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Summer Rental (1985)

PG | | Comedy | 9 August 1985 (USA)
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An overworked air-traffic controller takes his family on a beach vacation but is soon beset by series of mishaps.

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Carl Reiner
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Jack Chester
Karen Austin ... Sandy Chester
Kerri Green ... Jennifer Chester
Joey Lawrence ... Bobby Chester
Aubrey Jene Aubrey Jene ... Laurie Chester
Richard Crenna ... Al Pellet
Rip Torn ... Scully
John Larroquette ... Don Moore
Richard Herd ... Angus MacLachlan
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Cortez
Lois Hamilton ... Vicki
Carmine Caridi ... Ed
Francis X. McCarthy ... Hal (as Frank McCarthy)
Pierrino Mascarino ... Maitre D'
Harry Yorku Harry Yorku ... Pirate Musician
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Storyline

Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to regain his pride and family's respect. Written by Rob Hartill

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John Candy is about to face the most devastating experience known to man... the family vacation. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The bridge the Chesters cross over as they enter 'Citrus Cove' is at John's Pass between Treasure Island, FL and Madeira Beach, FL. The bridge was recently replaced (opened Dec 2010) as part of a road-widening project. It also widened the channel and increased clearance for marine traffic. Building the foundation was particularly difficult because the current at that location is extremely strong. See more »

Goofs

When the regatta race begins, the shots on the Barnacle change to Laurie asking Sandy: "Mommy can I play in the basement with Yorku"? The voice however is not of Laurie, but instead is Jennifer making a young child voice. See more »

Quotes

Laurie Chester: Mommy, can I play in the basement with Yorku?
Sandy Chester: Well, if it's okay with Yorku.
Pirate Musician: It's okay with. I play.
[laughs]
Sandy Chester: I'll be right here if you need me.
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Crazy Credits

Pictures of the family are shown during end credits See more »

Alternate Versions

There are many scenes that were cut from the movie that mostly dealt with the development of John Candy's character and the family before the vacation. There is about 5 minutes snipped out of the first 15-20 min of the film. They include:
  • Jack Chester pulling over to the side of the highway, telling the kids that the car is not moving until he has five seconds of silence.
  • Also on the way to Citrus Cove, Florida, they get fast food. The dog farts at this time, causing the family to stick their heads out the window.
  • When they arrive at the "wrong" house, they shows snips here and there through the course of their stay of Archie "the dog" chewing the leg off the couch.
  • Then, after Jack Chester unloads the trailer, there is another deleted scene involving Bobby and Jennifer about who gets the color TV.
  • Also, before they leave the house, Dan Gardner, "the owner" of the wrong house, they are staying at tells them that it is their house and not the Chesters', you see both of their expressions as to what they are felling at that moment when he and Jack Chester are in disagreement.
  • When the family leaves to go to the right house, Jack Chester says, "Have a nice summer". Following that, the two owners that own the house laugh and the couch breaks (a result of Archie's gnawing on the couch leg) and they fall backwards.
  • Finally, the scene where they arrive at the Barnacle for their dinner, there is a scene added to fill in for the edited scene where Laurie says, "This place sucks," instead of showing that they added a very brief scene of Rip Torn's character "Scully" approaching their table.
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Connections

References Dragonslayer (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Hot Blooded Man
Written by Bishop Holiday, Scott Lipsker & Harold Payne
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A true classic
3 December 2003 | by MaximumCheeseSee all my reviews

This movie is from a time that I sorely miss. It is about having a good time, and nothing else. There's no violence, no crude sexual comedy, just the legendary John Candy doing what he did best. Given, the music and clothing are extremely dated, but this is without a doubt the best feelgood lighthearted movie I've ever seen. All of the characters come together perfectly to tell us the tale of Jack Chester. One of the most memorable is Scully, the sailor/pirate. To this day, I see Scully whenever I see Rip Torn in any movie. This story just makes me feel good for days after I see it. John Candy is surely one of the best comics of the past 30 years, pulling this move together.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Rental See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,754,259, 11 August 1985

Gross USA:

$24,689,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,689,703
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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