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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 26 July 1985 (USA)
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Airs Sun. Mar. 31, 5:00 PM on BBCA

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The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Director:

Amy Heckerling

Writers:

John Hughes (screenplay), John Hughes (story) | 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 Froeger's Son
Kevi Kendall ... The Froeger's 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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In Germany, Rusty meets a blonde woman, who, while making out with her, shows him her bare breasts. In reality, Jason Lively was seventeen, and Claudia Neidig was twenty-four. Filming that scene in America may have been illegal. See more »

Goofs

In the Paris hotel room, Clark flops onto the bed and falls off. He quickly gets up and sits on the side when Rusty appears to talk about acclimating to France. Suddenly out of nowhere, Clark produces a set of berets from behind him for the family to wear. See more »

Quotes

Clark Griswold: [singing] Oh the hills are alive with the sound of Griswold/this shit's been around for a very long time./I'm feeling so high, I just can't stand it/It's as if I've been here for at least a week.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are stamped on various parts of passports, including the passport photos of the cast. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in EuroTrip (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Spender
(uncredited)
Written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields
Performed by Beverly D'Angelo
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User Reviews

 
Funny!
3 September 2002 | by td550See all my reviews

I'm surprised by all the negative comments - this was the first National Lampoon movie I saw, so I came to it fresh. OK, so it's not a great work of art, but I thought it was side-splittingly funny in places, and cleverly parodies all the national stereotypes that people tend to use.

As a great fan of visual humour, my favourite moment in the film has to be the scene where, having had all their clothes stolen, the family go shopping in a boutique in Italy and emerge on to the street dressed in absurdly over-the-top designer creations. It really is one of the funniest sights I have ever seen in a film. I defy anyone with a sense of humour not to laugh.


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