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The Love Bug (1968)

 -  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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Havershaw
Benson Fong ...
Mr. Wu
Joe E. Ross ...
Detective (as Joe E.Ross)
Barry Kelley ...
Police Sgt.
Iris Adrian ...
Carhop
Andy Granatelli ...
Association President
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Robert Foulk ...
Bice
Gil Lamb ...
Policeman at Park
Nicole Jaffe ...
Girl In Dune-buggy
Wally Boag
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Storyline

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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Herbie Will Honk His Way Into Your Heart. See more »


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13 March 1969 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When beginning production of the film, Disney set up a casting call for about a dozen cars, and kept them outside the studios for the crew to examine during their breaks. Among the lineup were Toyotas, Volvos, and of course, the pearl white Volkswagen Beetle. When the crew walked by to inspect the cars, they would kick the tires and grab the steering wheel to see how it handled. However, when they came across the Volkswagen, they began to pet it, and so the Beetle got the job. See more »

Goofs

When Tennesee is shown (in between shots of Herbie's engine failing) after realizing what happened with the Irish coffee, he looks at the car when he realizes this, then his head is down upon the rail. After the car fails, he is again looking up then lowers his head again into the position that it was already seen to be in. See more »

Quotes

[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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Followed by The Love Bug (1997) See more »

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Tik-Tak-Polka op. 365
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauß
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the best one in the series
22 August 2001 | by (newton, kansas) – See all my reviews

Definitely this one is the best in the whole Herbie series. The characters are excellent. I found Dean Jones (Douglas) the most interesting to watch. At the beginning of the movie, he is totally dependent upon himself, not thinking the little car he is driving is actually doing it all for him. At the end, it is totally different. Michele Lee (Carole) helps to tame Jones really well and works very well at supporting Jones. Buddy Hackett (Tennessee) is a very interesting and funny character to watch - his belief that Herbie has an inner person in him, talking to Herbie as if Herbie actually had a real soul, and so on. David Tomlison (Thornkyke) as the movie villain is so cool. His lines are funny and his actions are engaging to the very end. Herbie himself is great providing all the laughs as well as only a Volkswagon can. Herbie was what really inspired me to want to get a VW bug. "The Love Bug" is terrific and if you like slapstick commedy, this film is for you. Only don't get too disappointed if you come away feeling that you're too old for this film.


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