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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.

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Stephen Kessler

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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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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last cinema film of Sid Caesar. See more »

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When the family arrives at the Hoover Dam, Cousin Catherine says she loves electricity, and that Eddie has said they will get it soon. However, earlier in the film when Ellen and Catherine were in the kitchenette of the trailer, Ellen opens the fridge door, and the light is on, so it is powered. Perhaps by a generator, but it's still electricity. See more »

Quotes

Clark Griswold: Eddie, has anyone ever told you you're bad luck?
Cousin Eddie: Those were my mother's dying words. But I guess if your body's covered in third degree burns, and your foot's caught in a bear trap, you tend to start talkin' crazy.
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It's funny, not smart.
26 December 2000 | by llihillohSee all my reviews

I can honestly say that I am one of the few "Vacation" lovers that found "Vegas Vacation" really entertaining.

I've found out that most people dislike this movie because of the writing or perhaps the actors. Here's an insider tip to help you get through this hilarious film: DON'T THINK OF IT AS A MOVIE SET OUT TO MAKE A POINT ABOUT SOMETHING. IT IS MEANT TO MAKE YOU LAUGH, AND THAT'S ABOUT IT. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Okay, the accomplished part is from my point of view. I've seen a number of pointless films. Especially in the past year or so. Anyway, this IS a movie with a dumb story line to go off of. I'll admit to that. But I think that it is filled with clever and hysterical situations. Yeah, yeah, that is just my opinion and nobody really cares, but just deal with me here.

Chevy Chase and Beverly DeAngelo reprise their roles as the quirky yet lovable Griswolds. Marisol Nichols gives an alright performance as Audrey. But Ethan Embry is extremely funny as Rusty. Randy Quaid is, as always, hilarious as Cousin Eddie. The whole cast is great.

The problems that each of the Griswold members run into are creative and amusing. Clarke with his inability to stop gambling. Ellen with her semi-obsession with Wayne Newton. Rusty with his wanting to gamble but more importantly, his lucky streak with the four cars that he wins. And Audrey with her dancing career ready to take off. All of them are good.

So, like I've said, this movie was meant to be funny and it was. Some intelligent writing was put into it but not a whole lot. That's fine. I enjoyed it, and I'm probably alone on that one.


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