Vegas Vacation

February 14th, 1997


Vegas Vacation

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When Clark Griswold puts his mind to something, we soon realize he hasn't got one. Still, nothing stops him when the vacation bug hits...

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 5.6/10 (16,807 voted)

Critic's Score: 20/100

Director: Stephen Kessler

Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid

When Clark Griswold puts his mind to something, we soon realize he hasn't got one. Still, nothing stops him when the vacation bug hits. This time, he's chosen Las Vegas, the new family entertainment capital of America! Chevy Chase returns as bubbly, bumbling Clark in Vegas Vacation, a jokers-are-wild laugh fest including two other stars from past Vacations. Beverly D'Angelo is back as wife Ellen, doting on the guy she calls "Sparky," and Randy Quaid again delights as grubby goof ball Cousin Eddie. Ethan Embry (That Thing You Do!) and screen-debuting Marisol Nichols are Griswold teens who love the round-the-clock nightlife - as long as they don't share it with Mom and Dad! From Seigfried and Roy's extravaganza to a Hoover Dam tour, from cruising to losing (Wallace Shawn as a shifty blackjack dealer) to amorous crooning (Wayne Newton falls for Ellen): watch Clark try to keep family and wallet together!

Writers: Elisa Bell, Bob Ducsay

Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo - Ellen Griswold
Randy Quaid - Cousin Eddie
Ethan Embry - Russell 'Rusty' Griswold
Marisol Nichols - Audrey Griswold
Miriam Flynn - Cousin Catherine
Shae D'lyn - Cousin Vicki
Wayne Newton - Wayne Newton
Siegfried Fischbacher - Himself (as Siegfried)
Roy Horn - Himself (as Roy)
Wallace Shawn - Marty
Sid Caesar - Mr. Ellis
Julio Oscar Mechoso - Limo Driver
Sly Smith - Mirage Security Guard
Julia Sweeney - Mirage Reception Person

Taglines: This time the Griswolds are on a roll.

Release Date: 14 February 1997

Filming Locations: Baker, Mojave Desert, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $12,837,927 (USA) (16 February 1997) (1891 Screens)

Gross: $36,429,528 (USA) (1 June 1997)

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Did You Know?

Chevy Chase appears in some scenes wearing a black Chicago Bears ball cap. He wears the same Chicago Bears cap throughout all four Vacation movies.

Continuity: When the Griswold family is playing Keno, The #80 comes up on the Keno board. The next time the Keno board is shown the #80 is not on the Keno board, then it comes up again in the following scene.

Mirage Reception Person: Welcome to the Mirage. May I have your credit card, please?
Clark Griswold: Yes, indeedy. Clark W. Griswold, four.
Mirage Reception Person: You know, we have an excellent dry cleaning service here, if you're so inclined.
Clark Griswold: Oh, uh? it's? it's a bbbirthmark.
Mirage Reception Person: Uh-huh. Now in order to get to your rooms, you're going to have to go this way through the casino, veer to the left. Take a sharp right at the first giant palm tree. You'll see a group of blackjack tables. Not baccarat, not craps, blackjack. Keep going...

User Review

What's not to like? This movie is a classic like the first.

Rating: 9/10

I've read many comments about the Vacation movies. Most people give the original "Vacation" high marks, but trash the others. I think a lot of people just like to be pick on Chevy Chase. "Vacation" is the best, but I liked the sequels and "Vegas Vacation" is my favorite of them. My kids just love to watch "Vegas Vacation". You can't pop in the DVD expecting to watch a movie that will be thought provoking or life altering. It was made to make people laugh and it accomplishes that very well. Chevy Chase and cast are very funny in this movie. The Wayne Newton bit was great. I love going to Vegas, and I love this movie. When my wife and I fly to Vegas, we always kid about going to the bathroom to join "the club" like Clark and Ellen. Numerous other things remind us of the movie when we are in Vegas, and it has made those trips even more enjoyable. Just wish Chevy would do another "Vacation" movie.


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