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Vegas Vacation (1997)

PG | | Comedy | 14 February 1997 (USA)
In the fourth outing for the vacation franchise, the Griswolds have to survive Vegas fever when they go to Las Vegas for a fun family vacation.

Director:

Stephen Kessler

Writers:

Elisa Bell (story), Bob Ducsay (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo ... Ellen Griswold
Randy Quaid ... Cousin Eddie
Ethan Embry ... Rusty Griswold
Marisol Nichols ... Audrey Griswold
Miriam Flynn ... Cousin Catherine
Shae D'lyn ... Cousin Vicki
Wayne Newton ... Wayne Newton
Siegfried Fischbacher Siegfried Fischbacher ... Siegfried (as Siegfried)
Roy Horn Roy Horn ... Roy (as Roy)
Wallace Shawn ... Marty
Sid Caesar ... Old Guy
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Limo Driver
Sly Smith ... Mirage Security Guard
Julia Sweeney ... Mirage Reception Person
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Storyline

When Clark Griswold puts his mind to something, we soon realize he hasn't got one. Still, nothing stops him when the vacation bug hits. This time, he's chosen Las Vegas, the new family entertainment capital of America! Chevy Chase returns as bubbly, bumbling Clark in Vegas Vacation, a jokers-are-wild laugh fest including two other stars from past Vacations. Beverly D'Angelo is back as wife Ellen, doting on the guy she calls "Sparky," and Randy Quaid again delights as grubby goof ball Cousin Eddie. Ethan Embry (That Thing You Do!) and screen-debuting Marisol Nichols are Griswold teens who love the round-the-clock nightlife - as long as they don't share it with Mom and Dad! From Seigfried and Roy's extravaganza to a Hoover Dam tour, from cruising to losing (Wallace Shawn as a shifty blackjack dealer) to amorous crooning (Wayne Newton falls for Ellen): watch Clark try to keep family and wallet together! Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

This time the Griswolds are on a roll.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sensuality, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's Las Vegas Vacation See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,837,927, 16 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,429,528, 1 June 1997
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the guitarists playing on the cover version of "All Along the Watchtower" in the film, is Marc Ferrari. Ferrari was best known for being a guitarist in the 1980s metal band Keel, who scored hits with tracks like "Because the Night" and "The Right to Rock", as well as for playing a Crucial Tault band member in the Wayne's World movies. Ron Keel, vocalist of Ferrari's band Keel, resided in Las Vegas for many years. See more »

Goofs

When the tour bus crashes into Wayne Newton's house you can see that it's not Clark driving the bus nor Eddie sitting next to him. See more »

Quotes

Hoover Dam Guide: Welcome everyone. I am your dam guide, Arnie. Now I'm about to take you through a fully funtional power plant, so please, no one wander off the dam tour and please take all the dam pictures you want. Now are there any dam questions?
Cousin Eddie: Yeah, where can I get some damn bait?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits list Sid Caesar's character as the generic title of "old man", even though the character is given a proper name, Mr. Ellis, in the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cine Terapia: Cine Terapia - Axel Kuschevatzky (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way You Look Tonight
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern
Performed by Gary Le Mel (as Gary LeMel)
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
What's not to like? This movie is a classic like the first.
9 August 2004 | by tvandagriffSee all my reviews

I've read many comments about the Vacation movies. Most people give the original "Vacation" high marks, but trash the others. I think a lot of people just like to be pick on Chevy Chase. "Vacation" is the best, but I liked the sequels and "Vegas Vacation" is my favorite of them. My kids just love to watch "Vegas Vacation". You can't pop in the DVD expecting to watch a movie that will be thought provoking or life altering. It was made to make people laugh and it accomplishes that very well. Chevy Chase and cast are very funny in this movie. The Wayne Newton bit was great. I love going to Vegas, and I love this movie. When my wife and I fly to Vegas, we always kid about going to the bathroom to join "the club" like Clark and Ellen. Numerous other things remind us of the movie when we are in Vegas, and it has made those trips even more enjoyable. Just wish Chevy would do another "Vacation" movie.


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