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European Vacation -- The Griswalds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

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Director:
Writers:
John Hughes (screenplay)
John Hughes (story)
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Release Date:
26 July 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
For over two thousand years, Europe has survived many great disasters. Now for the real test... The Griswold's. See more »
Plot:
The Griswalds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Not a vacation to remember See more (93 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chevy Chase ... Clark Griswold

Beverly D'Angelo ... Ellen Griswold

Dana Hill ... Audrey Griswold

Jason Lively ... Rusty Griswold

John Astin ... Pig in a Poke Host - Kent
Sheila Kennedy ... Game Show Hostess #1

Paul Bartel ... Mr. Froeger
Cynthia Szigeti ... Mrs. Froeger

Malcolm Danare ... The Froeger's Son
Kevi Kendall ... The Froeger's Daughter
Tricia Lange ... Game Show Hostess #2

William Zabka ... Jack
Wendy Goldman ... Stewardess
Angus MacKay ... Announcer at Court
Julie Wooldridge ... Princess Di
Peter Hugo ... Prince Charles
Jeannette Charles ... Queen Elizabeth
Derek Deadman ... Taxi Driver

Mel Smith ... Hotel Manager
Gwen Nelson ... Hotel Manager's Mother

Robbie Coltrane ... Man in the Bathroom

Maureen Lipman ... Lady in the Bed
Paul McDowell ... First English Motorist
Ballard Berkeley ... Second English Motorist

Eric Idle ... The Bike Rider

Elizabeth Arlen ... Mrs. Garland
David Gersh ... Mr. Garland
Jacques Herlin ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Jacques Maury ... Hotel's Assistant Manager
Philippe Sturbelle ... Cafe Waiter
Alice Sapritch ... Dowager on the Eiffel Tower
Isa Carol Horio ... Blond Girl at Eiffel Tower
Isabelle Massaro ... Brunet Girl at Eiffel Tower
Sylvie Badalati ... Rusty's French Girl
Didier Pain ... Video Camera Thief
Willy Millowitsch ... Fritz Spritz (as William Millowitsch)
Erika Wackernagel ... Helga Spritz (as Erica Wackernagel)

Claudia Neidig ... Rusty's German Girl
Victor Lanoux ... The Thief
Massimo Sarchielli ... The Other Thief
Jorge Krimer ... Unfortunate Express Agent

Moon Unit Zappa ... Rusty's California Girl (as Moon Zappa)
Gloria Charles ... Stewardess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ennio Antonelli ... Applauder (uncredited)
Salvatore Billa ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bruno Di Luia ... Beret'ed Man in City Square (uncredited)

Gary Owens ... 'Pig in a Poke' Announcer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Amy Heckerling 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Hughes  screenplay
John Hughes  story
Robert Klane  screenplay

Produced by
Stuart Cornfeld .... co-producer
Matty Simmons .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Fox 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography) (as Bob Paynter)
 
Film Editing by
Pembroke J. Herring 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
Robert Cartwright  (as Bob Cartwright)
 
Art Direction by
Alan Tomkins 
Leslie Tomkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Simon Wakefield 
 
Costume Design by
Graham Williams 
 
Makeup Department
Nick Forder .... makeup artist
Christine George .... hair stylist: USA
Daphne Martin .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist: USA
 
Production Management
Pino Butti .... production manager
Franco Coduti .... production manager: Italy
Edward K. Dodds .... production manager: USA
William Lang .... production manager
Dieter Meyer .... production supervisor
Daniel Szuster .... production manager: France
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Cozzo .... first assistant director: Italy
Remo De Angelis .... second assistant director: Italy
Don French .... first assistant director
Ian Higginbotham .... second assistant director
Aldric La'auli Porter .... second assistant director: USA
Chris Soldo .... first assistant director: USA
Stefan Zürcher .... assistant director: second unit (as Stefan Zuercher)
 
