National Lampoon's Vacation
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.
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.
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)
"...Fast, funny satire....Chase plays Clark
Griswold with much more of an edge than he's brought to any other
"...An enjoyable trip through family comedy
landscapes....There's plenty of fun here for anybody who can relate
from the front or back seat..."
"...Very funny....Chase, as Clark Griswold,
finally lived up to all that early SNL promise..."
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