National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Dana Barron Audrey Griswold
Eddie Bracken Walley
Christie Brinkley Girl
John Candy Lasky
Chevy Chase Clark Griswold
Imogene Coca Aunt Edna
Beverly D'Angelo Ellen Griswold
Anthony Michael Hall Rusty Griswold
Randy Quaid Cousin Eddie
Michael Talbott Cowboy
Movie Details
Genre Comedy
Director Harold Ramis
Producer Matty Simmons
Writer John Hughes
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 98 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Far superior to its sequels, National Lampoon's Vacation chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Griswolds (Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Barron and Anthony Michael Hall) as they trek cross-country in search of fun and recreation at the mythical WallyWorld theme park. Along the way, they get lost in East St. Louis (in what some may consider a racist scene involving black youths stripping the brand-new family station wagon clean while Chase unwittingly asks a belligerent pimp for directions), stop to visit some hillbilly relatives (Randy Quaid is hilarious as the down-on-his-luck patriarch), pick up their cantankerous Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca), dispose of her corpse after she passes away in the back seat, narrowly skirt death after crashing through a roadside billboard in the desert, and stay at a hotel where Chase is tempted by a seductive swimmer (Christy Brinkley). Having endured a journey more trying than Homer's Odyssey, they finally arrive at WallyWorld — only to find it is closed for two weeks for renovations...wackiness ensues as Clark snaps and takes a security guard hostage John Candy. Chase is good as everyman Clark Griswold, as is D'Angelo as his wife, and Candy is a scene-stealer as a stodgy, dim-witted park security guard. Among the funniest scenes are Clark's swim at the motel, the visit to the Grand Canyon, and the encounter with the state trooper regarding Aunt Edna's missing dog. Much of the humor in National Lampoon's Vacation is indicative of the '80s general lack of taste in comedies (particularly its exploitation of racial stereotypes and incest humor), but a good portion of the film is still laugh-out-loud funny thanks to a game cast. — Jeremy Beday
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 354
Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 085392753529
Chapters 33
Release Date 2/3/2004
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen