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The Great Outdoors ()


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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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Roman Craig
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Chet Ripley
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Connie Ripley
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Kate Craig
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Buck Ripley
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Ben Ripley (as Ian Giatti)
Hilary Gordon ...
Cara Craig
Rebecca Gordon ...
Mara Craig
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Wally
Zoaunne LeRoy ...
Juanita
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Cammie
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Waitress
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Jimbo
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Herm
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Reg
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Boat Yard Owner
Paul Hansen ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Debra Lee Ortega ...
Dancing Biker Girl
Sierra Somerville ...
Girl in Arcade
Christine Spiotta ...
Woman in Crowd
Chris Bass ...
Lodge Patron
Shirley Harris ...
Lodge Customer
Christopher Kinsman ...
Irate Customer
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Grill Chef
Brian Healy ...
Man in Crowd
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The Bald-Headed Bear
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raleigh Bond ...
Grandpa (uncredited)
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Mark Sawtelle ...
Picnic Dad (uncredited)
Barry Thompson ...
Kitchen Help (uncredited)

Directed by

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Howard Deutch

Written by

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John Hughes ... (written by)

Produced by

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Sean Daniel ... executive in charge of production
John Hughes ... executive producer
Tom Jacobson ... executive producer
Stephen Lim ... associate producer
Arne Schmidt ... producer (as Arne L. Schmidt)
Elena Spiotta ... associate producer

Music by

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Thomas Newman

Cinematography by

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Ric Waite ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Seth Flaum
William D. Gordean ... (as William Gordean)
Tom Rolf

Editorial Department

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Tom Allen ... apprentice editor
Anita Brandt Burgoyne ... assistant editor (as Anita Brandt-Burgoyne)
Jacqueline Cambas ... additional editor
Jean Caperonis ... assistant editor
Francine Fleishman ... assistant editor
Vicki Hiatt ... assistant editor
Penney May ... apprentice editor
Dan Muscarella ... color timer
Ray Sabo ... negative cutter
Lisa M. Varney ... apprentice editor

Casting By

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Judith Weiner

Production Design by

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John W. Corso

Set Decoration by

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John H. Anderson ... (as John Anderson)

Costume Design by

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Marilyn Vance ... (as Marilyn Vance-Straker)

Makeup Department

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Rob Bottin ... special makeup effects artist
Alan Friedman ... makeup artist
Ben Nye Jr. ... makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell ... hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Julie C. Steffes ... body makeup (as Julie Steffes)
Rick Stratton ... makeup artist: second unit
Dione Taylor ... hair stylist
Steve LaPorte ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Charles Newirth ... production manager (as Charles J. Newirth)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sam Epstein ... first assistant director: second unit
Christine Larson-Nitzsche ... second assistant director (as Christine Larson)
Stephen Lim ... first assistant director
Walter Scott ... second unit director
B. Scott Senechal ... dga trainee (as Scott Senechal)

