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National Lampoon’s Vacation Movie – The 80s Movies Rewind

National Lampoon's Vacation Picture

Christie Brinkley works her charms on the road in the iconic scene…

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Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Eddie Bracken, Christie Brinkley, Brian Doyle-Murray, Miriam Flynn, James Keach, Eugene Levy, Frank McRae, John Candy Update Cast

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Look for Harold Ramis making a cameo appearance!

Directed by 80’s director/actor Harold Ramis (“Caddyshack, “Stripes”, “Ghostbusters 1” & “2”) National Lampoon’s Vacation tells the hilarious story of The Griswold’s family trip from their leafy suburban Chicago home to Wally World Theme Park in sunny California.

The film commences at a sterotypically dodgy car dealership where Clark Griswold (Chase) has gone with son (Michael Hall) to trade in the “old gas guzzler” and pick up the new “Antarctic Blue Super Sports Wagon with CB and optional family fun pack”. The dealer… with fantastic permed mullet!… informs that the car won’t be delivered for another six weeks and thus offers a dated family wagon instead, Griswold declines the offer initially but after seeing that his ‘gas guzzler’ has been crushed beyond repair, has no choice but to reluctantly accept.

This first ‘deviation’ from inept but sincere Clark’s carefully plotted route across the West is the first of… well, nothing goes according to plan… yet Clarke keeps cracking the goofy remarks regardless of his predictiment, be it lost in a Harlem-like neighbourhood, or when he accidentally kills the dog, then the sour Aunt Edna perishes, they lose all their holiday money and wreck the new car… of course they haven’t got to Wally World yet for the hysterical conclusion where Clark finally snaps and the fun really starts!

National Lampoon’s Vacation is a classic big studio 80’s family comedy, it is definitely a product of it’s time… one scene which highlights this is when Chevy Chase’s character takes a black security guard hostage and commands him like a dog… sit, down, stay, etc.

Another scene has the young daughter, aged 12 smoking marijuana, it is unlikely that these scenes would appear in big studio family comedies of the 90’s and Millennium.

The wardrobe for the film is great with the cast adorned in pink & green LaCoste polo shirts, Converse footwear and plenty of other top 80’s gear. Christie Brinkley is the archetypal 80’s babe.

Vacation is filled with imagery and artefacts of the decade and is a throughly enjoyable, fun movie.


Very silly and very funny movie with a great cast and many comic moments.


Not for ‘high brow’ movie lovers!

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National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) – Rotten Tomatoes


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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.

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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. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Apr 23, 2013

    This is for sure one of the most remember and one of the comedy movies that is the

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National Lampoon’s Vacation – Wikipedia

National Lampoon’s Vacation, sometimes referred to as Vacation, is a 1983 American road comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall. John Candy, Imogene Coca, Christie Brinkley and a young Jane Krakowski appear in supporting roles. The screenplay was written by John Hughes, based on his short story “Vacation ’58” which appeared in National Lampoon.

The film was a box-office hit, earning more than $60 million in the U.S. with an estimated budget of $15 million, and received positive reviews from critics. As a result of its success, four sequels have been produced: European Vacation (1985), Christmas Vacation (1989), Vegas Vacation (1997), and most recently, Vacation (2015) which serves as both a reboot and a continuation. In 2000, readers of Total Film voted it the 46th greatest comedy film of all time.[3] It continues to be a cult film and a staple on cable television.

Clark Griswold, wanting to spend more time with his wife Ellen and children Rusty and Audrey, decides to lead the family on a cross-country expedition from the Chicago suburbs to the southern California amusement park Walley World, billed as “America’s Favorite Family Fun Park.” Ellen wants to fly, but Clark insists on driving, so he can bond with his family. He has ordered a new car in preparation for the trip, but the dealer claims that it will not be ready for six weeks. Clark is forced to accept a Wagon Queen Family Truckster, an ugly, out-sized station wagon, as the 2nd generation Vista Cruiser he brought to trade in has already been hauled away and crushed.

During the family’s travels, they experience numerous mishaps, such as being tagged by vandals in East St. Louis, Illinois, while Clark is tantalized on numerous occasions by a beautiful young woman driving a flashy red Ferrari 308 GTS. They stop in Coolidge, Kansas to visit Ellen’s cousin Catherine and her husband Eddie, who foist cranky Aunt Edna and her mean dog Dinky on the Griswolds, asking them to drop her off at her son Norman’s home in Phoenix. After stopping at a decrepit and dirty campground in South Fork, Colorado for the night, Clark forgets to untie Dinky’s leash from the bumper before driving off the next morning, killing the dog. A state trooper pulls the Griswolds over and angrily lectures Clark over animal cruelty but accepts Clark’s apology; Edna learns of her dog’s death and becomes more irate with Clark. Exiting Colorado, Ellen loses her bag which had her credit cards.

While Ellen and Clark argue during a drive between Utah and Arizona, they crash and become stranded in the desert near Monument Valley. Clark and Rusty have a bonding experience explaining why he wants to take this vacation. After setting off alone in the desert to look for help, Clark eventually reunites with his family, who have been rescued and taken

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Wikipedia

1989 US family comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a 1989 American comedy film, it is the third installment in National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, and was written by John Hughes, based on his short story in National Lampoon magazine, “Christmas ’59”.[2] The film stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid, with Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki as the Griswold children Audrey and Rusty, respectively.[3]

Since its release, Christmas Vacation has often been labeled as a modern Christmas classic[citation needed]. It is widely regarded as the best sequel of the Vacation series[citation needed], and is the only sequel to have its own direct sequel: a 2003 made-for-TV release titled National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure. Christmas Vacation is the last theatrical Vacation film to carry the National Lampoon label and to feature a screenwriting credit from Hughes.

Chicago resident Clark Griswold plans to have a great Christmas with his entire family. He gathers his wife Ellen, daughter Audrey, and son Rusty and drives out to the country to a tree farm. After walking through the snow for hours, Clark finds the largest tree he can. Realizing too late that they did not bring any tools to cut the tree down, they are forced to uproot it instead, before driving home with the tree strapped to the roof of their car.

Soon after, both Clark’s and Ellen’s parents arrive to spend Christmas, but their bickering quickly begins to annoy the family. Clark, however, maintains a positive attitude, determined to have a “fun old-fashioned family Christmas.” He covers the house’s entire exterior with 25,000 twinkle lights, which fail to work at first, as he has accidentally wired them through his garage’s light switch. When they finally come on, they temporarily cause a citywide power shortage and create chaos for Clark’s yuppie neighbors, Todd and Margo. While standing on the front lawn admiring the lights, Clark is shocked to see Ellen’s redneck cousin Catherine and her husband Eddie, as they arrive unannounced with their children, Rocky and Ruby Sue, and their Rottweiler dog, Snots. Eddie later admits that they are living in the RV they arrived in, as he is broke and has been forced to sell his home and acreage. Clark offers to buy gifts for Eddie’s kids so they can still enjoy Christmas. Soon afterward, Clark’s Aunt Bethany and Uncle Lewis arrive as well.

Clark begins to wonder why his boss Frank Shirley has not given him his yearly bonus, which he desperately needs to replace an advance payment he has made to install a swimming pool for the coming summer. After a disastrous Christmas Eve dinner, along with Uncle Lewis accidentally burning down the Christmas tree, he finally receives an envelope from a company messenger, who had failed to deliver it the day before. Instead of the presumed bonus, the envelope contains a free year’s membership for the “Jelly

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