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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clark
... Ellen
... Audrey
... Rusty
... Clark, Sr.
... Nora
... Art
... Francis
... Cousin Eddie Johnson
Miriam Flynn ... Cousin Catherine Johnson
Cody Burger ... Rocky
Ellen Latzen ... Ruby Sue (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
... Lewis
... Bethany
... 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 »

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Comedy

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1 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Christmas Vacation  »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,700,000, 3 December 1989

Gross USA:

$71,320,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The house in which the Griswolds' neighbors, Todd and Margo, live, is the same house where the Murtaugh family lived in all four Lethal Weapon movies (1987-98). The houses on this street are on the Warner Brothers backlot. Ironically, in each Griswold "Vacation" movie, Rusty and Audrey are played by a different actor and actress, while in all four "Lethal Weapon" movies, the three Murtaugh kids were played by the same actor and actresses. Speaking of Danny Glover movies, two "Christmas Vacation" stars have immediate family who appeared in movies with Danny Glover. Juliette Lewis' father Geoffrey Lewis appeared in the Mel Gibson movie Maverick (1994), during the Danny Glover cameo. Randy Quaid's brother Dennis Quaid starred with Glover in Switchback (1997). See more »

Goofs

When Clark faints after being told of bonus he starts to fall right; next camera angle shows him falling to the left. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Lewis: [Clark is cleaning up the garbage off the kitchen floor after the dog went through it] Hey Gris, you're not doing anything constructive. Run into the living room and get my stogey.
Clark: Is there anything else I can do for you, Uncle Lewis?
Ellen: He's an old man. This may be his last Christmas.
Clark: If he keeps it up, it WILL be his last Christmas.
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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 »

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Referenced in Christmas Cruelty! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come, All Ye Faithful
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley (uncredited) and music by John Reading (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo
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subtle funny parts
9 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

We watch this movie every Christmas on Christmas Eve (the whole family gets together).We laugh harder every year as we unpeel the humorous layers of this film.Watch for when Clark's wife checks out Snot's balls.It's hilarious.How about when Eddie returns with Clark's boss and kicks him in the ass as they walk up the path to the house.How about these quotes: "Why is there water everywhere Todd?" " I don't know Margeaux." The Ray Charles Christmas song during the attic scene is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard.His voice is so sweet.The eyes crossed,kicked by a mule,falls in a well comment still cracks me up.I love it when Clark's Dad says that if he (Clark) needs any help that he (Dad) will be up in his room taking a nap.How about the office scene? "Good morning ,kiss my ass,kiss his ass,etc."This movie is more fun to watch in a large group.Enjoy.


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