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The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.


  • Chevy Chase
  • Beverly D'Angelo
  • Imogene Coca
  • Randy Quaid
  • Anthony Michael Hall
  • Dana Barron
  • Eddie Bracken
  • Brian Doyle-Murray
  • Miriam Flynn
  • James Keach

Did You Know?


  • The poster art was by fantasy illustrator Boris Vallejo, and is a parody of the poster art for Conan the Barbarian (1982).
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  • When Clark is getting undressed to swim with the "Ferrari Girl" he pulls his boxers off, yet when he jumps in and is swimming you can clearly see he's wearing flesh-colored briefs.
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    • Clark Griswald: Could I do your back, honey?
    • Ellen Griswold: I've already done my back.
    • Clark Griswald: Could I do your front?
    • Ellen Griswold: Go do your own front.
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This is a nearly universal theme and might provide the spine for a funny comedy. [29 July 1983, p.C1]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

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 Harold (Caddyshack) Ramis and screenwriter John (National Lampoon's Class Reunion) Hughes to demonstrate that some movie stars get the colleagues they deserve. [2 Aug 1983]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)