National Lampoon's Vacation

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The first film in the Vacation comedy franchise stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an ad exec who becomes consumed with taking his family cross-country to Wally World, a California amusement park. Less a vacation than a descent into a peculiarly American kind of hell, the Griswolds suffer through an endless series of catastrophes, culminating in a run-in with the law.
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The first film in the Vacation comedy franchise stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an ad exec who becomes consumed with taking his family cross-country to Wally World, a California amusement park. Less a vacation than a descent into a peculiarly American kind of hell, the Griswolds suffer through an endless series of catastrophes, culminating in a run-in with the law.
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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Considering the number of talented people involved in this film, it is not surprising that the laughs are constant. Conversely, considering the number of talented people involved in this film, it is surprising it isn't a bit sharper and deeper with its comedy. Harold Ramis showed in subsequent comedies that he was capable of finding an emotional level to match the laughs (Groundhog Day, Stuart Saves His Family, and even, to a lesser extent, Ghostbusters), and screenwriter John Hughes invested the seemingly overworked teen film with some honest feelings in his screenplays for such '80s classics as Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Some Kind of Wonderful. There are easily two-dozen very funny scenes in this film. Chevy Chase does a fine job of modulating his performance so that he slowly becomes more and more unglued until all his pent-up frustrations are released in a hilarious monologue
ant to his family, and in his threatening of John Candy's park worker. There is no doubt that Vacation is funny, but watching the films mentioned before (as well as Animal House, another National Lampoon film which Ramis co-wrote) reveals that it is possible to make a slob comedy that is populated by characters with some depth. Vacation succeeds as a comedy, but fails to resonate emotionally.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1999
  • UPC: 085391717331
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chevy Chase Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo Ellen Griswold
Anthony Michael Hall Rusty Griswold
Imogene Coca Aunt Edna
Randy Quaid Cousin Eddie
Dana Barron Audrey Griswold
John Candy Lasky
Eddie Bracken Walley
Christie Brinkley Girl
Denny Freeman Policeman
John P. Navin Jr. Cousin Dale
Brian Doyle-Murray Kamp Komfort Clerk
Miriam Flynn Cousin Katherine
James Keach Motorcycle Cop
Eugene Levy Car salesman
Frank McRae Grover
Jane Krakowski Cousin Vicki
Nathan Cook Man Giving Directions
Christopher Jackson Pimp
Mickey Jones Mechanic
John Diehl Assistant Mechanic
Jeannie Dimter Barton Dodge City Cashier
Randolph Dreyfuss Wyatt Earp
Gerry Black Davenport
James Staley Motel Desk Clerk
Tessa Richarde Motel Guest
Fritz Ford Neighbor
Scott Perry Swat Leader
Michael Talbott Cowboy
Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director
Marty Bolger Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Robert P. Cohen Asst. Director
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Robert Grand Associate Producer
Robert Harris Jr. Costumes/Costume Designer
Pem Herring Editor
Paul Herring Editor
John Hughes Producer, Screenwriter
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Barbara Siebert-Boticoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Matty Simmons Producer
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