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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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Taglines:

There's No Place Like Home For A Holiday! 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:

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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several actors and actresses from this movie have also appeared in movies with Jack Nicholson. Randy Quaid appeared in The Last Detail (1973) and The Missouri Breaks (1976). Diane Ladd appeared in The Rebel Rousers (1970) and Chinatown (1974). John Randolph and William Hickey appeared in Prizzi's Honor (1985). Beverly D'Angelo appeared in Man Trouble (1992). Natalija Nogulich was Jo Hoffa to Nicholson's Jimmy Hoffa in Hoffa (1992). Juliette Lewis appeared in The Evening Star (1996). Brian Doyle-Murray appeared in As Good as It Gets (1997). See more »

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Eddie's RV is there and then it isn't, then it is again. When the lights first come on there is an aerial shot of the house that clearly shows the RV in the driveway. Then when the lights go out a ground shot toward the same driveway shows it is empty. Then when the lights come back on the aerial shot is repeated and the RV is there. We soon learn that Eddie and family have arrived. See more »

Quotes

Art: You want to hurry this up, Clark? I'm freezing my baguettes off.
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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 »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Music by John Stafford Smith
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Funny, Funny, Funny
24 January 2002 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

This is the one Christmas movie that I don't anyone can ever get tired of. Chevy Chase returns in the third installment of the Vacation series as Clarke W. Griswold as he tries desperately to maintain his sanity during the holidays with all of his relatives coming to stay under his roof and enduring all the mishaps along the way.

This is the funniest film in the series plain and simple. Chevy Chase has never been better. Christmas Vacation is filled with countless jokes and gags that it's impossible not to laugh.

10/10


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