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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 1 December 1989 (USA)
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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

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Jeremiah S. Chechik (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Clark
Beverly D'Angelo ... Ellen
Juliette Lewis ... Audrey
Johnny Galecki ... Rusty
John Randolph ... Clark, Sr.
Diane Ladd ... Nora
E.G. Marshall ... Art
Doris Roberts ... Francis
Randy Quaid ... Cousin Eddie Johnson
Miriam Flynn ... Cousin Catherine Johnson
Cody Burger Cody Burger ... Rocky
Ellen Latzen ... Ruby Sue (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
William Hickey ... Lewis
Mae Questel ... Bethany
Sam McMurray ... Bill
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Storyline

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. Written by Rob Hartill

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Yule crack up! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,700,000, 3 December 1989

Gross USA:

$71,320,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Columbus was originally set to direct, but dropped out, due to him and Chevy Chase not getting along. He worked with John Hughes on the first two Home Alone films and Only the Lonely (1991). See more »

Goofs

When they are in the car at the beginning of the movie, and each time Clark floors the accelerator, the background in the shots of Clark and Ellen shows the car is moving at a slow and constant speed. See more »

Quotes

Ellen: I have this terrible suspicion that Catherine and Eddy don't have presents for their kids. Rocky said something about Eddie telling him that Santa Claus wasn't coming this year.
Clark: Yeah, Ruby Sue said something like that last night. How can they have nothing for their children?
Ellen: Well, he's been out of work for close to seven years.
Clark: In seven years, he couldn't find a job?
Ellen: Catherine says he's been holding out for a management position.
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Crazy Credits

"THE END" is lit up in Christmas lights. One of the bulbs pops, making the lit up "THE END" go dark. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK PG Blu Ray version has the uncut Danny Kaye line. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Home & Alone for Christmas (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come, All Ye Faithful
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley (uncredited) and music by John Francis Wade (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo
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It could happen to you!
20 October 2008 | by rmcnaughton-1See all my reviews

The holidays are the hot time for those who love family to gather, and make merry. For the other 90% of the population it's a hassle, a burden, and frankly a pain in the butt. Without a doubt we've all experienced the "worst Christmas ever" but probably not like the Griswolds. This is without a doubt one of my favorite holiday films because even though family gatherings can be a pain, it's always there to (hilariously) remind me to be grateful.

This is without a doubt one of my favorite Chevy Chase movies, and it puts newer "National Lampoon" titles to shame. If you're a "deadpan comedy" fan and haven't seen this movie you owe it to yourself to wait until it gets cold, start a fire, and pop in this movie.


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