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National Lampoon's Vacation
- Chevy Chase

Overview - Join the Griswolds, a typical suburban family, on their summer vacation, a cross-county trip to their favorite amusement park, Walley World. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong in this outrageous farce, featuring the comic genius of Chevy Chase as the desperate dad looking for fun and Beverly D'Angelo as his willing wife.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Join the Griswolds, a typical suburban family, on their summer vacation, a cross-county trip to their favorite amusement park, Walley World. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong in this outrageous farce, featuring the comic genius of Chevy Chase as the desperate dad looking for fun and Beverly D'Angelo as his willing wife. As they wind their way across the country, the Griswolds are forced to survive a series of absurd events and wacky detours. By the time they finally reach the gates of Walley World, they are more desperate for fun than ever.

Cast List

John Candy - Canadian Actor/Comedian
Beverly D'Angelo - American actress, NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
Anthony Michael Hall - American Actor
Randy Quaid - American Actor, THE LAST DETAIL
Dana Barron
Christie Brinkley - Model/Actress
Jack T. Collis - Production Designer
Jack Collis - Production Designer
Matty Simmons
Barbara Siebert - Costumes
Barbara Siebert Bolticoff - Costumes
Victor J. Kemper - Director of Photography, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Victor Kemper - Director of Photography, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Robert Grand - associate producer
Pembroke Herring - American Editor
Pembroke J. Herring - American Editor
Pem Herring - American Editor
Chevy Chase - American actor, comedian, VACATION
Cornelius Crane Chase - American actor, comedian, VACATION
Imogene Coca - American Comedienne
John Hughes - American Director/Writer/Producer
Edmond Dantes - American Director/Writer/Producer
Harold Ramis - Actor/Writer/Director
Robert Harris Jr. - costume designer

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 100
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929130917
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2012

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Related Keywords:
Adventure
Family Interaction
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Synopsis:
The Griswolds are determined to make it to Walley World, their favorite amusement park, in this riotous story of an average American family on a road trip. From the moment they pile into their beat-up car and set off on their cross-county adventure, everything that can go wrong does. Chevy Chase is sublimely funny as Clark Griswold, the desperate dad determined to have a good time. With his cynical kids (Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron) packed into the backseat and his willing wife (Beverly D'Angelo) by his side, he is ready for the trip of a lifetime. Clark has planned the trip down to the minute, including interesting side trips, like looking at the world's biggest ball of twine. As his plans deteriote and one disaster leads to another, the Griswolds run across an insane cast of characters on the highways and biways between Chicago and California, including a zany cousin played by Randy Quaid and an aunt (Imogene Coca) who never quite ends up where she expected. When they finally make it to Walley World, the Griswolds are determined to have a good time, at any cost. John Candy's cameo as a security guard is hysterical. Director Harold Ramis never lets up the pace as the Griswolds' family vacation spirals way out of control.

Notes:
Released in the USA August 1983. The script initially cited the amusement park as Disneyland, but representatives of the park balked, saying that their theme park was open 365 days a year, unlike Walley World. Christie Brinkley made her feature-film acting debut in the film as a woman attracted to Clark (Chevy Chase). "Why aren't we flying? Because getting there is half the fun."--Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) "Sorry, folks, park's closed; moose out front should have told you."--security guard Lasky (John Candy)

Reviews:
"...Fast, funny satire....Chase plays Clark Griswold with much more of an edge than he's brought to any other recent roles..." - 07/29/1983 New York Times, p.C10


"...An enjoyable trip through family comedy landscapes....There's plenty of fun here for anybody who can relate from the front or back seat..." - 08/03/1983 Variety


"...Very funny....Chase, as Clark Griswold, finally lived up to all that early SNL promise..." - 08/22/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.118

 
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