• National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)

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Release Date: August 24th, 2001

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 1997

R|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
Accompanied by their children (Dana Barron, Anthony Michael Hall), Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and his wife, Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), are driving from Illinois to a California amusement park. As Clark increasingly fixates on a beautiful woman driving a sports car, the Griswolds deal with car problems and the death of a family member. They reach Los Angeles, but, when Clark worries that the trip is being derailed again, he acts impulsively to get his family to the park.

Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Christie Brinkley, Anthony Michael Hall, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, John Candy

Director: Harold Ramis

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The film is primarily an excuse for Chase to demonstrate that though he may be a movie star he has yet to learn how to create, let alone sustain, a character, and for director Harold (Caddyshack) Ramis and screenwriter John (National Lampoon's Class Reunion) Hughes to demonstrate that some movie stars get the colleagues they deserve. [2 Aug 1983]

  • There are two, maybe three, good gags in National Lampoon's Vacation, which otherwise is poorly paced, sloppily put together, and full of inept, ill-conceived performances. show more

  • National Lampoon's Vacation, which is more controlled than other Lampoon movies have been, is careful not to stray too far from its target. The result is a confident humor and throwaway style that helps sustain the laughs - of which there are quite a few. show more

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