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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

Yule crack up! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The "Warner Brothers" backlot used for the neighborhood, in which the Griswolds live, is the same as the one used on "The Middle (2009)," which featured Brian Doyle-Murray (Mr. Shirley) in a recurring role as Mr. Ehlert, and Doris Roberts (Frances) in a recurring role as Ms. Rinsky. See more »

Goofs

When Clark and Ellen are in bed after the tree with all the sap, Clark is having trouble with the magazine sticking to him. At the final scene when he turns out the lamp, you can clearly see a handle on the lamp for him to grab to making it look like it was sticking to him. Also, when his hand is supposedly stuck to Ellen's hair, you can clearly see that he's actually holding on to it and pulling it toward him. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Bethany: Is Rusty still in the navy?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature a cartoon of Santa delivering the Griswold family's Christmas presents while also getting electrocuted, hit by bricks, setting his pants on fire, falling into the snow and being chased by a rolling snowman head See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: The Grinch (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
(uncredited)
Written by George Frideric Handel
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I cried from laughter!
26 November 1999 | by AdrianeSee all my reviews

Since the holidays are approaching, I feel I should comment on this Christmas classic. Chevy Chase is hilarious once again as Clark, and this is the funniest Vacation next to the original when they go to Wally World. Some of the funniest lines too: "Gonna burn some dust here, eat my rubber." "It is a bit nipply out, I mean nippy out!". A Christmas movie to own , and if you don't, worthy of a rent at the holidays. Randy Quaid has some great moments as Eddie, and don't miss Chase's run down the hill in the sled!


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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:

$11,750,203, 3 December 1989

Gross USA:

$72,925,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,925,146
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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