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National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

Chevy Chase , Beverly D'Angelo , Amy Heckerling  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Dana Hill, Jason Lively, John Astin
  • Directors: Amy Heckerling
  • Writers: John Hughes, Robert Klane
  • Producers: Matty Simmons, Stuart Cornfeld
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y71D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Lampoon's European Vacation" on IMDb

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After winning a tour package in a game show, the bickering Griswald family carve a trail of destruction through England (where they knock over Stonehenge), France, Germany, and Italy. Somehow Ellen (Bevery D'Angelo), the mom, gets kidnapped by gangsters, leading to a car chase that reunites the family, despite their differences. It's hard to believe that National Lampoon's European Vacation is only the second of the Vacation movies; it has the exhausted pallor of the last of a long series of sequels, drained of all zest or original ideas. The charmless smirk of Chevy Chase, mechanical in its idiocy, hangs over European Vacation like a death mask. It's hard to believe that this hack was once the funny and sexy hero of Foul Play. D'Angelo keeps her chin up and gives the movie whatever class it may have; she deserves better. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

The Griswalds are on vacation again when they win a deluxe tour of the old world and take on the European continent -- the continent loses.

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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT the original theatrical version! September 19, 2003
Format:DVD
This is NOT the original version!!! I'm very disappointed that Amazon.com didn't disclose this information. Scenes are missing and parts are dubbed over. Funny parts are still funny but it's just not the same. I feel duped.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero stars. Please don't buy this. March 5, 2003
Format:DVD
I'm flabbergasted that they put the dumbed-down tv version of this movie on dvd and not the theatrical version. They took scenes out, changed scenes and dubbed dialog to create this mess of a dvd. Not only that, but the movie looks funny. The aspect ratio they used makes the movie look weird. I was eagerly waiting for this funny, well-done movie to be released on dvd and I am bitterly disappointed at this made-for-tv garbage. This tv version will only appeal to an unsophisticated mass audience.
Attention Warner Home Video: If you are reading this, you need to issue a press release in which you apologize for this garbage and then announce that you will release an uncut version of the movie on dvd.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars National Lampoons European Vacation January 22, 2003
By Pepper
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed when I purchased the dvd from Amazon.com only to find that parts of the movie are cut and some
of the language has been either eliminated or dubbed.
I expect to purchase a movie in its entirety. I feel
I was cheated. I absolutely loved this movie and
I don't feel we should purchase movies that
have been edited from its original content.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rating the disc, not the movie. October 5, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I of course love the first two "Vacation" movies and I always will. So I was excited to see this come out on Blu-Ray. Sadly, this is yet another "cas grab" Blu-Ray that is nothing more than an upconverted DVD in disguise - grainy picture, mediocre sound. You're better off saving a few dollars and getting the DVD instead, as you'll get the exact same home theater experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not on par with the original, but pretty close! April 19, 2005
Format:DVD
Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo return as Clark and Ellen Griswold in National Lampoon's European Vacation, sequel to the original Vacation movie and precursor to the holiday classic Christmas Vacation. Like the other films, this edition contains different cast members to play the roles of Griswold children Audrey (Dana Hill) and Rusty (Jason Lively). The only Vacation movie that doesn't feature Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid), European Vacation is nevertheless one hilarious movie. It's an old school comedy like they just don't make anymore...

When the Griswold family appears on the hit TV game show, Pig In A Poke, they inadvertently beat a superior family and win an all-expenses paid trip to Europe. As usual, Clark is giddy about the wonderful trip of family bonding which he dreams his family will enjoy. But Audrey is mortified at the prospect of leaving her boyfriend behind. Nevertheless, the Griswolds hop on a plane bound for Europe.

