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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

When Cousin Eddie barged into the house with Clark's boss, Ellen jokingly tells (the police officer) him this is the family's first kidnapping, which is actually wrong. In National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Clark held the security guard at Walley World hostage, and forced him to take the family on the rides. See more »

Goofs

The scene in which Mrs. Shirley calls the authorities does is not shown until after Mr. Shirley arrives at the Griswolds' house, but it would have taken place immediately after Eddie's RV leaves the Shirley residence, particularly when considering how quickly the police were able to arrive at the Griswolds' house after Mr. Shirley did. These scenes are shown in logical, rather than chronological order. See more »

Quotes

Mary: These are cut really high in the hip. Look, I'm wearing something similar. See, you can't see the line.
Clark: Can't see the line, can you Russ?
Rusty Griswold: Nope.
[Clark stares at Rusty in shock]
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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, falling into the snow and being chased by a rolling snowman head See more »

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References Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Written by Johnny Marks
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I cried from laughter!
26 November 1999 | by See 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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