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Visible crew/equipment: Just before Clark goes down the hill on the saucer sled you see the view down the hill. If you look carefully at the right of the screen you can see two pinkish cables stretch into the distance. These are the pyrotechnics that make the explosions when Clark sets off. You can see it clearly on the DVD version, but not too clearly in the VHS one.

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Continuity mistake: When Clarke is going crazy, he cuts the baluster. But it's still in place the scene later, when the family have problems with the squirrel.

Dr Wilson
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Continuity mistake: When Clark is sliding down the hill on the sled, several times you can see fins on the bottom of the sled to help whoever was riding the sled control the direction a little better. When Clark is rubbing the oil on the bottom of the sled before he starts the sled is completely flat on the bottom.

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Continuity mistake: When Todd, the snob neighbor, falls down the stairs, his wife Margot is not visible in the bedroom.

Dr Wilson
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Character mistake: Clark has too many lights on his house causing the city to go dark. There is a scene where the power plant needs to boost their output. There is a close-up of a guy flipping the switch. Look at the way they spelled auxiliary - auxilliary.

JamesP
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Revealing mistake: When Uncle Louis drops the match in front of where Eddie empties the "chemical toilet" if you look VERY close you can see the rope that launches him into the air.

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Other mistake: When Uncle Lewis lights the cigar that sets the Christmas tree on fire, watch closely. It shows side shots of Clark eating his dinner, and you can see the tree in the living room. The camera cuts back to Lewis lighting his cigar, and then back to Clark at the exact same angle as before. However, this time the tree is gone. Then you see the flames shoot out.

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Continuity mistake: When Clarke is installing the Christmas lights, the rope on the ladder keeps appearing and disappearing.

Dr Wilson
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Revealing mistake: When Clarke and Ellen are in the bed and Clarke's hands are sticky, you can see that he actually grabs her hair to give the illusion that they are stuck.

Dr Wilson
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Continuity mistake: The blinds are ripped out of the neighbors' window frame when Clarke "harvests" his replacement tree from outside. However, when Margot is outside telling Todd to "slug that creep in the face", you can see blinds are still in the window.

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Continuity mistake: When the Griswold's are driving to the tree farm, they are being harassed by the rednecks in the truck. Several shots of the front of the truck show only two passengers, but one view of the truck through its rear window shows three passengers.

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Revealing mistake: When Clark starts to set up his Christmas lights, there is a scene where the ladder collapses. If you look closely you can see the wire coming out from under his jacket to keep him from falling forward.

JamesP
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Continuity mistake: When Clark is outside hanging the lights, he staples the sleeve of his shirt, under his wrist, to the eaves of the house. In the next shot, as he is pulling, the shirt is stapled over his wrist.

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Quotes

Clark: Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse.

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Mistakes

In the scene where Clark is working on the lights the full moon is shown. This is December 14th according to the advent calendar. On December 24th when Santa's sleigh goes sailing over the moon, it is still full.

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Trivia

After Eddie's arrival, he and Clark are in the living room, drinking eggnog out of mugs shaped like moose heads. The original "Vacation" was all about the Griswold's getting to the fictional theme park Wally World, whose mascot is a moose named Marty.

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