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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