The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 7.3/10 (31,724 voted)

Harold Ramis

Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca

The Griswold family are on a quest. A quest to a Walley World theme park for a family vacation, but things aren't going to go exactly as planned, especially when Clark Griswold is losing all thought towards a mysterious blonde in a red Ferrari.

Writers: John Hughes, John Hughes


Chevy Chase

Clark Griswold

Beverly D'Angelo

Ellen Griswold

Imogene Coca

Aunt Edna

Randy Quaid

Cousin Eddie

Anthony Michael Hall

Russell 'Rusty' Griswold

Dana Barron

Audrey Griswold

Eddie Bracken

Roy Walley

Brian Doyle-Murray

Kamp Komfort Clerk

Miriam Flynn

Cousin Catherine

James Keach

Motorcycle Cop

Eugene Levy

Car Salesman

Frank McRae


John Candy

Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld

Christie Brinkley

The Girl in the Ferrari

Jane Krakowski

Cousin Vicki

Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.

Release Date: 29 July 1983

Filming Locations: Alamosa, Colorado, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000


Gross: $61,400,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Based on the article "Vacation 58" by John Hughes, which appeared in September 1979 issue of National Lampoon.


Revealing mistakes:
When Clark falls onto the skeleton when wandering in the desert, a jaw spring can be seen in the back of the skull. This is used in the lab to keep the jaw shut, but obviously wouldn't be on a skull in the middle of nowhere.


[to the campground cashier]
37 dollars for three tents?

User Review

How To Make A Timeless, Original, Hysterical, Satirical Comedy.

Rating: 10/10

Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he
went too far.

Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold, the typical American businessman.
Well, almost a basic businessman. He works in food preservatives. Beverly
D'Angelo plays his wife, Anthony Michael Hall plays Rusty, his teenage son,
and Dana Barron plays his daughter Audrey . This summer, Clark has decided
to go all out and take a vacation with his family to "Walley World," a theme
park spoof on Disney World, owned by "Roy Walley".

Basically, this film starts out strong and ends strong. There are many gut
grabbing scenes, and the film never resorts to gross out humor. The biggest
gross out is when Clark bites into a sandwich a dog leaked on, but that's a
different story.

Along the way to Walley World, everything and everything that can go wrong
does, and Clark ends up with Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca), who adds more fun to
this wallop of a comedy.

The laughter just escalates more and more as we see Clark's dreams flush
down the toilet farther and farther, and I can't tell you how much I laughed
at some of the scenes.

"Vacation" isn't typical National Lampoon fare.

Chevy Chase gives by far his best performance (akthough he acts just as well
in "Christmas Vacation") as Clark, a real optimist, go get'm kind of guy,
who completely snaps toward the end of the film. The rest of the cast does
well, and Beverly D'Angelo does surprisingly well as a house wife. The two
children, Audrey and Rusy, squawk at each other, but not to the point of
obnoxious, which is another good thing about this film.

Is it no surprise that John Hughes, the king writer/director of the 80's
comedy films wrote this, or that Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters,
Striped, Analyze This) directed the film?

With cameos by the likes of John Candy, Eugene Levy, Brian Doyle Murray (who
played Clark's boss in "Christmas Vacation"), and more, "Vacation" is a
comedic triumph of the eighties that is now an icon of how to make a good

4.5/5 stars —

John Ulmer