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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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Amy Heckerling

Writers:

John Hughes (screenplay by), Robert Klane (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Cynthia Szigeti ... Mrs. Froeger
Malcolm Danare ... The Froegers' Son
Kevi Kendall ... The Froegers' Daughter
Tricia Lange Tricia Lange ... Game Show Hostess #2
William Zabka ... Jack
Wendy Goldman ... Stewardess
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay ... Announcer at Court
Julie Wooldridge Julie Wooldridge ... Princess Di
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German | French

Release Date:

26 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Lampoon's European Vacation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,329,627, 28 July 1985

Gross USA:

$49,364,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,364,621
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only original-generation Vacation film, in which Cousin Eddie doesn't appear. He also did not appear in Vacation (2015). See more »

Goofs

During take-off, the PAN AM plane shown is a cargo plane, with no windows. In the next scene, Clark sits in a window seat. See more »

Quotes

Rusty Griswold: [watching the romantic couple make out at the table] Dad he's grabbing her tits right there at the table!
Clark Griswold: Just eat your breakfast, Russ.
Rusty Griswold: [Rusty still watching the couple] ... Dad, I think he's gonna pork her.
Clark Griswold: He's not gonna pork her, Russ.
Rusty Griswold: I think he's gonna.
Clark Griswold: He may pork her, finish your breakfast.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits play over a montage of shots of American pop culture. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on TV, Clark's song "The Sound of Griswald" was altered; "This shit's been around for a very long time" was changed to "This stuff's been around for a very long time." See more »


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User Reviews

pretty good
5 August 1999 | by jaws!See all my reviews

even though it's not as good as the first,and 3rd it's still pretty good. it's also a bit better than the 4th one. there are some laughs in this movie,and it's entertaining. after this one the series started not to make sense. even though the 3rd vacation is better it has the kids younger,which makes no sense. all in all european vacation is not as bad as people say. i give this movie **1/2 out of ****


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