National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)

6.0 / Rated by 1 people

94 min.
Plot  The Griswold family competes in a game show called ''Pig in a Poke'' and wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe. In a whirlwind tour of western Europe, chaos of all sorts ensues. They stay in a fleabag London hotel with a sloppy, tattooed Cockney desk clerk (Mel Smith). While in their English rental car, a yellow Austin Maxi, Clark drives the family endlessly around the busy Lambeth Bridge roundabout for hours, unable to maneuver his way out of traffic. His tendency to drive on the wrong side of the road causes frequent accidents, including accidentally knocking over a bicyclist (Eric Idle), who reappears throughout the film. At Stonehenge, Clark backs the car into an ancient stone monolith, toppling all the stones like dominoes, which they do not even notice as they happily leave the scene.

In Paris, the family wears stenciled beret caps, causing Rusty to be teased by young women at the Eiffel Tower observation deck. Clark offers to get rid of the beret for Rusty, but when ...



Chevy Chase
Clark Griswald
Beverly D'Angelo
Ellen Griswald
Dana Hill
Audrey Griswald
Jason Lively
Russell "Rusty" Griswald
John Astin
Kent Winkdale
Mel Smith
London hotel manager
Robbie Coltrane
Man in bathroom
Maureen Lipman
Lady in the bed
Willy Millowitsch
Fritz Spritz
Paul McDowell
First English motorist
Ballard Berkeley
Second English motorist
Eric Idle
The Bike Rider
Victor Lanoux
The Thief
Moon Unit Zappa
Rusty's California girl
Claudia Neidig


All Titles

National Lampoon's European Vacation
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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