Vacation (1983)

Vacation (1983)
Clark Griswold has only one goal—to get to the Walley World theme park that he fondly remembers. But getting their on a road trip with his family doesn’t exactly leave the fond memories he was hoping to make. As one disaster strikes after another, will Clark lose his sanity before the end of the trip? Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching “Vacation” (1983).

∙ The Griswolds get in the car to leave on their family vacation. The view of the vehicle from outside the garage looking in, shows there is no luggage on the top of the car. But when the view changes to a close-up of the car inside the garage, when Clark says “Walley World, here we come”, the family’s luggage is now packed on top.

∙ The family arrives at the campground in South Fork, CO. Ellen and Clark walk into the office to check-in. The rear view of them when they open the door shows Clark is holding it with his left arm and Ellen walks under it. It cuts to a front view of the two of them and he’s holding the door open with his right arm.

∙ Clark is fighting Dinky the dog and loops the leash around the bumper of the car. Before the scene cuts to Ellen and the kids, the leash loosens and is sitting on top of the bumper. Later, when Clark is pulled over by the cop, the leash is looped around the bumper again.

∙ Clark sees the girl in the Ferrari on the road for a second time. While Ellen is sleeping, he pulls up on the left hand side and the close-up of Ellen and Clark shows her head is tilted to the right. The scene cuts to a view inside the car looking out and Ellen’s head is tilted to the left. When Clark is imagining himself in the Ferrari, Ellen’s head and face are tilted to her right. It’s to her left again when the truck blows the horn.

∙ Ellen is driving the car when they leave the garage. The rear view of the car shows everyone is inside. A moment later, in the close-up of the car driving along the road, as the car passes the camera, the driver is the only person in the car.

∙ Ellen’s hair is mostly straight (and a little wavy) during most of the movie. But, when Ellen and Clark are arguing, it’s very curly. It stays that way throughout the rest of the movie.

“Vacation” (1983) stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, Eugene Levy and Christie Brinkley. It runs 98 minutes and is rated R for sex/nudity and language.

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