July 29th, 1983


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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)

Director: 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 - Grover
John Candy - Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld
Christie Brinkley - The Girl in the Ferrari
Jane Krakowski - Cousin Vicki

Taglines: 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(estimated)

Gross: $61,400,000 (USA)

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.

Clark: [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 comedy.

4.5/5 stars --

John Ulmer