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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) More at IMDbPro »European Vacation (original title)

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National Lampoon's European Vacation -- The Griswalds are on vacation again when they win a deluxe tour of the old world and take on the European continent -- the continent loses.
National Lampoon's European Vacation -- The Griswalds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.


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Release Date:
26 July 1985 (USA) See more »
For over two thousand years, Europe has survived many great disasters. Now for the real test... The Griswold's. See more »
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An enjoyable fun-movie See more (99 total) »


  (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)

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)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunt advisor
Jacqueline 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)
Michael Isaacson .... orchestrator (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

Also Known As:
"European Vacation" - USA (original title)
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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Argentina:ATP (cable rating) | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-7 (2006) | Finland:K-8 (1986) | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R (rating later appealed) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating)

Did You Know?

The first time Clark hits Eric Idle's character with his car, Idle shrugs it off as being "Just a flesh wound." A similar remark is also made by the Black Knight after sustaining a serious injury in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) also featuring Idle.See more »
Continuity: When the woman at the Eiffel Tower holds her dog, a basket hangs from her left arm. In the next scene, when the dog jumps out of her arm, the basket is gone.See more »
Rusty Griswold:Who was it that said when in Rome do as the Romans do?
Clark Griswold:That was Rome not Paris. This is Paris and you're drunk.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Lost Boys (1987)See more »
God Save the QueenSee more »


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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable fun-movie, 23 October 2003
Author: Ray Massart from Belgium

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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