Art Department
Bénédict Beauce .... art director: France
Dennis Fruin .... property master
Anthony Mondell .... set decorator: USA
Stefano Maria Ortolani .... art director: Italy
Reg Richards .... construction captain
Adrian Start .... chargehand painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recordist
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recordist
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recordist
Gordon Daniel .... sound editing supervisor
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer
Tony Dawe .... sound
Nicholas Eliopoulos .... sound editor
Greg Orllow .... sound editor
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
Greg Dillon .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Richtsfeld .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
William Reilly .... motion control technician
Hoyt Yeatman .... special visual effects: DQI (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunt advisor
Jaqueline Freda .... stunt double (uncredited)
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bremner .... gaffer
Tom Brown .... best boy gaffer
Mark Carolin .... clapman
Colin Davidson .... assistant camera
Victor J. Kemper .... director of photography: USA
Stephen Morley .... still photographer
John Payne .... key grip
Peter Rome .... camera operator: second unit
Bob Smith .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Sam Kirson .... animator: "Pig in a Poke" animation
 
Casting Department
Patsy Pollock .... casting advisor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rita Wakely .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Dennie Chikte .... assistant editor: USA
Mark Gill .... assistant editor
Russ Woolnough .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Gillian Lynne .... musical numbers
Tom Villano .... music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jean-Yves Asselin .... set manager: France
Julie Barnes .... production secretary
Jean-Jacques Damiani .... location manager: France
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Carrie Frazier .... assistant: Mrs. Heckering
Pauline Granby .... assistant accountant
Regina Gruss .... publicist
Lilian Havlickova .... continuity: second unit
Mario Pisani .... production secretary: Italy
Stewart Richards .... location manager: second unit
Ilse Schwarzwald .... production coordinator
Heidi Stroh .... script supervisor
Arthur Tarry .... production accountant
Alberto De Stefani .... cashier: Italy (uncredited)
Tom Lackey .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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Runtime:
95 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-7 (2006) | Finland:K-8 (1986) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R (rating later appealed) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
On Clark's passport at the beginning, it is revealed that his birthday is 8 August 1945.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Clark accidentally hits the Bike Rider's leg on the revolving door, it's obvious that Eric Idle screams in pain well before his leg is caught on the door.See more »
Quotes:
Rusty Griswold:[comes in the room while Clark is brushing his teeth in a bowl] ... Hey, Dad, look. Bed pans!See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Meaning of Life (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
SchùhplattlerSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not a vacation to remember, 14 February 2011
Author: Shawn Watson (curiositykilledshawn@gmail.com) from The Underverse

The Griswold's (mis-spelled here as Griswald) European Tour is far inferior to their cross-country trek to Walley World. First time around Clark had a goal, a destination, and pay-off for the audience when he finally got there. Second time around he's just wandering aimlessly from country to country, and it doesn't make for great entertainment I'm afraid.

The Griswold's win the grand prize in a humiliating TV show called 'Pig in a Poke' and are sent to England, France, Germany, and Italy on an all expenses paid trip. The bulk of the humor is a scatter-shot approach to comedy that abuses tired clichés and cultural stereotypes for quick, easy, cheap laughs.

Director Amy Heckerling may have used the first Vacation as a reference, but she doesn't have the control over the film that Harold Ramis did, and frequently allows the actors to ad-lib with the assumption that whatever they do might be funny. Even comedy actors need direction, and Heckerling's poor effort ruins many scenes that had potential. Even her camera placing and angles seem awkward and unbalanced. The grainy, low-key photography is also completely inappropriate for a film featuring such a wide range of scenery. Her use of stock footage is bad too (a shot of the Statue of Liberty shows no Twin Towers of the WTC, which were built in 1972!), and heightens the slapdash nature of the production. A few scenes seem to be edited out of order too, which leads me to believe that the script flowed a little differently before being rewritten (Clark leaves the London hotel, moves literally five feet down the street, then asks for directions back to the hotel).

John Hughes' influence on the script was obviously minimum. Vacation and Christmas Vacation were ficionalised accounts of his own family's experiences. But European Vacation feels like a quick cash-in on the original's success, and co-writer Robert Klane doesn't know how to inject the pathos and satire that was so easy for Hughes.

The European trip is definitely lagging far behind Walley World, Christmas and Las Vegas. A better director and a tighter script would have saved it. But Chase is as watchable as ever, and the only reason to sit through this poorly-made drivel.

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