National Lampoon's Vacation

Factual error: When driving across the bridge entering St Louis, if you look in the rear windows of the car, High Rise buildings are shown. There are no buildings like these in East St Louis. If you're driving from Illinois to St Louis there would be NO buildings in the rear window.

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Continuity mistake: When Christie Brinkley first drives alongside the Griswold car, the speedometer on their car is shown hitting 75. But when we see Christie's point of view of the car, it's clear from the trees in the background that the car is going about 35 mph. (00:26:10)

Visible crew/equipment: 2 crew members are visible operating the pirate ship ride.

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Continuity mistake: After the Griswolds pick up Aunt Edna, they stop to eat sandwiches from the basket. Chevy sees Christie and flaunts his sandwich. With each shot of Christie, her hair is parted on one side, then the next, then back again.

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Revealing mistake: There is a spring in the skull in the scene where Clark is roaming through the desert and falls down by the skeleton with the gas can.

Revealing mistake: Christie Brinkley supposedly jumps in the pool naked but she's wearing a flesh colored top that can be seen in several shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the Griswolds are lost in Arizona the sky goes from overcast to almost clear during the "jump" scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Clark gets pulled over for killing Edna's dog, the sun angle changes constantly, and it even appears the car switches sides of the road. Watch the shadows and the background.

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Continuity mistake: The dog changes at least once from when they first get him at Cousin Eddie's to the camp when Rusty has him at the pool. They are two different dogs.

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Revealing mistake: At the gas station, while Clark watches the mother and son refuelling the car beside him, she points at her son to remove the gas cap. If you watch closely, he looks like he unscrews it but he has nothing in his hand, and when he "places" it on the rear bumper, in the next shot there is nothing sitting on the bumper.

Factual error: As the family is pulling into Coolidge, KS, mountains are visible in the background. Kansas doesn't have mountains.

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Continuity mistake: When they are on the looping roller coaster, they come to a point where it is a long drop in to the loop. However, in the next shots of Clark and the security guard, the coaster is going round a curve, and in the next shot it is back on the straight drop.

Continuity mistake: When the family finally makes it to Wally World, they park at the back of the lot with the car facing the park. As they pull up the shadow of the car is on the passenger side (right side), however only moments later as the family is running toward the entrance their shadows are on their left. If you look closely you can see that they are running from the front of the car, and the shadows should still be to the right.

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Cousin Vicki: I'm going steady, and I French kiss.
Audrey Griswold: So? Everybody does that.
Cousin Vicki: Yeah, but Daddy says I'm the best at it.

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Trivia: Harold Ramis' voice can be heard as a member of the SWAT team telling Roy Wally, "Everything is wrapped up here" just before Roy decides not to press charges.

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Question: In all the Vacation movies, the children are played by different actors. What is the reason behind this? Is it simply a joke?

Answer: According to the commentary from "Christmas Vacation" this is an inside joke referencing the fact that Clark is away from home so much with work, he hardly even recognizes them anymore. "European Vacation" could not obtain the same kids who played in the original Vacation, namely Anthony Michael Hall, and tried to cast kids whom looked close. Thus the joke began. No doubt the actors' aging between movies also plays a part.

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Answer: Ironically in 2003, Dana Barron (the original Audrey in the first film) returned as Audrey Griswald in "Christmas Vacation 2: Eddie's Island Adventure" although this film did not contain Chevy Chase, Beverly D' Angelo or a Rusty actor (Rusty not in this film).

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