Art Department

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Ronald S. Baratie ... greensman (as Ron Baratie)
Dennis Benda ... stand-by greensman
Richard Bennett ... construction foreman
Sharon Busse ... set designer
Carl Butz ... draper
Donald S. Foster ... set dresser
Jerry Gadette ... stand-by painter
Ricardo Gallardo ... construction foreman
Mike Higelmire ... lead man
Bill King ... property master
Gary Kudroff ... set dresser
Peter Lamppu ... construction foreman
John Leone ... construction foreman
Louis M. Mann ... assistant art director (as Louis Mann)
Richard Mazzotti ... greensman
Dennis J. Parrish ... property master (as Dennis Parrish)
Hope M. Parrish ... assistant property master
Phil Read ... construction coordinator
John A. Scott III ... set dresser
Tom Urioste ... assistant property master
Greg Villalva ... construction foreman
Ted Wilson ... carpenter
Richard Baum ... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael A. Tice ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Donald A. Bolger ... boom operator (as Don Bolger)
Charles J. Bond ... cableman (as Charles Bond)
Jim Borgardt ... adr editor (as James A. Borgardt)
Allan Bromberg ... sound editor
Michael C. Casper ... re-recording mixer
Melinda Cooke ... apprentice sound editor
Blake R. Cornett ... assistant sound editor
Dino Dimuro ... sound editor (as Dino DiMuro)
Doreen A. Dixon ... supervising adr editor
Roberta Doheny ... re-recording mixer
Dan Engstrom ... assistant sound editor
Mark Gordon ... sound editor
William Hartman ... sound editor
David M. Ice ... sound editor (as David Ice)
David Jansen ... assistant sound editor
Roxanne Jones ... sound editor (as Roxanne R. Jones)
Jeffrey Kaplan ... sound recordist (as Jeff Kaplan)
C. Darin Knight ... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Andy MacDonald ... re-recording mixer (as Andrew MacDonald)
James Matheny ... sound editor
Tom C. McCarthy ... supervising sound editor (as Tom McCarthy)
Thomas Meloeny ... additional sound re-recordist (as Tom Meloeny)
James Moriana ... foley walker (as James M. Moriana)
Gary D. Rogers ... foley mixer
Edward Rossi ... sound editor (as Ed Rossi)
Tanya Sharp David ... adr mixer (as Tanya David)
John Shouse ... sound editor
Mary Ruth Smith ... sound editor
Bill Varney ... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden ... sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit ... foley walker (as Jeffrey B. Wilhoit)
David Williams ... sound editor
Steve Kohler ... foley recordist (uncredited)
Victoria Rose Sampson ... sound editor (uncredited)
Jerry Trent ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Dan Cangemi ... special effects
John Frazier ... special effects coordinator
Rocky Gehr ... special effects (as Rocky A. Gehr)
Elmer Hui ... special effects
Thomas Mertz ... special effects
Francis Pennington ... special effects
Mike Reedy ... special effects shop foreman (as Michael Reedy)
David Wischnack ... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack ... special effects (as Jeff Wischnack)
Dick Wood ... special effects
Michael Burnett ... special creature effects (uncredited)
Tim Turner ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Bob O'Neil ... opticals: Universal Title

Stunts

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Linda Arvidson ... stunt player (as Linda Lee Arvidson)
Elizabeth Barrington ... stunt player
Steve Bolan ... stunt player
Ty Crowley ... stunt player
Laura Dash ... stunt player
Scott Dockstader ... stunt player (as Scott R. Dockstader)
Jeff Jensen ... stunt player
Robert LaPoint ... stunt player (as Bob La Point)
Daniel K. Moore ... stunt player
Gary Morgan ... bear stunts
Robbi Morgan ... stunt player
Roger Morgan ... stunt player
Manny Perry ... stunt player (as Manuel Perry)
Ben Scott ... stunt player
John-Clay Scott ... stunt player
Walter Scott ... stunt coordinator / stunt player
Clint Youngreen ... bear stunts
Manny Perry ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
John-Clay Scott ... stunt double: John Candy (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Matthew E. Alper ... second assistant camera (as Matthew Alper)
Steve Boldroff ... best boy grip
Carl Boles ... gaffer
George W. Borthwick ... best boy grip (as George Wells Borthwick)
Joe Castagnoli ... first assistant camera: second unit (as Joseph Castagnoli)
Harley Christensen ... lamp operator
Stephen Clark ... grip: second unit (as Steve Clark)
Billy Clevenger ... first assistant camera (as William Clevenger)
Dick Colean ... camera operator: second unit
Jim Fine ... lamp operator
Roger Gebhard ... camera operator
Kris Gregg ... second assistant camera: second unit (as Kristopher Gregg)
Terry Hawker ... grip
Susan C. Ingram ... second assistant camera
Robin Alan Knight ... key grip: second unit (as Robin Knight)
Gemma La Mana ... still photographer (as Gemma La Mana Wills)
John London ... key grip
E. Scott Mayhugh ... grip (as Scott Mayhugh)
Dennis McLean ... grip
Richard A. Mention III ... first assistant camera (as Rickey Mention)
Rick Neff ... camera operator
Charles E. Nippell ... best boy electric (as Chas. E. Nippêll)
Chris Reason ... grip
Richard Smock ... lamp operator
Robert C. Thomas ... director of photography: second unit (as Robert Thomas)
Ken Tosic ... best boy electric (as Kenneth Tosic)
Rick Tschudin ... first assistant camera: second unit (as Richard Tschudin)
Richard R. Waite ... film loader (as Richard Waite)
Don Whipple ... dolly grip (as Don Whipple Jr.)
Wayne Baker ... underwater assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Nancy Mott ... extras casting
Karen Semler ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gala Autumn ... costumer: women
Elinor Bardach ... key costumer: women (as Elinor C. Bardach)
Greg Hall ... costumer: men
Silvio Scarano ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Paul E. Brooks ... location paymaster
Donald A. Potts ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Emma Dikson ... assistant music supervisor (as Emma Dixson)
Tarquin Gotch ... music supervisor
Les Hemstock ... composer: additional music
Nicky Holland ... composer: additional music
Tom Kramer ... music editor
Maggie Ostroff ... assistant music editor
Thomas Pasatieri ... orchestrator
Ron Payne ... assistant music supervisor
Dennis S. Sands ... scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Chas Smith ... exotic instruments
John Vigran ... scoring mixer
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Maria Newman ... musician (uncredited)
Bruce Robb ... music engineer (uncredited) / music mixer (uncredited) / music producer (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dave Busick ... set mechanic
Bob Cornell ... transportation captain
Timothy P. Ryan ... transportation co-captain (as Tim Ryan)
Tom F. Thomas ... transportation coordinator (as Tom Thomas)

