The Great Outdoors

June 17th, 1988


The Great Outdoors

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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.

Release Year: 1988

Rating: 6.1/10 (13,089 voted)

Director: Howard Deutch

Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy

Big-hearted Chicago family man Chet has brought his family to a lakeside resort area, and although his wife and kids aren't quite as excited as he is, Chet has high hopes for the vacation. However, his optimism is sabotaged when his obnoxious brother-in-law Roman drops in unexpectedly, along with his snooty, strange family. Chet and his family try to stay open-minded, but they find it difficult to relax and enjoy themselves because of the constant annoyance of Roman's presence.

Dan Aykroyd - Roman Craig
John Candy - Chet Ripley
Stephanie Faracy - Connie Ripley
Annette Bening - Kate Craig
Chris Young - Buck Ripley
Ian Giatti - Ben Ripley
Hilary Gordon - Cara Craig
Rebecca Gordon - Mara Craig
Robert Prosky - Wally
Zoaunne LeRoy - Juanita
Lucy Deakins - Cammie
Nancy Lenehan - Waitress
John Bloom - Jimbo
Lewis Arquette - Herm
Britt Leach - Reg

Taglines: A week in the woods with Roman and Chet: This is no holiday...this is war!

Release Date: 17 June 1988

Filming Locations: Bass Lake, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $41,455,230 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Annette Bening's Film Debut

Miscellaneous: Buck is shown at the carnival in a steady downpour of rain, although neither he nor any of the people are wet.

Chet: Bear... bear... Big Bear... big bear chase meeeeeeee...!

User Review

As long as Dan and John make me laugh, I love this movie

Rating: 10/10

The Great Outdoors is one of the most under rated comedies that I have ever seen! It's actually one of my hidden favorites, because this is the type of comedy that I love, slap stick. Dan and John make such a great comedic duo in The Great Outdoors, you can't help but laugh hysterically at every scene or be touched by a sentimental moment. I miss stories like this, that are not only heart warming but have a great mix of comedy as well.

Chet is a family man who wants to bond with his songs on a camping trip, so he, his wife, and their boys go out to the great outdoors. But an uninvited guest tags along, their rich and snobby cousins Roman and Kate and their two Shinning creepy twin girls. Since Roman likes to live it up, he practically jumps all over Chet's plans and just takes over the vacation!

There are some great scenes like a bat gets loose in the cabin and Chet and Roman decide to take it on themselves. The bat gets onto Chet's face and Roman hits the bat and Chet's face with a tennis racket! Chet's reaction is just priceless! And they go to a restaurant where Chet has the opportunity to eat a 16 ounce steak and if he eats the whole thing, the family eats for free, and they do it like as if he was Rocky in his first major boxing match, it was just great to watch. The Great outdoors is one of those great under rated comedies that I'm sure you'll fall in love with.



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