Right off the bat, Clark's dream vacation begins to experience shortcomings. The first hotel the family stays in is a half-star dump with a community bathroom, and Clark gets stuck on a circular roadway where he endlessly passes by Big Ben and Parliament. A couple of brilliant guest appearances are turned in by Eric Idle (of Monty Python fame) who plays the role of a zealously friendly biker. In one of the funniest scenes in the film, Clark smashes into the biker, who apologizes to Clark while hobbling away from the wreck and who springs a bloody leak from his wrist that he passes off as a mere "flesh wound". When Clark hits another motorist, he and the family are given the man's bumper as a souvenir to take home to America.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Europe may never be the same March 5, 2010
By falcon
Format:DVD
in this installment of the Vacation franchise the Griswald clan head to Europe,and fun times ensue,especially for the viewer.i thought so any way.i found this second film in the series to be just as funny as the first,which is a pleasant surprise since more often than not a sequel generally goes down in quality from the original.there's one pretty funny running gag,and the jokes are all funny,although sometimes you can see them coming a mile away.but it doesn't matter because they're so funny.this one came out in 1985,and like the first movie,this one stands the test of time.lets hope it stands up to repeated viewings.for me,European Vacation is a 4/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars European Vacation is an 80's classic! April 19, 2009
Format:DVD
As far as sequels go, European Vacation succeeds in being fun, entertaining and completely watchable. While it may not have the greatness of the original which I give 5 stars, I can easily rate European with a strong 4 stars. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are back as Clark and Ellen Griswold. Jason Lively and Dana Hill play Rusty and Audrey, looking and acting much goofier than the first time. Beverly D'Angelo who I adore shines more in this sequel than she has in all the other films. Her song and dance number "Big Spender" in the bathroom is terrific! She has a great voice. (She also sang all the songs in the movie Coal Miner's Daughter when she played Patsy Cline.) Other highlights in the film are on the plane trip to Europe when each Griswold has their own fantasy dream (including the Royal Family, "Some Like it Hot," and a rendition of The Sound of Music) or food nightmare in Audrey's case. In London, Clark unknowingly abuses the man at the hotel who is trying to help them with their bags and then he mistakingly gets in bed with a hairy-legged woman who won't let go. The next day they get in multiple car wrecks, hit a biker (Eric Idle) and an unlucky visit to Stonehenge ruins a piece of English history. In Paris, a dog jumps off the Eiffel Tower, Clark and Ellen find Rusty checking out the French culture at a seedy nightclub with a hooker and the family gets insulted by a waiter speaking in French. In Germany, the Griswold's visit the wrong relatives, Clark gets into a fist fight at a German beer festival and then chased out of town by an angry mob. In Rome, the Griswold's get to try out some Italian fashions to a cool number and after Ellen is kidnapped from a thief at the traveler's check store, a chase ensues through the streets to save her! This movie is great fun to watch. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It is showing its age
Doesn't hold up through the years. Memory of the film is much better. Even the funny bits like Stonehenge have wore thin. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Mike Lefebvre
5.0 out of 5 stars Chevy Chase fan.
I'm a sucker for all these old school comedies because they were much better in terms of not being too sexual or crude like the comedies of modern day. But that's just me.
Published 13 days ago by Stephen Liusa Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movies!!!!
This is an all time classic!!! Never gets old. Even my kids who are picky at what they watch lived it!!!
Published 22 days ago by Steve Hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny this time.
We saw it years ago but wanted to see it again after traveling to
England and surviving the many roundabouts.
Published 29 days ago by Melanie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so funny
Slow moving and predictable punch lines, typical scenes without much of a story line. Starts slow and ends slow. Avoid.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Gosling
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie!
I gave this as a Christmas gift to my grandson and he
loves it. It has some hysterical laughs and family
bonding scenes as well. an overall good movie.
Published 2 months ago by Adrianus Schweinsbergen
5.0 out of 5 stars great piece of film
Chevy Chase is a comedic genious, and the chemistry between he and Beverly D'angelo is stunning. a must have for fans of any other vacation movie.
Published 2 months ago by shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
I absolutely love this movie, I could watch it over and over again, but on that note I could watch all the vacations over again. :) It also came in great condition.
Published 2 months ago by ShylohsRedShadow
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth even a free showing.
Very stupid movie, not nearly as good as the original. There are a few amusing moments (mostly involving Eric Idle), but otherwise this is a disappointment throughout.
Published 2 months ago by J. Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars My review.
Excellent movie and it is recommended to all.
I especially enjoyed watching the blue ray version of it. Ioved it.
Published 2 months ago by Shiya Feinman
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