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National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation ()


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The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

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Clark
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Ellen
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Audrey
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Rusty
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Clark, Sr.
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Nora
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Art
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Francis
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Cousin Eddie Johnson
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Cousin Catherine Johnson
Cody Burger ...
Rocky
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Ruby Sue (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
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Lewis
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Bethany
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Bill
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Todd Chester
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Margo Chester
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Mary
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Delivery Boy
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Frank Shirley (as Brian Doyle Murray)
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Mrs. Shirley (as Natalia Nogulich)
Tony Epper ...
Bozo #1
Billy Hank Hooker ...
Bozo #2 (as Hank Hooker)
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Swat Officer
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Cop
Woody Weaver ...
Cop
Michael Kaufman ...
Young Executive
Doug Llewelyn ...
Parade Announcer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Devin Bailey ...
Clark (age 9) (uncredited)
Frank Foti Jr. ...
SWAT Team Sargeant (uncredited)
Traci Kochendorfer ...
Downtown Shopper (uncredited)

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Jeremiah S. Chechik ... (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Written by

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John Hughes ... (written by)

Produced by

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William S. Beasley ... associate producer
Mauri Syd Gayton ... associate producer
John Hughes ... producer
Tom Jacobson ... producer
Matty Simmons ... executive producer
Ramey E. Ward ... associate producer
Daniel Grodnik ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Angelo Badalamenti

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Thomas E. Ackerman ... director of photography (as Thomas Ackerman)

Film Editing by

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Gerald B. Greenberg ... (as Jerry Greenberg)
Michael A. Stevenson ... (as Michael Stevenson)

Editorial Department

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Kathryn Camp ... assistant film editor
Carlyn Montes De Oca ... assistant film editor
Richard Currie ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

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Risa Bramon Garcia ... (as Risa Bramon)
Billy Hopkins
Heidi Levitt

Production Design by

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Stephen Marsh

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Beala Neel ... (as Beala B. Neel)

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Lisa Fischer

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Michael Kaplan

Makeup Department

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Lee Harman ... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall ... hair stylist
Stephen Robinette ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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William S. Beasley ... unit production manager

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Matt Earl Beesley ... first assistant director
Frank Capra III ... second assistant director
Bryan Denegal ... second second assistant director
Vicki Jackson-Lemay ... second assistant director: second unit (as Vicki Lemay-Jackson)
Eric Jewett ... first assistant director: second unit
Charlie Picerni ... second unit director (as Charles Picerni Sr.)

