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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Game Show Hostess #1
Mr. Froeger
Cynthia Szigeti ...
Mrs. Froeger
The Froeger's Son
The Froeger's Daughter
Tricia Lange ...
Game Show Hostess #2
Wendy Goldman ...
Angus MacKay ...
Announcer at Court
Julie Wooldridge ...


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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Release Date:

26 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's European Vacation  »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,329,627, 28 July 1985, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


Anthony Michael Hall was asked to reprise his role from the first movie. He made Weird Science (1985) instead. See more »


When Clark first hits the bike rider with his car, the cyclist nurses his left leg. Later, at the hotel in Rome, his cast is on his right leg. See more »


[In Germany, Clark is looking for their relatives house]
Clark Griswold: What are we looking for?
Audrey Griswold: Sechs, Dad.
[Pronounces it as "Sex"]
Clark Griswold: That'll do Audrey.
Rusty Griswold: Dad, that's German for six.
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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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Not as good as the first, not as bad as they say...
7 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Although it's not as good as the first film, this sequel isn't as terrible as I've heard people say. There are some very funny moments and this is Chevy Chase's best screen role. The only thing that's ever really bothered me about the Vacation films is that the Griswold's children are always played by different actors. Maybe I'm being picky, but I like continuity once in a while. There is a nice cameo from Eric Idle that was very funny and I liked the spoof of The Sound Of Music. Worth a watch.

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