European Vacation

July 26th, 1985


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Still of Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in European Vacation

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

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 5.8/10 (20,742 voted)

Director: Amy Heckerling

Stars: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill

The Griswalds 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...

Writers: John Hughes, John Hughes

Chevy Chase - Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo - Ellen Griswold
Dana Hill - Audrey Griswold
Jason Lively - Russell 'Rusty' Griswold
John Astin - Kent Winkdale
Sheila Kennedy - Game Show Hostess #1
Paul Bartel - Mr. Froeger
Cynthia Szigeti - Mrs. Froeger
Malcolm Danare - Son Froeger
Kevi Kendall - Daughter Froeger
Tricia Lange - Game Show Hostess #2
William Zabka - Jack
Wendy Goldman - Stewardess
Angus MacKay - Announcer at Court
Julie Wooldridge - Princess Diana

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!

Release Date: 26 July 1985

Filming Locations: Bressanone, Bolzano, Trentino - Alto Adige, Italy

Gross: $49,400,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?

In the closing credits, there is a picture of a dog with a gun held to its head. This is from the cover of a January 1973 issue of National Lampoons magazine.

Continuity: When the Griswolds stop at their hotel and run into the English biker, the sky/background is dark. In the next scene it's sunny out.

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

User Review

Is this movie bad? NO WAY

Rating: 10/10

I don't understand why people don't like this movie so much. Chevy Chase is there, Beverly D'Angelo is there, Eric Idle is there which is great. Sure, I'd rather see Anthony Michael Hall rather than Jason Lively, but even that's alright, Lively does a decent job. I don't care if people hate this movie, I'm sticking by my beliefs, and I say this movie is great.