It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley, along with his wife, Connie, and their two kids, Buck and Ben. But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie's obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig, his wife, Kate, and the couple's two daughters. As the excursion wears on, the Ripleys find themselves at odds with the stuffy Craig family.

  1. Howard Deutch


  2. John Hughes


Top Billed Cast

  1. John Candy

    John Candy

    Chet Ripley

  2. Dan Aykroyd

    Dan Aykroyd

    Roman Craig

  3. Annette Bening

    Annette Bening

    Kate Craig

  4. Stephanie Faracy

    Stephanie Faracy

    Connie Ripley

  5. Chris Young

    Chris Young

    Buck Ripley

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The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors


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Release Information

  • June 17, 1988


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 31m

Budget $24,000,000.00

Revenue $43,455,230.00

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