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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:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A song in the film ("Dragboat") is listed in the credits as being performed by The Elwood Blues Revue. The Elwood Blues Revue is of course based on characters in "The Blues Brothers" (1980) starring Dan Aykroyd. See more »

Goofs

The movie supposedly takes place in either Wisconsin or part of Canada close to the U.S. Midwest which would be Ontario. Grizzly Bears such as the "bald-headed" bear that attacks the cabin towards the end are not found anywhere near those areas. See more »

Quotes

Wally: Know what a "loon" is, knucklehead?
Ben Ripley: Yeah, we have one in our family.
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Crazy Credits

Most of the end credits play over a montage of the cast dancing in Wally's bar. See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive a PG certificate the 1989 UK video was cut by 27 secs by the BBFC to remove multiple uses of the line 'Blow it out your ass'. The cuts were restored in 2003. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Baby's Day Out Review (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Cabin Fever
Written by David Wilcox and Sadia Sadia (as Sadia)
Performed by David Wilcox
Produced by Sadia Sadia (as Sadia)
Courtesy of Capitol Records/EMI of Canada
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Aykroyd and Candy: a great combo
13 August 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"The Great Outdoors" is what anyone would expect of a John Candy movie: completely goofy, but funny nonetheless. He plays Chet Ripley, taking his family on vacation in the wilderness. Unfortunately, Chet's unpleasant brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) is also there, and he just has to make everything miserable for Chet. In some ways, this movie seems to be rehashing "Summer Rental", but with a different tone. My favorite parts were the raccoons, the bear, and The Old '96er (I don't recommend that scene for squeamish people). All in all, it just goes to show what the world lost when John Candy died. He was really great.

P.S.: Annette Bening, in her debut, plays Roman's wife Kate.


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