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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
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Wendy Goldman ...
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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... The Griswold's. 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

Although he is credited as one of the writers of the film (as well as for the characters), John Hughes was not involved with this film. In fact, he had no idea they were coming out with a new Vacation film until he saw a preview of it on TV. See more »

Goofs

French people don't ask you to say "cheese" to make you smile for a photo, they ask you to say "souris" [mouse]. See more »

Quotes

[in Germany, Clark peers down at a village in the hills and tears come to his eyes]
Clark Griswold: There it is, kids, my motherland.
Rusty Griswold: Dad, Grandma's from Chicago.
Clark Griswold: Shut up, Russ.
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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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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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An enjoyable fun-movie
23 October 2003 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie many times and although it is nearly 20 years old, it still makes me laugh.Europe as experienced by an American family is very funny and even people who are offended by the so-called lack of respect towards the old continent, should agree that the typical characteristics of the English, French, Germans and Austrians are true to life, although admittedly slightly exaggerated.It's an unpretentious movie which aims at offering a better form of slapstick. Chevy Chase with his mixture of good intentions and bewilderment is always hilarious. One good piece of advice: NEVER go to Austria and watch the guys doing those typical male dances in their short leather pants.After having seen this movie, you will be subjected to hysterical laughter!


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