National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Corrected entry: When Clark is going up in the attic, he has a bag with two gifts in it. As he goes into the attic, there are three gifts in the bag.

dell

Correction: We never see the contents of the bag as he's going to the attic and up the stairs. All we see is that he's carrying a large bag with some bows & ribbon coming out the top. There is no way to see how many presents are in the bag.

Corrected entry: Why do they make Russ and Audrey sleep in the same bed in the spare bedroom when Ellen's parents get to sleep in separate bunks on Russ' bunk bed? This makes absolutely no sense.

Correction: Couple of reasons: Audrey may have had a fit at the idea of sleeping in her brother's room, and also the grandparents may not be sharing a bed anymore. Many older folks (my grandparents included) stop sharing a bed as they get into advanced age due to one partner's nighttime habits disturbing the other.

Corrected entry: I've noticed in a couple of scenes where Chevy Chase and Beverly D'angelo are standing in the front hallway of their house, you can see the wooden rafters of the ceiling of the set in the dining room. (00:19:15)

Correction: I had an almost identical house in the 80's and the living room had oak beams and a full wall brick fireplace.

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Correction: This is part of the ceiling, not part of the set. Some people choose to have exposed beams in their homes.

kristenlouise3

Yes but not in that type of house that they are supposed to be in there are no exposed beams in that particular style house back then.

Corrected entry: When Clark Griswold is on a ladder putting Christmas lights up on his house the trees in the background are green and leafy, (not evergreen trees), indicating summertime, although there is snow on the ground and it is supposedly winter. (00:21:38)

Correction: As Clark climbs the ladder, all of the tall trees behind the house have no leaves and are even covered with snow. The bush that does have leaves next to the evergreen, beside being the only thing with leaves, could easily be any number of plants that retain their leaves throughout the winter.

jerimiah

Corrected entry: In the opening scene where Clark and the two guys in the pickup are racing, Clark pulls under a 18-wheeler. In the close up shots, you can see the truck's tyres from under the truck, but in the far away shots, you can see the safety bars that were put under the truck for the stunt driver so he wouldn't ride up under the truck.

Correction: There are no bars or any other special enhancements that were done to the truck for this stunt. The only visible bars in the close up and far away shots are the ones that hold the mudflaps in the front and the same bar across the back wheels that's seen in all of the shots.

jerimiah

Revealing mistake: After Clark cuts the rope on the large tree, it spreads out and branches start breaking windows. One of the branches has a pole of some type pushing it through the window.

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Todd: Hey, Griswold. Where do you think you're gonna put a tree that big?
Clark: Bend over and I'll show you.
Todd: You've got a lot of nerve talking to me like that, Griswold.
Clark: I wasn't talking to you.

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Trivia: Clark Griswold in the attic watching old movies dressed in a woman's turban and gloves to keep warm is not only funny but a reference to the Norma Desmond character from "Sunset Boulevard", who watches her old films to remember her Hollywood glory days.

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Question: When Clark gives his boss a Christmas present, he is told to put it with all of the others. There are plenty of presents there, but they are all the same, as they have the exact same shape. What are these presents?

Eigger

Answer: They are desk organizers.

I'm wondering maybe it was one of the gags in the movie where the boss got the same gift from all the employees. I know there's a lot of gags in the vacation movies.

movielove

Chosen answer: We don't know what is in the packages, but we can assume they are all the same, small, generic gift.

kristenlouise3

Answer: I've seen them in stores, it's a desk pen set with a matching business card holder.

Answer: I think that they could all be tape holders.

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