1 user 1 critic

Vacanze in America (1984)

A group of students from the San Crispino school for boys take a holiday in the United States, traveling from New York trough Utah all the way to Los Angeles. Young Father Don Buro (... See full summary »


Carlo Vanzina




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Calà ... Peo Colombo
Christian De Sica ... Don Buro (Frà Rodolfo da Ceprano)
Claudio Amendola ... Alessio Liberatore
Antonella Interlenghi Antonella Interlenghi ... Antonella
Paolo Baroni Paolo Baroni ... Scandicci
Gianfranco Agus Gianfranco Agus ... Rocky
Fabio Camilli Fabio Camilli ... De Blasio - Marchese del Grullo
Fabio Ferrari Fabio Ferrari ... Furio Pittigliani - Pappola
Renato Moretti Renato Moretti ... Fratello Serafino
Giacomo Rosselli Giacomo Rosselli ... Gianni Rossi
Gianmarco Tognazzi Gianmarco Tognazzi ... Filippo De Romanis
Edwige Fenech ... Signora De Romanis
Fiorella Bettoja Fiorella Bettoja ... (as Fiorella Bettoia)
Roberto Bonanni
Silvia Di Tocco Silvia Di Tocco


A group of students from the San Crispino school for boys take a holiday in the United States, traveling from New York trough Utah all the way to Los Angeles. Young Father Don Buro (Christian De Sica) has great difficulty controlling the youngsters, especially with trouble making ex-student Peo (Jerry Calà) along for the trip, and finds himself distracted by the attractive single mother of one of the boys (Edwige Fenech). Written by Il Tesoro

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Italian censorship visa # 80298 delivered on 21 December 1984. See more »


Followed by Natale a Beverly Hills (2009) See more »


Take Me Home, Country Roads
Written by Bill Danoff (uncredited), John Denver (uncredited) and Taffy Nivert (uncredited)
Performed by John Denver
See more »

User Reviews

American setting, American hairdo's.
24 December 2006 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

During the mid eighties a new generation of Italian comedy stars took over at the cinema and brought their own, more Americanized brand of humor with them. Out were the dirty little old men, "Carry On" caricatures if you will, in were was a younger crown with wilder hair, resembling the SNL alum's dominating the Amercian box office at the time. There was less naughtiness, which is ironic as in America the comedies at the time started getting ruder and nuder. 'Vacanze In America' is clearly the most American minded of them all, being set (and unlike most of these comedies, actually filmed) all over the land of dreams and featuring many American recording artists on the popular sound track. This entry in the Vacanze series (which is still going to this day) can truly be called a torch-passer, as it features her royal majesty the Queen of Italian comedy during the seventies and early eighties, Edwige Fenech, in her last comedic movie appearance.

A class from a strict Catholic boy's school is taking a 15 day holiday to the United States. And not just any holiday, they travel all the way from the East coast to the West. Backed by the church, the clergymen seem to have money to burn for this trip, as it also allows former students to go along such as Pio (Jerry Calà, playing the Bill Murray part), as well as one of the boy's mother (Fenech). Ironically, the lad playing her son is actually her former co star Ugo Tognazzi's offspring Gianmarco. Two priests, a young excitable type (Christian De Sica, sporting an Egon Spengler haircut) and an old deaf one (Renato Moretti) lead the group in typically incompetent fashion.

As usual, many characters have their own little sub plot, the enjoyment of which depends on how much you like the actors in question. For instance, there is a predictable love story between future Marlboro man Alessio (Claudio Amendola) bumping into pretty Italian model Antonella (Antonella Interlenghi) every where he goes. Meanwhile, Theo, aka Pio (Calà) is trying to get himself and his two palls laid, but only ends up being tricked by a couple of married women and meeting a bunch of homo's. Some of the less important students get to do nothing more than play practical jokes on the old priest, while the young one, Don Buro (Egon), keeps trying to get Signora De Romanis (Edwige)'s attention. Unfortunately for us Fenech fans, when she decided to quit taking her top off, she immediately got bumped down to supporting parent status. Here she spends the entire picture worrying about her boring son Filippo, who unknown to her, still manages to get lucky with a surfer girl despite his utter dullness.

The group travels from the Big Apple to Graceland, meet a rival class of Italian school boys passing through Utah for a game of football and end up in LA. Pio and Co take a side trip to Vegas on their own to score themselves some gambling money and another disappointment involving a call girl called Marilyn. When the guys take a cab back from Vegas to Venice Beach, the whole company has to chip in in order to pay the fair. Finally they all go home to good old Italy where all the little plot points are resolved, some less predictable than others.

6 out of 10

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

20 December 1984 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ferien in Amerika See more »

Filming Locations:

Roma, Lazio, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

C.G. Silver Film See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed