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
In addition to Randy Quaid and Natalija Nogulich having the same date of birth, there are several other irrelevant birthday coincidences among the cast. Nogulich was born on the first of October, while her on-screen husband, Brian Doyle-Murray, was born on the last day of October. E.G. Marshall and John Randolph, who play Ellen's father and Clark's father, respectively, were both born in the month of June. Doris Roberts and Diane Ladd, who play Ellen's mother and Clark's mother, respectively, were both born in the month of November. Mae Questel and William Hickey, who play Aunt Bethany and Uncle Lewis, were both born in the month of September. Marshall and Miriam Flynn were both born on June 18. See more »
When Clark's sled is about to crash into the wood hut, the shadow of the camera is visible. See more »
[a knock on the door]
Go away Todd.
If you want to come in you'll have to break down the goddamn door!
[Several SWAT officers bust down the door]
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"THE END" is lit up in Christmas lights. One of the bulbs pops, making the lit up "THE END" go dark. See more »
The UK PG Blu Ray version has the uncut Danny Kaye line. See more »
I really can't imagine a better and funnier Christmas movie
I think it's not necessary to write too much about this film.It's simply a masterpiece.In my opinion only Billy Wilder possibly-POSSIBLY-could have made an even better Christmas movie.For me that says a lot.
This is my second review.The first one was about "Rambo II" It's difficult to imagine something more contrasting than these two movies.
Whereas "Rambo II" represents (and shows) the bad,evil and disgusting things on earth,"Christmas Vacation" represents (and shows) the good,pleasant and beautiful ones.
For example the incredibly beautiful woman in the store.Chevy Chase's reaction is so funny!! And quite understandable as well.Who wouldn't have reacted similarly...
All characters-really ALL-in the movie are played excellently. Yes,also Audrey's.Juliette Lewis had to play the same character as,for example,Pamela Tiffin in "one,two three"-more or less a silly goose.
It's quite understandable If you don't like such characters-but-as in the case of "one,two,three"-why blame the actors for playing them convincingly? By the way,Griswold's yuppie neighbors also don't make a very pleasant impression- because (not although) they are played so well.
For me-and obviously for many others too-Christmas without "Christmas Vacation" cannot be a real Christmas.I would like to watch it more often than once a year,but I have the-unjustified,many may say-fear of liking this masterpiece somewhat less if I watch it "too" often.
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