The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors (1988)

The wildlife is wild, but his brother-in-law in unbearable.

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 1988-06-17
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 506 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 31min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Howard Deutch
star 6.4/10
From 506 Ratings


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.

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  • Dan Aykroyd

    as Roman Craig
  • John Candy

    as Chet Ripley
  • Stephanie Faracy

    as Connie Ripley
  • Annette Bening

    as Kate Craig
  • Chris Young

    as Buck Ripley
  • Lucy Deakins

    as Cammie
  • Robert Prosky

    as Wally
  • Ian Giatti

    as Ben Ripley
  • Hilary Gordon

    as Cara Craig
  • Rebecca Gordon

    as Mara Craig
  • Zoaunne LeRoy

    as Juanita
  • Nancy Lenehan

    as Waitress
  • John Bloom

    as Jimbo
  • Lewis Arquette

    as Herm
  • Britt Leach

    as Reg
  • Cliff Bemis

    as Boat Yard Owner
  • Paul Hansen

    as Hot Dog Vendor
  • Debra Lee Ortega

    as Dancing Biker Girl
  • Sierra Somerville

    as Girl in Arcade
  • Christine Spiotta

    as Woman in Crowd
  • Chris Bass

    as Lodge Patron
  • Shirley Harris

    as Lodge Customer
  • Christopher Kinsman

    as Irate Customer
  • Andy Prosky

    as Grill Chef
  • Brian Healy

    as Man in Crowd
  • Bart the Bear

    as The Bald-Headed Bear (Jody)
  • Raleigh Bond

    as Grandpa (uncredited)
Directing Howard Deutch Director
Sound Thomas Newman Original Music Composer
Writing John Hughes Writer
Production Arne Schmidt Producer
Production John Hughes Executive Producer
Production Tom Jacobson Executive Producer
Camera Ric Waite Director of Photography
Editing Seth Flaum Editor
Editing William D. Gordean Editor
Editing Tom Rolf Editor
Art John W. Corso Production Design
Crew Rob Bottin Makeup Effects
Production Judith Weiner Casting Director
Costume & Make-Up Marilyn Vance Costume Design
Production Charles Newirth Production Manager
Production Stephen Lim Associate Producer
Production Elena Spiotta Associate Producer
Sound Tom C. McCarthy Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Tom Kramer Music Editor
Art John H. Anderson Set Decoration
Sound C. Darin Knight Sound Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Dione Taylor Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Carol A. O'Connell Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Ben Nye Jr. Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Alan Friedman Makeup Artist
Crew Kenny Ortega Choreographer
Crew Walter Scott Stunt Coordinator
Crew John Frazier Special Effects Coordinator
Directing Walter Scott Second Unit Director