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National Lampoon's Vacation [DVD] [1983]

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall
  • Directors: Harold Ramis
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: Matty Simmons, Robert Grand
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 1999
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYR9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,817 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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West Coast's Walley World theme park is the holiday destination for the Griswold family, who intend to drive cross-country from their Chicago base. Father Clark (Chevy Chase) has planned the trip down to its last detail, but the trouble begins as soon as they hit the road. Unexpectedly forced to share car space with grumpy aunt Edna, and missing out on their chance to see the world's largest ball of twine, their woe is complete when they arrive at Walley World - to find that it has closed down. The Griswolds suffer further holiday nightmares in 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' and 'National Lampoon's European Vacation'.

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Vacation paved the way for the John Hughes movie dynasty of the 1980s. Written by Hughes (who would go on to write, direct, and/or produce The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and so on) and directed by Harold Ramis (Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Stuart Saves His Family), the first Vacation movie introduces us to the all-American Griswold family: father Clark (Chevy Chase), mother Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (future Hughes staple Anthony Michael Hall), and daughter Audrey (Dana Barron). They all pile into the car for a cross-country road trip to Walley World, stopping along the way to view the world's biggest ball of twine. John Candy, Imogene Coca, and Randy Quaid (as yokel Cousin Eddie) pop up along the way. The movie was a big hit, and was followed by several sequels--National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation--but this one is still probably the freshest and funniest of the bunch. --Jim Emerson

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This is a really fantastic film. It has not dated in the least. The jokes are subtly underplayed and very funny and the acting is great across the board. The story works and it is a film that you can watch over and over again and still notice new jokes.
Chevy Chase is at his finest here and one wonders why he doesn't make more films. His timing and expressions are flawless.
Criticism - No extras at all, not even a trailer. This film lends itself to having a commentary. Let's hope a fuller version is released soon.
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...will know all about this movie, unless you had your head buried in the sand from 1980-1989. Put simply, National Lampoons Vacation,is Chevy Chase's finest hour.
The comedy is slapstick, and continues very much in the vein of Caddyshack, both of which were directed by Harold Ramis. Now, anyone watching a movie directed by Harold Ramis knows just what sort of comedy they are in for: Hotwire102, I'm guessing from your review you are one of those that just didn't get it.
Vacation is a classic, and still has holds plenty of belly laughs for me 20 years on. For those 'articulate' comedy lovers Vacation will disappoint, but for the 80's generation that grew up with Porkys, Caddyshack and Bachelor Party Vacation just can't be beat. Clark Griswold For President!
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The Griswold family, Clark, Ellen, daughter Audrey and son Rusty, set out to spend their vacation driving cross-country from Chicago to glorious Walley World on the West Coast.

The trip, which Clark planned down to the minute, slowly loses its smoothness from the moment they get a new vehicle.

A stop off cousin Eddie results in the Griswold family giving cantankerous aunt Edna a lift to Phoenix.

The Griswolds receive one strike of bad luck after another, and when they finally arrive at Walley World, they have to find out that the park is closed for maintenance.

But Clark promised his beloved family the best vacation ever...

With Clark Griswold, and Fletch, Chase had two of the funniest characters in the early eighties, and this movie has to be the best movie Chase has ever made. No matter which version you have seen, edited, the one with the Pointer Sisters in the blondes car, or the one with profanity, it never fails to raise a laugh.

Standalone, the plot is simple and generic, the family are going on holiday, plain and simple. But what happens in between is the filling, and the filling is goo-oood (as Eddie would say), and they play like different sketches.

Chase is deadpan throughout, and always manages to keep Clark utterly serious, even when he loses the plot at the end, and the support is fantastic.

Other comedies have tried to emulate the comedy road movie, but they end up having gross out gags, because they don't have the genius writers behind this movie.

A classic eighties movie, still funny today.
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This is by far the best National Lampoon film ever! - However saying that, most of them have been terrible.... let me try that again.

A hilarious comedy about one family's trip to Walley World, the unfortunate Clark Griswold takes his family on a cross country trip to go to the theme park which suffers a series of unfortunate and very funny events.

This film is followed by several sequels, the only one really worth watching is Christmas Vacation - but none of them top the original.
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Chevy Chase will always make me laugh - a lot! Funny in places - very funny in every other. If only they could make some more. Buy it!
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Clark Griswold ignores his family's pleas to go to Hawaii for their summer vacation and opts for the Walley World resort in California instead. His long-suffering wife Ellen wants to fly, but Clark would rather drive and spend time with the kids he hardly ever sees.

Sounds like a simple journey from A to B right? Wrong! The Griswolds are a gene pool of absolute disaster and nothing...NOTHING goes right...ever. The fun begins with Clark being forced to accept a disgusting metallic pea-green family truckster instead of a cool-blue sports model with CB and optional fun pack. It's literally the most hideous car in the history of automobiles (and that includes the car that Homer Simpson made for his brother Herb).

As the lengthy days on the road pass, Clark is ripped-off by street hustlers, guilt-tripped out of $500 from his hick cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid in what is, begrudgingly, his most popular role), ripped-off by a hick sheriff/mechanic, and tempted by gorgeous blonde in a Ferrari. Though Ellen doesn't take kindly to anyone with an eye on her Sparky (actually D'Angelo's pet name for Chevy Chase and not something that was scripted).

Based on John Hughes' ill-fated trip to Disneyworld when he was five-years-old, Vacation brought us Chevy Chase's most famous character (sorry Fletch) and most successful series. He has absolutely perfect chemistry with Beverly D'Angelo, who, with her large eyeballs and perfect timing, is an under-rated comic actress in her own right.

While I absolutely love the first and third movies in the Vacation series, and both definitely score 5/5, I have to say the original is the best as it has a really dark edge that none of the others have. There's virtually nothing in Vacation that isn't funny.
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