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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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Game Show Hostess #1
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Mr. Froeger
Cynthia Szigeti ...
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The Froeger's Son
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The Froeger's Daughter
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Wendy Goldman ...
Angus MacKay ...
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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 »

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Adventure | Comedy

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National Lampoon's European Vacation  »

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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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Although he is credited as one of the writers of the film (as well as for the characters), John Hughes was not involved with this film. In fact, he had no idea they were coming out with a sequel, until he saw a preview of it on television. The screenplay was written almost entirely by Robert Klane, with some input from director Amy Heckerling, but Klane was asked to incorporate unused elements from Hughes's script for the first film, resulting in Hughes being awarded a writing credit by the WGA. See more »

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When the plane passes the Statue of Liberty, the passengers look out the window on the left, but the view shown is on the right side. See more »

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Audrey Griswold: [after seeing the large German sausage dish served by Helga] ... God, I miss Jack.
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Some Like It Hot
Written by Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Robert Palmer
Performed by Power Station
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Good sequel, worth watching.
8 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I had always thought that "European Vacation" was much funnier than the original "Vacation", until just recently. I watched both films back-to-back and in the end I've got to concede that I like the original "Vacation" more than it's sequel. I think the two films are equally funny, but the first one has a little more originality to it and a slightly better cast. Don't get me wrong though, "European Vacation" IS a funny movie and a very good sequel, but just not as good as the original.

Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo of course, play the parts of Clarke and Ellen Griswold (although spelled "Griswald" in this film for whatever reason) perfectly. The parts of Rusty and Audrey Griswold were re-cast (for whatever reason) with Jason Lively and Dana Hill. I thought Jason Lively was a fine replacement for Anthony Michael Hall, and even slightly resembles him. Although, I was less than impressed with Dana Hill. Not that she did a bad job acting, but more that her character seemed quite different and didn't resemble the original Audrey (Dana Barron) at all. It was nice to see both Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane in the film (both playing very small roles).

"European Vacation" was a good film and a nice sequel, but still not as good as the original. Although, I would strongly recommend you take a look at this film if you liked the original or just like Chevy/Beverly. Chevy Chase is great, as is Beverly D'Angelo, both make the film well worth the time I put in watching it and I hope they'll make your time worth it as well. Thanks for reading,

-LebowskiT1000


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