls off the pompous, greedy and loud mouthed lawyer type to a T and manages to not take himself too seriously. As with all eighties films they manage to toss in the someone is in trouble, everyone has to pull together and save them story ending but it works and this movie is without a doubt a classic, whether comedy or just film in general, it will always be remembered fondly. 8/10


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