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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

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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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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

Dana Hill had Type 1 diabetes (a disease which took her life in 1996), which made shooting Audrey's nightmare scene difficult. Hill had to be very careful and avoid swallowing any of the food she was supposed to be eating. See more »

Goofs

Clark hits a biker in England, who is thrown across the hood from right to left. When Clark gets out to see how the biker is doing, the bike is in the front of the car. See more »

Quotes

Claudia: Those bells haven't rung in years.
Rusty Griswold: What do they mean?
Claudia: They're going to hang someone!
Rusty Griswold: [thinks for a moment, then] DAD!
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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

In the scene where Ellen sees the billboard with her picture on it advertising the stolen homemade porno flick, there are three different versions of the subtitles that explain the title. One is "The Wet Hot Wife," which appeared on the laserdisc version. Another was "The Slut in the Showers," which appeared in some televised versions. And the final was "The Whore in the Hot Tub," which appeared on one of the VHS incarnations. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Norm Macdonald Has a Show: Chevy Chase (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Problem's d'amour
Performed by Alexander Robotnick
Courtesy of Sire Records, Montreau Sonore
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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