Friday, April 26, 2013

National Lampoon's European Vacation


1985 Comedy Film

Director: Amy Heckerling

Writer: John Hughes & Robert Klane

Cinematography: Robert Paynter

Running time: 95 minutes

Country: United States

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!

Cast:
Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo as Ellen Griswold
Dana Hill as Audrey Griswold
Jason Lively as Russell "Rusty" Griswold
John Astin as Kent Winkdale
Mel Smith as London Hotel Manager
Gwen Nelson as Hotel Manager's Mother
Robbie Coltrane as Man in Bathroom
Maureen Lipman as Lady in the Bed
William Zabka as Jack
Willy Millowitsch as Herr Spitz
Erika Wackernagel as Frau Spitz
Paul McDowell as First English Motorist
Ballard Berkeley as Second English Motorist
Eric Idle as The Bike Rider
Victor Lanoux as The Thief
Massimo Sarchielli as The Other Thief
Moon Unit Zappa as Rusty's California Girl

Plot
The Griswolds win a vacation tour across Europe where the usual havoc ensues.

Awards:
  1. BMI Film Music Award-Charles Fox-BMI Film & TV Awards

Trivia
Throughout all four Vacation movies, Ellen refers to Clark by the nickname "Sparky". In the DVD commentary for this movie, Chevy Chase mentions that the nickname was actually Beverly D'Angelo's idea, and she even affectionately calls him by that nickname in real life to this very day.

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4 star out of 5 stars

Friday, April 12, 2013

National Lampoon's Vacation


1983 Comedy Film

Director: Harold Ramis

Writer: John Hughes

Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper

Running time: 99 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Every summer Chevy Chase takes his family on a little trip. This year he                   went too far.

Cast:
Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold
Beverly D'Angelo as Ellen Griswold
Imogene Coca as Aunt Edna
Anthony Michael Hall as Russell "Rusty" Griswold
Dana Barron as Audrey Griswold
Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie
Christie Brinkley as Girl in Red Ferrari
John Candy as Officer Russ Lasky
Eddie Bracken as Roy Walley
Brian Doyle-Murray as Kamp Komfort Clerk
Miriam Flynn as Cousin Catherine
James Keach as Motorcycle Cop
Eugene Levy as Ed the Car Salesman
Gerry Black as Davenport
Frank McRae as Officer Grover
Jane Krakowski as Cousin Vicki
John P. Navin Jr. as Cousin Dale
Nathan Cook as Man Giving Directions
Mickey Jones as Mechanic
John Diehl as Assistant Mechanic
Michael Talbott as Cowboy
Henry Gibson as El Tovar hotel clerk
Randy Lowell as Wyatt Earp (as Randolph Dreyfuss)
James Staley as Motel Desk Clerk

Plot
The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

Awards: None

Trivia
The original ending of the film consisted of the Griswold family, after seeing that Walley World is closed, going to the Hollywood house of Roy Wally (Eddie Bracken), the owner of Walley World, and holding him and his family hostage and making them sing and dance Walley World theme songs before the police arrive to arrest all of them. This did not go over well with test-audiences and the in-park scenes with John Candy was a last minute alternate filmed over two weeks, four months after production ended. The original ending was deleted and is believed to be lost. Eddie Bracken never-less appeared as Roy Walley in both endings.

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5 star out of 5 stars

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