The Love Bug (1968)

G  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  13 March 1969 (USA)
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A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tennessee Steinmetz / Tennessee
Joe E. Ross ...
Detective (as Joe E.Ross)
Barry Kelley ...
Police Sgt.
Iris Adrian ...
Andy Granatelli ...
Association President
Robert Foulk ...
Gil Lamb ...
Policeman at Park
Nicole Jaffe ...
Girl In Dune-buggy
Wally Boag ...
Flabbergasted Driver


Meet Jim Douglas, a down-on-his-luck race car driver who lives in an old run-down fire house in San Francisco with his friend Tennessee Steinmetz, a occasional drunk mechanic. One day, Jim went to a luxury car dealer and surprisingly seen a strange Volkswagon Beetle with a unusual problem, it tends to drive on it's own almost having its own mind. Then this car drove all the way to Jim's home. Believing that the owner of the car dealership Peter Thorndyke, planted the car on him. Then, Jim wanted to try out the car for himself, then, he experienced the nature of the car for himself. Then, Jim fixed it and now is in more control. Tennessee dubbed the car "Herbie". Then, Jim used Heribe for races. Jim then, was rising to fame and becoming more successful in racing, Then, Thorndyke wants Herbie back, but Jim refuses and Thorndyke wanted to compete against Jim in the races, then Thorndyke sabotaged Herbie before a race so, he can win. then, a big race known as the "El Dorado" was coming up... Written by John Wiggins

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It's a Love-in for Herbie... the incredible little car who shifts for himself! See more »


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1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Herbie got his name when the crew of the film was watching one of Buddy Hackett's skits about a ski instructor with a funny accent. Then Hackett said, "If you ain't got a herbie [pronounced as hoy-bie], I ain't goin'." The name stuck, permanently. See more »


When Herbie's tire comes off and rolls over the cliff, there is no rim. See more »


[first lines]
Jim Douglas: I'd like another shot at that prize money. Okay for next Sunday?
Bice: No, Jim, it ain't okay.
Jim Douglas: Now, look, Bice, I know...
Bice: No, *you* look. All my drivers are eighteen, nineteen... You're too old for these kid snorts. You're liable to get hurt in there.
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At the end of the end credits, the words "The End" turn into an animated bug which drives away from the screen. See more »


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The Love Bug will drive it's way into your heart
19 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Love Bug is one of my favorite Disney movies. A movie about a car with a mind of it's own, a vw beetle with a heart, how could you not love a movie like that. Among all the great characters are the evil Peter Thorndyke, the beautiful Carole, the down on his luck driver Jim Douglas and the best one of the bunch Buddy Hackett as the wonderfully eccentric Tennessee Steinmetz, Tennessee has a Buddhist soul and does not discount the car as being alive. Love Bug is funny, sad and has scenes that will leave you to tears, you will laugh and shake your head. RIP Buddy wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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