National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

PG-13 | 95 mins | Comedy | 26 July 1985

Producer:

Matty Simmons

Cinematographer:

Bob Paynter

Production Designer:

Robert Cartwright

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Actor Willy Millowitsch is credited as “William” Millowitsch in end credits.
       A 4 Sep 1984 HR news item referred to the film as Vacation II, while the 19 Sep 1984 Var, used the working title, Vacation In Europe, and reported filming would begin in Italy on 25 Oct 1984.
       The Movie Gazette of 26 Jul 1985 reported that English headquarters were at Twickenham Film Studios, and principal photography began at a replica of Stonehenge, built to three-quarter scale near Blewbury, Oxfordshire.
       The 16 Nov 1984 Motion Picture Product Digest reported additional locations in London, England, Paris, France, Rome, Italy, the Italian province of Tyrol, and Los Angeles, CA. Despite the various locations, filmmakers reported to the 30 Nov 1984 DV that the European shoot was “smooth” and “untroubled,” thanks to pre-planning and a cooperative cast.
       Filming completed mid-Dec 1984 in Los Angeles, CA, where the opening sequences were shot, as reported by the 17 Dec 1984 DV. The budget was $17 million according to the 30 Nov 1984 DV.
       The 26 Jul 1985 HR announced the nationwide opening that day in 1,541 theaters. The 31 Jul 1985 Var reported Warner Bros. Pictures, the film’s distributor, decided not to screen the picture for critics, which resulted in an absence of early reviews.
       According to the 5 Aug 1985 HR, box-office receipts from the opening on 1,546 screens totaled $20,002,638. The Oct 1985 Box reported a $36 million gross over the first seventeen days.
       The “Griswald” family first appeared in ... More Less

Actor Willy Millowitsch is credited as “William” Millowitsch in end credits.
       A 4 Sep 1984 HR news item referred to the film as Vacation II, while the 19 Sep 1984 Var, used the working title, Vacation In Europe, and reported filming would begin in Italy on 25 Oct 1984.
       The Movie Gazette of 26 Jul 1985 reported that English headquarters were at Twickenham Film Studios, and principal photography began at a replica of Stonehenge, built to three-quarter scale near Blewbury, Oxfordshire.
       The 16 Nov 1984 Motion Picture Product Digest reported additional locations in London, England, Paris, France, Rome, Italy, the Italian province of Tyrol, and Los Angeles, CA. Despite the various locations, filmmakers reported to the 30 Nov 1984 DV that the European shoot was “smooth” and “untroubled,” thanks to pre-planning and a cooperative cast.
       Filming completed mid-Dec 1984 in Los Angeles, CA, where the opening sequences were shot, as reported by the 17 Dec 1984 DV. The budget was $17 million according to the 30 Nov 1984 DV.
       The 26 Jul 1985 HR announced the nationwide opening that day in 1,541 theaters. The 31 Jul 1985 Var reported Warner Bros. Pictures, the film’s distributor, decided not to screen the picture for critics, which resulted in an absence of early reviews.
       According to the 5 Aug 1985 HR, box-office receipts from the opening on 1,546 screens totaled $20,002,638. The Oct 1985 Box reported a $36 million gross over the first seventeen days.
       The “Griswald” family first appeared in the 1983 picture, National Lampoon’s Vacation (see entry), and returned in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” (1989, see entry), and Vegas Vacation (1997, see entry). Actors Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo played the parents in all four pictures. However, each film hired different actors to play the “Griswald” children, “Rusty” and “Audrey.” In earlier and later Vacation films the surname “Griswald” is spelled as “Griswold” in onscreen credits. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Oct 1985.
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Daily Variety
30 Nov 1984.
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Daily Variety
17 Dec 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Sep 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 1985
p. 3, 5.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Aug 1985.
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Los Angeles Times
30 Jul 1985
p. 1, 4.
Motion Picture Product Digest
16 Nov 1984.
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New York Times
27 Jul 1985
p. 13.
The Movie Gazette
26 Jul 1985.
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Variety
19 Sep 1984.
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Variety
31 Jul 1985.
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Variety
31 Jul 1985
p. 14, 16.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
And
As The bike rider
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Warner Communications Company Presents
A Matty Simmons Production
An Amy Heckerling Film
Distributed by Warner Bros--A Warner Communications Company
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit
Unit mgr, 2d unit
Asst dir, 2d unit
Prod mgr, Italian crew
1st asst dir, Italian crew
2d asst dir, Italian crew
Prod mgr, French crew
Unit mgr, French crew
Unit prod mgr, U.S. crew
1st asst dir, U.S. crew
2d asst dir, U.S. crew
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Clapper loader
Gaffer
Best boy
Still photog
Cam op, 2d unit
Dir of photog, U.S. crew
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
Art dir, Italian crew
Art dir, French crew
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed, U.S. crew
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Const mgr
Supv prop master
Set dec, U.S. crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus staging by
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff by
Titles des
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist for Miss D'Angelo
Hairstylist
Makeup artist, U.S. crew
Hairstylist, U.S. crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Scr supv
Prod coord
Prod secy
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst to Ms. Heckerling
Secy to Mr. Simmons
Casting consultant
Continuity, 2d unit
Prod supv, Italian crew
Loc mgr, French crew
STAND INS
Stunt consultant
ANIMATION
"Pig In A Poke" anim by
"Pig In A Poke" anim by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Holiday Road,” performed by Lindsay Buckingham, courtesy of Phonogram International and Warner Bros. Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Some Like It Hot,” performed by Power Station, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
“A Town Called Malice,” performed by The Jam, courtesy of PolyGram Records
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SONGS
“Holiday Road,” performed by Lindsay Buckingham, courtesy of Phonogram International and Warner Bros. Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Some Like It Hot,” performed by Power Station, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
“A Town Called Malice,” performed by The Jam, courtesy of PolyGram Records
“Problemes D’Amour,” performed by Alexander Robotnick, courtesy of Sire Records/Materiali Sonori, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
“Ca Plane Pour Moi,” performed by Plastic Bertrand, courtesy of RKM Benelux
“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, produced by Phil Ehart and Ed Thacker, written by Terry Brock and Jim Odom.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Vacation II
European Vacation
Vacation in Europe
Release Date:
26 July 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 26 July 1985
Production Date:
25 October--mid December 1984
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers, Inc.
Copyright Date:
25 October 1985
Copyright Number:
PA266706
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Cameras by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
95
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Countries:
United Kingdom, Italy, France, United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Clark W. Griswald, his wife, Ellen, and their teenaged children, Audrey and Rusty, are contestants on a game show called “A Pig In A Poke.” They win the grand prize: a two-week, all-expense-paid European vacation. Audrey does not want to leave her boy friend, Jack, behind. Before they leave, Clark videotapes a provocative striptease performed by his wife. On the plane to London, England, Ellen dreams that she meets Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, Audrey has a nightmare of gaining weight from the rich European cuisine, and Rusty dreams of beautiful women fawning over him. Arriving in London, they follow the itinerary provided by the game show, which promises luxury accommodations. However, their hotel room is not up to par. Clark has trouble driving on the opposite side of the road, gets into three car accidents, and is stuck driving for hours in a roundabout. Sometime later, they visit Stonehenge, and Clark reverses his car into the rock installations, knocking them over like dominos, as he drives away. Next, the Griswald’s arrive in Paris, France, and a local man steals Clark’s video camera after he offers to take a family photograph. Clark buys everyone berets with their names on them, and they visit the Eiffel Tower. Later, they race through the Louvre museum in fifteen minutes, and Ellen pleads with Clark to slow down their tour. Audrey is distraught when she receives a break-up letter from Jack. The family drives to Germany to visit Clark’s distant relatives, Fritz and Helga. They arrive at the wrong home, however, and fail to realize the elderly couple are ... +


