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The Great Outdoors

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A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 6.1/10 (13,089 voted)

Howard Deutch

Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy

Big-hearted Chicago family man Chet has brought his family to a lakeside resort area, and although his wife and kids aren't quite as excited as he is, Chet has high hopes for the vacation. However, his optimism is sabotaged when his obnoxious brother-in-law Roman drops in unexpectedly, along with his snooty, strange family. Chet and his family try to stay open-minded, but they find it difficult to relax and enjoy themselves because of the constant annoyance of Roman's presence.


Dan Aykroyd

Roman Craig

John Candy

Chet Ripley

Stephanie Faracy

Connie Ripley

Annette Bening

Kate Craig

Chris Young

Buck Ripley

Ian Giatti

Ben Ripley

Hilary Gordon

Cara Craig

Rebecca Gordon

Mara Craig

Robert Prosky


Zoaunne LeRoy


Lucy Deakins


Nancy Lenehan


John Bloom


Lewis Arquette


Britt Leach


A week in the woods with Roman and Chet: This is no holiday…this is war!

Release Date: 17 June 1988

Filming Locations: Bass Lake, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $24,000,000


Gross: $41,455,230

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Annette Bening's Film Debut


Buck is shown at the carnival in a steady downpour of rain, although neither he nor any of the people are wet.


Bear… bear… Big Bear… big bear chase meeeeeeee…!

User Review

As long as Dan and John make me laugh, I love this movie

Rating: 10/10

The Great Outdoors is one of the most under rated comedies that I have
ever seen! It's actually one of my hidden favorites, because this is
the type of comedy that I love, slap stick. Dan and John make such a
great comedic duo in The Great Outdoors, you can't help but laugh
hysterically at every scene or be touched by a sentimental moment. I
miss stories like this, that are not only heart warming but have a
great mix of comedy as well.

Chet is a family man who wants to bond with his songs on a camping
trip, so he, his wife, and their boys go out to the great outdoors. But
an uninvited guest tags along, their rich and snobby cousins Roman and
Kate and their two Shinning creepy twin girls. Since Roman likes to
live it up, he practically jumps all over Chet's plans and just takes
over the vacation!

There are some great scenes like a bat gets loose in the cabin and Chet
and Roman decide to take it on themselves. The bat gets onto Chet's
face and Roman hits the bat and Chet's face with a tennis racket!
Chet's reaction is just priceless! And they go to a restaurant where
Chet has the opportunity to eat a 16 ounce steak and if he eats the
whole thing, the family eats for free, and they do it like as if he was
Rocky in his first major boxing match, it was just great to watch. The
Great outdoors is one of those great under rated comedies that I'm sure
you'll fall in love with.