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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.

Director:

Amy Heckerling

Writers:

John Hughes (screenplay by), Robert Klane (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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. Chevy Chase & his family are coming from America! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The U.S. poster art was done by Boris Vallejo, famous for his Heavy Metal covers. 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: [comes in the room while Clark is brushing his teeth in a bowl] ... Hey, Dad, look. Bed pans!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

A recent airing on American Movie Classics has the following edits: 1) the scene with the topless female aerobic dancers is completely cut out; 2) Helga's subtitled reply when the Griswalds leave is "Beats the crap out of me"; 3) when Claudia unbuttons her top, we do not see her bare breasts, and Rusty's reaction is "Holy ****"; 4) at the last scene with Claudia when the bells are ringing, we are zoomed to see just Rusty and Claudia's heads. See more »

Connections

References Pale Rider (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Reach Out and Touch Someone
(uncredited)
Written by David Lucas
Performed by Dana Hill
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User Reviews

 
Loved It
18 December 2019 | by michaeltrivediSee all my reviews

I like all National Lampoon movies with Chase. This one is no different. It's really a fun ride through Europe, with all the things you'd expect. It's a family story at its core, with the main guy leading his family on excursions. The wife is such a hottie. It's a great time in Europe, though not the best. Has it's boring parts.

6 stars


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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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