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

After surviving the Wally World expedition in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), the Griswolds embark on a fascinating, worry-free, all-expenses-paid trip to cosmopolitan Europe, courtesy of the popular TV game show, Pig in a Poke. This time, the merry holidaymaker, Clark Griswold, his wife, Ellen, and their teenage children, Audrey and Rusty, find themselves in a race against the clock, trying to see as many sights as possible in London, Paris, Germany, and Rome. Once more, disaster follows, as British driving idiosyncrasies, unforgivable fashion crimes in the City of Lights, a daunting language barrier in a Bavarian village, and a brush with the law in Rome stand in the way of happiness. Can the Griswolds survive the European Vacation? Written by Nick Riganas

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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 »

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Adventure | Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The opening title sequence showing the character's passports was Chevy Chase's idea. He insisted that his name be shown first, in case the movie did well. See more »

Goofs

When the thief takes the Griswalds' picture in front of the fountain in Paris, Ellen holds up the Paris brochure. The flag on the brochure is green, white, and orange, the colors of the Irish flag. See more »

Quotes

Audrey Griswold: [after seeing the large German sausage dish served by Helga] ... God, I miss Jack.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

Some alternate takes of scenes were filmed especially for television, toning down the raunchy nature. For example, the female aerobic dancers in the television version are wearing tops. See more »


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A Town Called Malice
Written by Paul Weller
Performed by The Jam
Courtesy of Polygram Records Inc.
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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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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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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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