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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 26 July 1985 (USA)
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

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Pig in a Poke Host - Kent
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Game Show Hostess #1
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The Froeger's Son
Kevi Kendall ...
The Froeger's Daughter
Tricia Lange ...
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Jack
Wendy Goldman ...
Stewardess
Angus MacKay ...
Announcer at Court
Julie Wooldridge ...
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The Griswolds win a vacation to Europe on a game show, and thus pack their bags for the continent. They do their best to catch the flavor of Europe, but they just don't know how to be be good tourists. Besides, they have trouble taking holidays in countries where they CAN speak the language... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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For over two thousand years, Europe has survived many great disasters. Now for the real test. Chevy Chase & his family are coming from America! See more »

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Adventure | Comedy

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26 July 1985 (USA)  »

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National Lampoon's European Vacation  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$49,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The "Pig In A Poke" game show host, Kent Winkdale, is a parody of two real-life game show hosts: Wink Martindale, a game show host in the 1970s and 80s (most notably The New Tic Tac Dough (1978)), and Richard Dawson, who often kissed the female contestants on Family Feud (1976). See more »

Goofs

When the Griswalds abandon their car in Germany, they also abandoned their luggage. Yet when they are on the train, they have changed clothes. See more »

Quotes

Stewardess: Do you want something to drink?
Clark Griswold: [to Ellen] Honey, you want something?
Ellen Griswold: No thank you.
Clark Griswold: [to the Stewardess] I'll have a Coke.
Stewardess: Do you want that in the can?
Clark Griswold: [Clark turns and looks at the bathroom, then turns back at the Stewardess] No, I'll have it right here.
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The opening credits are stamped on various parts of passports, including the passport photos of the cast. See more »

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Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Vegas Vacation (2014) See more »

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America the Beautiful
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Written by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward
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I wondered whatever happened to Jack? :D
19 September 2005 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

OK, was this the best Vacation sequel? No, not really. But it still had a great amount of a laughter. I can't believe that some people really didn't like this film. Don't you have moments where you just want to sit down and laugh? Don't think, just laugh and have a good time with the film? The Griswalds are back and they are in Europe! They have won an excellent trip to London, Paris, Germany(they don't state where), and Rome. Of course they do manage to get into trouble, otherwise it wouldn't be a comedy. Clark still has the "father-knows-best" policy and becomes more obsessed with having a good time with the family than listening to them and their ideas. Ellen has become a famous naked model in Europe because of some undeleted footage that was stolen from Clark on his camera. Rusty is opting for a lot of booty in Europe and Audrey just won't shut up about a not all that boyfriend, Jack.

This movie has non-stop laughter that you have to admit is catchy. They did recycle some jokes from the first, but I think you need to let go and have some fun. This was an enjoyable film.

7/10


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