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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

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

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Amy Heckerling

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John Hughes (screenplay), John Hughes (story) | 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 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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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:

6 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German | French

Release Date:

12 June 1986 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Lively, who plays Rusty, is the half brother of actress Blake Lively. 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 »

Quotes

Claudia: Those bells haven't rung in years.
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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

When aired on TV, the scene where the Griswalds leave the house of people they thought were Helga and Fritz, Helga's reply (to Fritz's question of who the hell they were) of 'Beats the shit out of me' was changed to 'Damned if I know.' In the more recent TV airings, the original phrase was there with the word 'shit' blured on the subtitle. See more »

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highly underrated
17 November 2001 | by meritmthlSee all my reviews

Yes this wasn't as good of a movie as the first one, but I laughed a lot for this one, even more than for the first one. The sterotypes for the european countries were funny and I thought jason lively did a good job as Rusty. I tend to agree that audrey(RIP Dana Hill) was annoying and unfunny. The funniest scene without a doubt was the french hotel desk clerks laughing at the griswald passport photos. I recommend seeing this movie. Vegas vacation was the worst, not this one.


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