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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

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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When cousin Vicki is being dropped off at home by the blue truck, it is a reference to Showgirls (1995) in which the main character (also a stripper) is picked up by a guy in a blue truck. See more »

Goofs

In the very beginning of the movie (over the opening credits), a Chicago radio station is heard playing while Clark is driving home. The call letters are KLITE(pronounced on the radio as K-Light). There never was a Chicago radio station with those call letters. In fact, radio stations east of the Mississippi river start with "W". West of the Mississippi they start with "K". See more »

Quotes

Cousin Vicki: Hey, you wanna dance up here?
Audrey Griswold: No, I don't think so.
Cousin Vicki: Audrey, honey, let me tell you something that I've learned. In this world you're either up on the stage in the spotlight, or down in the pit serving drinks. So have some fun.
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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 »

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Japanese World
Written by Mark Mueller and Craig Safan
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User Reviews

What Happens in Vegas...
21 August 2016 | by sol-See all my reviews

Mayhem ensues when the Griswolds go to Las Vegas in this fourth film in the 'Vacation' franchise. Chevy Chase is solid as always and Wallace Shawn has a fun extended cameo this time round as a condescending croupier, but with minimal road trip elements here, the dynamic is not quite as juicy as the first or even second film. The plot basically consists of each member of the Griswold clan having their own individual Vegas experiences, and while there is quite a bit of oddball humour in how Rusty makes it as a gambling king, there is not a lot of interest in Audrey becoming a Vegas dancer, Ellen being seduced by Wayne Netwon or Clark's gambling debt woes (Shawn's role in the matter aside). The recasting of the kids (yet again) also works against the film; while Marisol Nichols and Ethan Embry are both older than the characters they are playing, they don't look it, while Chase - with grey hair now - looks older than ever. Randy Quaid also has far too much screen time for his own good as the abrasive cousin Eddie and it is hard to know what to make of a scene in which Quaid and Chase visit an outskirts casino with "what number am I thinking of" gambling games. The solution to Chase's gambling woes comes a little too easily too. There are, however, enough scattered good moments here to make the film possibly worth a look. The return of the blonde in a convertible (from the first film) is a nice touch, some dam wordplay surprisingly works well, a sun-roof incident is quite funny and what a way the film depicts to obtain a fake ID!


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