Clark W. Griswald, his wife, Ellen, and their teenaged children, Audrey and Rusty, are contestants on a game show called “A Pig In A Poke.” They win the grand prize: a two-week, all-expense-paid European vacation. Audrey does not want to leave her boy friend, Jack, behind. Before they leave, Clark videotapes a provocative striptease performed by his wife. On the plane to London, England, Ellen dreams that she meets Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, Audrey has a nightmare of gaining weight from the rich European cuisine, and Rusty dreams of beautiful women fawning over him. Arriving in London, they follow the itinerary provided by the game show, which promises luxury accommodations. However, their hotel room is not up to par. Clark has trouble driving on the opposite side of the road, gets into three car accidents, and is stuck driving for hours in a roundabout. Sometime later, they visit Stonehenge, and Clark reverses his car into the rock installations, knocking them over like dominos, as he drives away. Next, the Griswald’s arrive in Paris, France, and a local man steals Clark’s video camera after he offers to take a family photograph. Clark buys everyone berets with their names on them, and they visit the Eiffel Tower. Later, they race through the Louvre museum in fifteen minutes, and Ellen pleads with Clark to slow down their tour. Audrey is distraught when she receives a break-up letter from Jack. The family drives to Germany to visit Clark’s distant relatives, Fritz and Helga. They arrive at the wrong home, however, and fail to realize the elderly couple are not Fritz and Helga. The German couple do not speak English, but welcome the Griswalds to dinner, and allow them to spend the night. The family leaves the next day, thinking they had a nice visit with their family. At a German festival, Rusty meets a local girl named Claudia. After kissing her, she shows him her breasts. Elsewhere, Clark wears a Bavarian costume and joins performers on stage where he participates in a traditional dance. Clark accidentally incites a riot, and the family flees as an angry mob pursues. They board a train for Rome, Italy, but lose their luggage in the process. Meanwhile, two criminals hold up a Rome traveler’s check office, and tie-up the shopkeeper. When Clark arrives to reclaim his lost traveler’s checks, the criminals pretend they work in the shop, and give him three times the amount he lost. Additionally, they provide him with a rental car, in which they have hidden the shopkeeper in the trunk. The thieves secretly follow the Griswalds around Rome. The family buys extravagant Italian clothes, and later, the teens demand some time away from their parents. Ellen sees a billboard with a suggestive photograph of her on it, and realizes it came from the stolen video camera. She is furious with Clark for not erasing the provocative videotape as promised. The family goes their separate ways, and the criminals follow Ellen, who drives off with the hostage in the trunk. Elsewhere, Rusty meets an American girl, while Audrey attempts to purchase a ticket home to salvage her relationship with Jack. Meanwhile, Ellen proceeds to get drunk at the hotel bar, and is joined by one of the thieves, whom she recognizes from the travelers check shop. Believing him to be the shopkeeper, she regales him with her marital woes. When she goes to her hotel room, the man follows, and tries to seduce her. Ellen fights him off, and picks up the telephone to call police, but he holds a gun to her head and kidnaps her. As the thief escorts her out of the hotel, Ellen sees her daughter in the lobby, and throws her the keys to the car. Audrey realizes something is amiss, and when her father arrives, they chase Ellen and her kidnapper. Clark and Audrey race through the streets of Rome. As Clark crashes along the narrow streets, he sees Rusty and his new girl friend, who get into the automobile. When he gets a flat tire, Clark opens the truck and finds the bound shopkeeper inside. In mid-pursuit, Clark takes a nearby bicycle and chases after Ellen. He jumps into the convertible and the kidnapper crashes into a fountain. Ellen embraces Clark, and the Griswalds happily return to America. +

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