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The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | | Comedy | 17 June 1988 (USA)
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A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

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Howard Deutch

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... Roman Craig
John Candy ... Chet Ripley
Stephanie Faracy ... Connie Ripley
Annette Bening ... Kate Craig
Chris Young ... Buck Ripley
Ian Michael Giatti ... Ben Ripley (as Ian Giatti)
Hilary Gordon Hilary Gordon ... Cara Craig
Rebecca Gordon Rebecca Gordon ... Mara Craig
Robert Prosky ... Wally
Zoaunne LeRoy Zoaunne LeRoy ... Juanita
Lucy Deakins ... Cammie
Nancy Lenehan ... Waitress
John Bloom ... Jimbo
Lewis Arquette ... Herm
Britt Leach ... Reg
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Storyline

Nostalgic about the good old days in the honeymoon cabin, the patriarch Chet and the Ripley family set off to the idyllic woods of Wisconsin for the summer vacation. However, their plans for a peaceful family bonding in the heart of the untamed nature will be thwarted, when the high-rolling brother-in-law Roman and the snotty Craig family decide to crash the party. Eventually, as the two families try to have a good time together, a seemingly endless series of misfortunes and mini-disasters with thirsty leeches, cunning racoons and a mythical wild bear, threaten to ruin the vacation. What will it take to salvage the weekend? Written by Nick Riganas

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Ten Top Tips for Family Trips See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Country See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,121,115, 19 June 1988

Gross USA:

$41,455,230

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,455,230
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several times throughout the movie, characters are seen drinking Point Beer. Point is an actual beer made in Stevens Point, in central Wisconsin, and is very popular throughout central and northern Wisconsin, where the movie takes place. A Point Beer sign is also seen in one of the restaurants in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Chet and his family open the vehicle doors and hit all of the trees, two of them shake as if they were props. See more »

Quotes

[Chet and Roman are arguing]
Chet: You've got an awful lot of nerve, Roman, a lot of nerve.
Roman: It's served me well, I'm the one with the Mercedes.
Chet: By the way, is it paid for?
Roman: Are you jealous? Chester!
Chet: Don't call me Chester! Call me that one more time and you're gonna go home with a dent in your forehead!
Kate Craig: Oh yeah, that'll be the day!
Chet: Would you like one to match his?
Roman: [raising his fists] Hey, take it easy! You wanna go right now?
Buck Ripley: [breaking them apart] Dad, dad, dad. No one's denting anybody.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Subtitled conversation between two raccoons -- Raccoon #1: "Why's Jody sitting in the lake?" Raccoon #2: "You didn't hear? She got shot in the ass!" Raccoon #1: "Oh no! Don't tell me..." Raccoon #2: "Yup... She's bald on both ends now!" See more »

Alternate Versions

On one television version, there is a scene where Chet is trying to maneuver his vehicle with the drag boat trailer onto the road. Roman's suggestions are not helping, as Chet almost hits different obstacles blocking his path. An officer (played by Troy Evans) notices this and approaches informing Chet that he is watching Chet's navigation. Finally Chet successfully makes it on the road. As they are driving away laughing at the officer, the boat slides off the trailer and into the street. There is also a scene within this one where Connie and Kate are talking by the lake while the twins are on the dock. Kate suggests the twins go swimming. A big fish jumps from the water scaring the two girls. After hearing the screams and unnoticing the fish, Kate remarks it's fine if they don't swim. See more »

Connections

References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Beaver Patrol
Written by Tim Archibald
Performed by Pop Will Eat Itself
Produced by Robert Gordon for The Fon Force
Pop Will Eat Itself appears courtesy of Chapter 22 Records Ltd.
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Better than average
6 August 2002 | by mm-39See all my reviews

Dan does a good role, and John has a script. This film is great. A little sappy the love story, but the water ski scene makes up for it. I like this film, its worth the rental price. It was a great drive in movie when I went out with my parents. 7/10


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