Theatrical premiere: July 29, 1983
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, Anthony Michael Hall
Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far
Director: Harold Ramis
Screenwriters: John Hughes, Harold Ramis, Chevy Chase
Comedy film “National Lampoon’s Vacation” based on short story “Vacation ’58”.
The Griswolds have planned all year for a great summer vacation. From their suburban Chicago home, across America, to the wonders of Wally World fun park in California, every step of the way has been carefully plotted. Except a few hundred hysterical exceptions.
Everything is planned, packed — and about to go hilariously wrong. In the driver’s seat is Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), an Everyman eager to share the open road and the wonders of family togetherness.
Myriad mishaps, crude kin (Randy Quaid), encounters with a temptress (Christie Brinkley), financial woes, Aunt Edna (Imogene Coca) on the roof, one security guard (John Candy) and 2,460 miles later, it’s a wonder the Griswolds are together.
There’s never been a family vacation like it. Except maybe yours. And that helps explain why National Lampoon’s Vacation remains so popular…. and so very funny.
“National Lampoon’s Vacation” Cast
Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold
Beverly D’Angelo as Ellen Griswold
Imogene Coca as Aunt Edna
Anthony Michael Hall as Russell “Rusty” Griswold
Dana Barron as Audrey Griswold
Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie
Christie Brinkley as the Girl in Red Ferrari
John Candy as Russ Lasky
Eddie Bracken as Roy Walley
Brian Doyle-Murray as Kamp Komfort Clerk
Miriam Flynn as Cousin Catherine
James Keach as Motorcycle Cop
Eugene Levy as Ed the Car Salesman
Frank McRae as Grover
Jane Krakowski as Cousin Vicki
John P. Navin, Jr. as Cousin Dale
Nathan Cook as Man Giving Directions
Mickey Jones as Mechanic
John Diehl as Assistant Mechanic
Michael Talbott as Cowboy
James Staley as Motel Clerk
Dennis Freeman as Head of Security
Film frames from “National Lampoon’s Vacation”
Copyright: Warner Bros. Pictures