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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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The Froeger's Son
Kevi Kendall ...
The Froeger's Daughter
Tricia Lange ...
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Wendy Goldman ...
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Angus MacKay ...
Announcer at Court
Julie Wooldridge ...
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Storyline

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)

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$49,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In Germany, Rusty meets a blonde woman, who, while making out with her, shows him her bare breasts. In reality, Jason Lively was 17 and Claudia Neidig was 24. Filming that scene in America may have been illegal. See more »

Goofs

Eric Idle's character is shown collapsing in the fountain. It's not made very clear that this is because his leg plaster has dissolved. See more »

Quotes

[Rusty and his California Girl join the rest of the family as they chase Ellen's kidnapper]
Clark Griswold: Get in.
Rusty Griswold: What Happened?
Audrey Griswold: Oh, not much. Mom's been kidnapped.
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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 The Big Sleaze (2010) See more »

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Holiday Road
Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
Courtesy of Phonogram International and Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Funny!
3 September 2002 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised by all the negative comments - this was the first National Lampoon movie I saw, so I came to it fresh. OK, so it's not a great work of art, but I thought it was side-splittingly funny in places, and cleverly parodies all the national stereotypes that people tend to use.

As a great fan of visual humour, my favourite moment in the film has to be the scene where, having had all their clothes stolen, the family go shopping in a boutique in Italy and emerge on to the street dressed in absurdly over-the-top designer creations. It really is one of the funniest sights I have ever seen in a film. I defy anyone with a sense of humour not to laugh.


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