Art Department

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Barbara Adamski ... property master
Glen Cooper ... stand-by painter
Kenneth J. Gagnon Sr. ... construction coordinator (as Kenneth J. Gagnon)
David P. Newell ... assistant property master (as David Newell)
Neil David Pontecorvo ... greensman
Richard Dean Rankin ... construction coordinator (as Richard Rankin)
John Rozman ... leadperson
Dale Gordon ... stage foreman (uncredited)
David J. Negron Jr. ... illustrator (uncredited)
Timothy W. Tiedje ... property master: Chicago (uncredited)
S. Bruce Wineinger ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Agalsoff Jr. ... cable person (as John Agalsoff)
Greg Agalsoff ... boom operator (as Gregg Agalsoff)
James R. Alexander ... sound mixer (as James Alexander)
George H. Anderson ... sound editor (as George Anderson)
David Baldwin ... sound editor
Neal Burger ... sound editor (as Neal R. Burger)
Joe Gilbert ... adr editor
Stan Gilbert ... supervising adr editor
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Dan Hegeman ... sound editor
Doug Hemphill ... re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
Larry Kemp ... supervising sound editor
Lou Kleinman ... sound editor
Glenn T. Morgan ... sound editor
Victoria Rose Sampson ... sound editor (as Vickie Sampson)
Mark Smith ... re-recording mixer
Wylie Stateman ... supervising sound editor
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Mark P. Stoeckinger ... sound editor (as Mark Stoeckinger)
Karen Baker Landers ... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dino Dimuro ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Mark Lanza ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Allen Hall ... special effects
Gary L. Karas ... special effects (as Gary Karas)
Dieter Sturm ... special effects snow maker: Chicago (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Bill Hansard ... process projection (as Bill Hansard Sr.)
Justin Klarenbeck ... special visual effects
David McCullough ... special visual effects (as Dave McCullough)
William Reilly ... motion control technician
Mark M. Pompian ... main title animation (uncredited)
D. Kerry Prior ... special effects artist/storyboards: DQI (uncredited)
Hoyt Yeatman ... special visual effects: DQI (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gregory J. Barnett ... stunts (as Greg Barnett)
Janet Brady ... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. ... stunts (as William H. Burton)
Erik Cord ... stunts (as Eric Cord)
Tim A. Davison ... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Cheryl Wheeler Duncan ... stunts (as Cheryl Wheeler-Dixon)
Annie Ellis ... stunts
Jeannie Epper ... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel ... stunts (as Sandy Gimpel)
Harold Jones ... stunts
Steve Kelso ... stunts
Bill McIntosh ... stunts (as Bill MacIntosh)
John Meier ... stunts (as John C. Meier)
Noon Orsatti ... stunts
Charlie Picerni ... stunt coordinator
Steve Picerni ... stunts
Chad Randall ... stunts
John Robotham ... stunts
Philip Romano ... stunts (as Phil Romano)
Sammy Thurman ... stunts
Scott Wilder ... stunts
Dick Ziker ... stunts
Kenny Bates ... stunts (uncredited)
Leslie Hoffman ... stunt double: Doris Roberts (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff ... truck stunts (uncredited)
Jason White ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mike Amorelli ... assistant chief lighting technician (as Michael Amorelli)
Craig Asato ... second assistant camera: second unit
Charles John Bukey ... best boy grip (as Charles J. Bukey)
Richmond G. Cogswell ... video assist (as Rich Cogswell)
Eric Engler ... director of photography: second unit
Kevin Kelley ... chief lighting technician: second unit (as Kevin Kelly)
Douglas Knapp ... camera operator (as Doug Knapp)
David L. Parrish ... first assistant camera (as David Parrish)
Ron Phillips ... still photographer
Ted Rhodes ... key grip
Scott M. Robinson ... key grip: second unit (as Scott Robinson)
Bill Silic ... chief lighting technician (as William M. Silic) / gaffer (as William M. Silic)
Tama Takahashi ... first assistant camera: second unit
John Wagner ... second assistant camera
Kurt Young ... dolly grip
Kirk Bales ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Albert Hood ... electrician (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke ... musco light operator (uncredited)
Ann Lukacs ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Bill Kroyer ... animator: main title animation (uncredited)
Bob Scott ... animator (uncredited)
Dave Woodman ... assistant animator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Juel Bestrop ... casting assistant
Franklyn Warren ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mari Grimaud ... costume supervisor: women
Eddie Marks ... costume supervisor: men
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell ... set costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Thomas J. Busch ... location manager (as Tom Busch)
Stephen Andrzejewski ... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Robert C. Decker ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Angelo Badalamenti ... orchestrator
Andrew Barrett ... orchestrator (as Andy Barrett)
Jim Harrison ... music editor
Ron Payne ... music supervisor
Charles Samek ... orchestrator
Gary Wasserman ... assistant music editor
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Jeff Bunnell ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Franklin Jones Jr. ... score mixer (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin ... musician: bass (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Michael Waldrop ... drummer (uncredited)
Shirley Walker ... conductor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dan Marrow ... transportation coordinator
Gaston Veilleux ... transportation captain
Robert E. Dingle ... driver (uncredited)
Robert Bruce Robertson ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Ellen Adolph ... production accountant
Katherine E. Beyda ... assistant: Tom Jacobson
Kim Bodner ... production aide
Lisa Boss ... production aide
Chris Ciaffa ... production aide
Craig Dietrich ... production aide
Marcia 'Mavis' Girard ... script supervisor (as Mavis Girard)
Scott E. Hart ... animal handler (as Scott Hart)
Chris Hilsabeck ... production aide
Christie Johnston ... production associate
Eileen Peterson ... unit publicist
Shirley Randles ... craft service
Angel Trujillo ... caterer (as Angel Trujello)
Kirsten Welles ... assistant: Jeremiah Chechik
Ralph Eggleston ... title designer (uncredited)
Joe Santo ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • Christmas Vacation (United States)
  • National Lampoon's Winter Holiday (Ireland, English title)
  • Christmas Vacation (Canada, English title)
  • National Lampoon's Winter Holiday (United Kingdom)
  • Le sapin a les boules (France)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Box Office

Budget $27,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $11,700,000, 03 Dec 1989

Did You Know?

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Trivia After failing to get the Christmas lights to work one last time, Clark Griswold takes his frustration out on the plastic decorations in the front yard. Chevy Chase actually broke his pinky finger while punching Santa Claus. He resorts to kicking and clubbing the decorations after that. The film kept rolling, and the take was used. See more »
Goofs From the interior of the house, the attic ladder is shown as a slide-down, but from the attic, it has a fold-out design. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation/Roger & Me/Triumph of the Spirit/Mystery Train/Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Christmas Vacation See more »
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 »
Quotes Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?
Clark: Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.
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