Other crew

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Pamela Alch ... script supervisor
Jacqueline G. Arthur ... assistant: Ms. Vance-Straker (as Jacki Arthur)
Catherine Battistone ... additional voice
Bruce A. Block ... filmic consultant
Paul A. Calabria ... animal trainer (as Paul Calibria)
Bill Capizzi ... additional voice
Allegra Clegg ... production coordinator
Amy Feldman ... office assistant
Ron Filbert ... production accountant
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Jan Garner ... production accountant
Tim Gonzales ... craft service
Karen Hale Wookey ... script supervisor: second unit (as Karen Wookey)
Cheryl Harris ... animal trainer
Christopher Kinsman ... office assistant
Shelley Kirkwood ... unit publicist
Steve Kramer ... additional voice (as Steven Kramer)
Willie Kupahu ... production accountant
Luisa Leschin ... additional voice
Rick Lowry ... boat master
Steve Martin ... animal trainer
Wendy Oates ... additional voice
Kenny Ortega ... choreographer
Tom C. Peitzman ... office assistant
Christina Rosati ... fellowship intern: MCA
Doug Seus ... head bear trainer
Lynne Seus ... assistant bear trainer
Todd Trotter ... assistant production coordinator
Daniel Wheatcroft ... studio executive
Thomas White ... additional voice
Tom Williams ... additional voice
Marcia Wolf ... additional voice
Clint Youngreen ... assistant bear trainer
Greg Knapp ... set medic (uncredited)
Nancy Neumann ... studio teacher (uncredited)
Jean M. Simpson ... animal trainer (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Raccoons: Furry Friends or Masked Menace? See more »
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Also Known As
  • Big Country (United States)
  • Ferien zu dritt (Germany)
  • Dos cuñados desenfrenados (Spain)
  • Dos locos en vacaciones (Argentina)
  • Невероятна ваканция (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 91 min
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Budget $24,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Debut feature film of Annette Bening. See more »
Goofs After Chet finishes the Old 96er and everyone is back at the cabin. Chet runs to the bathroom with everyone chasing him. As the camera pans out, you clearly see Dan Akroyd counting down for everyone to scream and run out of the cabin. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Aria/The Great Outdoors (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Yakety Yak See more »
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 »
Quotes Roman: Good evening. How's it going? Listen, girls... uh... as your father, I feel it incumbent upon me to set the record straight on the validity of the tale which Uncle Chet shared with us this evening. I know that a terrifying story like that coming from the mouth of a recognized authority figure could be traumatizing for kids like yourselves; I know that, because I had a similar experience with my uncle Roy and a story he used to tell, about a family who went into the woods and was attacked by a band of escaped Army psychiatric patients who'd been subjected to violent, hellish, torturous behavior-modification experiments. It seems they escaped from the metal boxes the Army kept them in, found his family in the woods, fell upon them, slaughtered them and ate them. Now that story - phew - it gave me nightmares not to be believed. Well I thought that Uncle Chet's story upset you in the same way. I'm here to say that there actually is NO bear, and that all that Uncle Chet was saying was just a yarn... spinning for our... entertainment. And even if there were a bear out there, I'm in the house. To protect you. So uh... no more thinking about bears. Alright? No more thinking about unpleasant things. We're gonna close our eyes and dream about nice things. About cuddly, soft, fluffy things. Okay? Super. Good night. Sleep tight.
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