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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 26 July 1985 (USA)
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

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Pig in a Poke Host - Kent
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Game Show Hostess #1
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Cynthia Szigeti ...
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The Froeger's Son
Kevi Kendall ...
The Froeger's Daughter
Tricia Lange ...
Game Show Hostess #2
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Jack
Wendy Goldman ...
Stewardess
Angus MacKay ...
Announcer at Court
Julie Wooldridge ...
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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 <[email protected]>

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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 »

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Adventure | Comedy

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26 July 1985 (USA)  »

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National Lampoon's European Vacation  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$49,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The "Pig In A Poke" game show host, Kent Winkdale (John Astin), is a parody of two real-life game show hosts: Wink Martindale, a game show host in the 1970s and 80s (most notably from The New Tic Tac Dough (1978)), and Richard Dawson, who often kissed the female contestants on Family Feud (1976). See more »

Goofs

When Chevy Chase accidentally hits Eric Idle's leg on the revolving door, Idle screams in pain well before the door hits his leg. See more »

Quotes

[Repeated line]
Audrey Griswold: God, I miss Jack!
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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 »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 1 October 2014 (2014) See more »

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Back in America
Performed by Network
Solo Guitar - Tom Baker
Produced by Phil Ehart and Ed Thacker
Written by Terry Brock and Jim Doom
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Not as good as the first, not as bad as they say...
7 January 1999 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Although it's not as good as the first film, this sequel isn't as terrible as I've heard people say. There are some very funny moments and this is Chevy Chase's best screen role. The only thing that's ever really bothered me about the Vacation films is that the Griswold's children are always played by different actors. Maybe I'm being picky, but I like continuity once in a while. There is a nice cameo from Eric Idle that was very funny and I liked the spoof of The Sound Of Music. Worth a watch.


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