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The Great Outdoors Details


In the John Hughes-scripted The Great Outdoors, John Candy stars as Chet Ripley, an oafish paterfamilias who takes his family on a vacation at a lakeside resort. Their enjoyment is seriously compromised when brother-in-law Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd) shows up with his wife and kiddies. The rest of the film is an ongoing war between Ripley's carefree aggregation and Craig's obnoxiously prissy brood, and making things worse, a driving rainstorm forces both families to remain under one roof well-past their threshold of patience. Annette Bening makes her film debut as Aykroyd's ill-tempered wife. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 17, 1988


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
Ian Giatti
as Ben Ripley
Lucy Deakins
as Cammie
Hilary Gordon
as Cara Craig
Rebecca Gordon
as Mara Craig
Robert Prosky
as Wally, Lodge Manager
Chris Bass
as Lodge Patron
Nancy Lenehan
as Waitress
Britt Leach
as Reg
Zoaunne Le Roy
as Juanita
Cliff Bemis
as Boat Yard Owner
Paul Hansen
as Hot Dog Vendor
Bart the Bear
as the bald-headed bear
Christine Spiotta
as Woman in Crowd
Sierra Somerville
as Girl in Arcade
John Bloom
as Jimbo
Raleigh Bond
as Grandpa
Andy Prosky
as Grill Chef
Debra Lee Ortega
as Dancing Biker Girl
Lewis Arquette
as Herm


Howard Deutch
Arne Schmidt
John Hughes
Tom Jacobson
John Hughes
Ric Waite
Nicky Holland
Composer (Music Score)
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Rolf
Seth Flaum
Stephen J. Lim
Associate Producer
Elena Spiotta
Associate Producer
John Hughes
Executive Producer
Tom Jacobson
Executive Producer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
John Frazier
Special Effects
Stephen J. Lim
First Assistant Director
Kenny Ortega
Judith Weiner
Charles James Newirth
Production Manager