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National Lampoon's European Vacation

  • Comedy
  • Action
  • 1985
  • Amy Heckerling
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Over-active, over-eager and over here, the Griswald family has won a de luxe trip to the "Old World" on an American TV quiz show. Europe had better watch out - where this foursome go, disaster is sure to follow.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Co-scripted by teen-pic maestro John Hughes (The Breakfast Club), this politically incorrect comedy from director Amy Heckerling should be dismissed without hesitation. But there is something endearing about the Griswold family, and Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's infectious enthusiasm manages to sweep you along (as begrudgingly as kids Jason Lively and Dana Hill) on this cliché-ridden package tour. Every conceivable national stereotype is pressed into service, as polite British cyclists, rude French waiters, aggressive Germans in lederhosen and Mafia hit men are trotted out with soothing predictability. Nothing could prepare you for the highlight, however a whistle-stop tour of the Louvre to legendary Belgian pop star Plastic Bertrand's seminal song Ça Plâne pour Moi.

Credits

Cast

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Clark W GriswoldChevy Chase
Ellen GriswoldBeverly D'Angelo
Audrey GriswoldDana Hill
Rusty GriswoldJason Lively
Quiz hostJohn Astin
ThiefVictor Lanoux
Bike riderEric Idle
Hotel managerMel Smith
Man in bathroomRobbie Coltrane
Lady In bedMaureen Lipman
Mr FroegerPaul Bartel (1)
Mrs FroegerCynthia Szigeti
The Froegers' sonMalcolm Danare
The Froegers' daughterKevi Kendall
First game show hostessSheila Kennedy
Second game show hostessTrisha Long
JackWilliam Zabka
London stewardessWendy Goldman
Court announcerAngus MacKay
Princess DiJulie Wooldridge
Prince CharlesPeter Hugo

Crew

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DirectorAmy Heckerling

Details

Released on
1986-01-03
Languages
English | German | Italian | French
Guidance
Edited language, sex scenes.
Available on
video and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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