National Lampoon's European Vacation

Warner Bros. Released 1985




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Movie Summary

Amy Heckerling

The Griswald family is back for another vacation after their first trip was so memorable. They decide to fly to Europe this time but actually end up getting into a whole new level of misadventure. Whether it's knocking over all of the monuments at Stonehenge or getting Ellen's pornographic image on a billboard, the Griswald's sure know how to have a vacation.


Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Chicago Tribune

    Too many scenes in European Vacation peter out about a gag or two short for the film to be as funny as it ought to be. But the basic amiability of the humor is as pleasant as it is...

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Chase and D'Angelo are clever and naturally funny, and they're well-matched. And yet the movie is dumb, so dumb it must have taken some work to make it that way. Perhaps next the G...

  • 50

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    National Lampoon's European Vacation is directed by Amy Heckerling, whose career began with the spunky if not inventive Fast Times at Ridgemont High and continued with the inventiv...

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase

Clark Griswold

Beverly D'Angelo

Beverly D'Angelo

Ellen Griswold

Jason Lively

Jason Lively

Russell 'Rusty' Griswold

Dana Hill

Dana Hill

Audrey Griswold

Malcolm Danare

Malcolm Danare

Son Froeger

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  • NOTES (4)

    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $49,364,621 (14th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $113,469,101

    • Filming locations include:
      Bressanone, Bolzano, Trentino - Alto Adige, Italy
      Crockett Hotel - 320 Bonham, San Antonio, Texas
      Chelsea, London, England
      London, England
      Paris, France
      Rome, Lazio, Italy

    • Tagline:
      For over two thousand years, Europe has survived many great disasters. Now for the real test. Chevy Chase & his family are coming from America!

    • Music:
      Holiday Road
      Performed by Lindsey Buckingham
      Some Like It Hot
      Performed by Power Station
      A Town Called Malice
      Written by Paul Weller
      Performed by The Jam
      Problem's d'amour
      Performed by Alexander Robotnick
      Ca plane pour moi
      Performed by Plastic Bertrand
      Pig In a Poke
      Written by Danny Gould
      Baby It's You, Yes I Am
      Performed by Danger Zone
      Written and Produced by Lloyd Chiate and John Nelson
      New Looks
      Performed by Dr. John
      Lyrics by John Bettis
      Music by Charles Fox
      Back in America
      Performed by Network
      Solo Guitar - Tom Baker
      Written by Terry Brock and Jim Doom
      Big Spender
      Written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields


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