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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.
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 »
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Tagline:
For over two thousand years, Europe has survived many great disasters. Now for the real test... The Griswold's. See more »
Plot:
The Griswolds 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:
European Vacation: 6/10 See more (96 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)

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
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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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Argentina:ATP (cable rating) | 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)

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Trivia:
Ellen calls Clark "Sparky" in all four Vacation movies. In the DVD commentary for this movie, Chevy Chase said that the nickname was Beverly D'Angelo's idea, and she still affectionately calls him Sparky.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the car chase ends in the fountain, Chevy Chase pulls Eric Idle out of the water to punch him, and Idle's hair is wet. In the next shot, Idle's hair is dry.See more »
Quotes:
Ellen Griswold:[In their hotel room in England, Ellen opens a door, only to find a closet, and discovering there is no bathroom] Clark, there's no bathroom.
Clark Griswold:Of course there's a bathroom. Europeans go to the bathroom, don't they?
[Clark opens the door to his left to find another closet with a mattress inside]
Clark Griswold:Maybe they don't.
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Soundtrack:
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
European Vacation: 6/10, 7 February 2003
Author: movieguy1021 (Movieguy1021@comcast.net) from Anywhere, USA

`Pig in a Poke' is the newest game show in the US. Families dress up in pig costumes and answer questions. At the end, they can be pigs and win a great prize. And who's starring on it? Why, none other than our favorite family the Griswalds (spelled differently in this one than the others)! After a close competition with resident champions the Froegers, they win a European vacation. Audrey (Dana Hill) doesn't want to leave behind her boyfriend Jack (William Zabka), and Rusty (Jason Lively) just doesn't want to go. They do, reluctantly, but this two week vacation doesn't go without a hitch.

2nd released in the series, and usually considered least of the series, which I go with. Simply, it's not as funny as the others: Vacation, Christmas Vacation, and Vegas Vacation. It tries to be more raucous and irreverent than the others. It doesn't have a central grasp on any one plot. They go across Europe, but there's nothing that connects all of the destinations. For instance, in Vacation there was Aunt Edna; Christmas Vacation, it actually had a real plot, and in Vegas Vacation there were a few subplots, but they all went through.

All that isn't to say that it wasn't funny, it's just not as funny as the other three. As heard from Chevy Chase on the subpar DVD commentary, he wishes to do another Vacation movie. I would like to see that. Many of the laughs came from slapstick and pratfalls, which aren't my favorite types of humor. Some of them were predictable (they go to Stonehenge…guess what?), but some of the gags (like on the train to Rome) were nice.

The MPAA wrongly gave this movie its PG-13 rating. It most definitely should have been rated R. The writers, which include veteran John Hughes, must have tried to keep the humor in the PG-13 range, because they didn't `rough it up' as much as they wanted to.

One last thought: if there was an earlier movie version of Chicago, Beverly D'Angelo would have been perfect as Roxie.

My rating: 6/10

Rated PG-13 for sustained scenes of nudity, sexual situations, teen drinking and language.

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