National Lampoon's Vacation

Warner Bros. Released 1983




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Movie Summary

Harold Ramis

Clark Griswold is a food additives researcher and suburban family man. Eager to bond with his beautiful wife, Ellen Griswold, and his moody kids, Russel Griswold and Audrey Griswold, he packs up and drags the family out on a cross-country road trip to explore everything in the United States from Chicago, Illinois to Wally World in Los Angeles, California. Since this is a National Lampoon film and thus a comedy, it is to be expected that things do not turn out at all as Clark had expected them to. Follow the Griswolds on their epic west-bound adventure across the United States of America, as they deal with everything from a crappy rental car, to a disastrous skinny dipping experience, to some wacky relatives.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    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 thro...

  • 70

    Newsweek David Ansen

    While there are few huge laughs, the very lack of pushiness in Harold Ramis's direction comes as comic relief. [8 Aug 1983, p.55]

  • 50

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    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 Haro...

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

Clark Griswold

Beverly D'Angelo

Beverly D'Angelo

Ellen Griswold

Anthony Michael Hall

Anthony Michael Hall

Russell 'Rusty' Griswold

Randy Quaid

Randy Quaid

Cousin Eddie

Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis

Car salesman (voice)

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    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $61,399,552 (11th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $159,054,078

    • Filming locations include:
      Santa Clarita, California
      Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California
      Alamosa, Colorado
      Chicago, Illinois
      Durango, Colorado
      Flagstaff, Arizona
      Burbank Studios, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Monument Valley, Utah
      Santa Monica, California,
      Pueblo, Colorado
      Arcadia, California
      Sedona, Arizona
      Valencia, California
      St. Louis, Missouri
      Glendale, California, USA

    • Tagline:
      Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.

    • Music:
      Holiday Road
      Written and Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
      Dancin' 'cross the U.S.A.
      Written and Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
      Little Boy Sweet
      Written by Peter Ivers and Franne Golde
      Performed by June Pointer
      He's So Dull
      Performed by Vanity 6
      Blitzkrieg Bop
      Written and Performed by the Ramones
      Mr. Blue
      Written by DeWayne Blackwell
      Performed by The Fleetwoods
      I'm So Excited
      Written by Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Ruth Pointer and Trevor Lawrence
      Performed by The Pointer Sisters
      Walley World National Anthem
      Music by Bruce Belland and Roy M. Rogosin
      Lyrics by John Hughes, Bruce Belland and Roy M. Rogosin


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