National Lampoon's Vacation

1983, Comedy/Adventure, 1h 38m

44 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Blessed by a brilliantly befuddled star turn from Chevy Chase, National Lampoon's Vacation is one of the more consistent -- and thoroughly quotable -- screwball comedies of the 1980s. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

Chevy Chase
Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Jr.
Beverly D'Angelo
Ellen Griswold
Christie Brinkley
The Girl in the Ferrari
Anthony Michael Hall
Russell "Rusty" Griswold
Randy Quaid
Cousin Eddie
Dana Barron
Audrey Griswold
John Candy
Lasky, Guard at Walleyworld
Brian Doyle-Murray
Kamp Komfort Clerk
Eugene Levy
Car Salesman
Robert Grand
Associate Producer
Ralph Burns
Original Music
Victor J. Kemper
Cinematographer
Jack T. Collis
Production Designer
Robert Harris Jr.
Costume Designer
Barbara Siebert
Costume Designer
Robert Grand
Unit Production Manager
Ross Brown
Second Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen
Assistant Director
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Audience Reviews for National Lampoon's Vacation

  • Jul 19, 2015
    Mass hysteria. One of the funniest films from the mid 80's which is saying a lot. An all around hilarious film
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2014
    National Lampoon's Vacation is a very good comedy film that is one of the finest comedies of the 80's. With a great cast lead by Chevy Chase. The film is engaging from start to finish, and there are several memorable scenes in the film. I really enjoyed the film, and I'm glad that I finally got to see it. What makes the film work well is the great chemistry between the cast, and the script is very well written, with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Vacation is great fun from start to finish, and is a must see for viewers that need to watch something humorous, well acted and memorable. This is a great comedy and is well worth your time. Chevy Chase is at his funniest here, along with the sequel that would follow a few years later after European Vacation, Christmas Vacation. The film is very good and delivers effective laughs throughout. The script like I said is well written, with a good story that is simple, yet is peppered with good gags, National Lampoon's Vacation is a memorable comedy that ranks among the finest films of the 80's. I think it's a shame however that only one sequel in this series matched this film because, there could have been a few memorable entries, and however European Vacation and Vegas Vacation would never match this movie. Stick with this film as well as Christmas Vacation and forget the other two films in the series ever happened. With good acting, effective jokes and plenty of memorable moments on-screen, National Lampoon's Vacation is a film well worth your time, and ranks among the comedy classics of the 80's.
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  • Apr 23, 2013
    This is for sure one of the most remember and one of the comedy movies that is the characteristic of the 80's American humour.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    Directed by Harold Ramis and written by John Hughes, National Lampoon's Vacation is an outrageous comedy about the American family vacation. The Griswolds, an All-American family, head off to the California theme park Walley World for their summer vacation, but they have to go through hell to get there. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo lead the cast and have great chemistry together. And, there are featured performances by Eugene Levy, Christie Brinkley, and John Candy; which are all hilarious and fun. The satire about vacationing is especially clever and done perfectly. The soundtrack is also exceptional, and includes the classic songs "Holiday Road" and "Dancin' Across the U.S.A." However, the R rated comedy bits holds National Lampoon's Vacation back a bit, yet it still manages to deliver an entertaining adventure that's full of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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