National Lampoon's Vacation Movie Goofs / Mistakes

National Lampoon's Vacation Goofs

Every summer Clark Griswold takes his family on a little trip. This year he went too far.
National Lampoon's Vacation Picture
Ahhh... The 80's


"Er, someone wasn't on top of their game that day..."
See the goofs, blunders and plain ole mistakes in the 1983 Comedy movie starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid

We believe the following are all legit mistakes. If we've bungled it, or you have additional info, please update us.

Thanks to Llama
When Clark has his talk with Rusty on the hill, his glasses fall apart. In the next scene they are repaired with tape in the middle.
Thanks to Nika Tedder
In the scene where they are leaving Aunt Edna on the back porch and saying a prayer in a few of the shots as Beverly D'Angelo is speaking you can see the boom mike in the lower part of the screen.
Thanks to Aaron Hagele
In the beginning of the movie, when Clark and Rusty pull into the car dealership, it states that they are in Chicago. However, if you look in the background, you can see palm trees! The dealership at was actually filmed on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, CA ---hence the palm trees.
Thanks to gotta go back
The family truckster has no license plates or temporary tags throughout the entire movie.
Thanks to Sherman Franks
When the family truckster pulls up in Dodge City, Kansas, the upper left brake light isn't working. Later, as the car skids to a halt after crashing through the "Road Closed" sign, the upper left brake light is working again.
Thanks to Laura
At Cousin Eddie's house, when he introduces his youngest daughter, he says she was born without a tongue. The same scene a few seconds later, we can see her moving it around.
Thanks to Harold Dilworth
In the scene driving on the bridge in St. Louis, the arch is facing north and south instead of east and west.
Thanks to Anonymous
When the Griswald's are saying goodbye to everyone before their trip, look carefully at the top of the car in the garage. You will see there is no luggage on the top of the car. When they start to back up the luggage magically appears.
Thanks to koom
In Kansas at cousin Eddies, Rusty asks his cousin if he has Pac Man. His cousin says no, the scene later when they looking at the magazines, there is a Pac Man game on the bed

Bogus Blunders

Sometimes an apparent goof is not a real mistake

The following goofs for "National Lampoon's Vacation" are apparently bogus. If you disagree or have additional info, please update us.

At the beginning of the movie when Clark and Ellen are in the kitchen cleaning up the dishes. Ellen is pushing the food off the plates with a spoon, and Clerk is wiping them off with a dish towel and then putting them in the cabinet . Never once do they actually wash the dishes. Ewww !!!

-Its not a goof. That's the joke, putting the dishes away dirty.
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