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


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Trivia

According to the filmmakers in the DVD documentary, Herbie's #53 comes from star baseball pitcher Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers. See more »

Goofs

When Jim tries to make Herbie stop by shutting off the ignition, but it's stuck, the ignition key is already in the off position. 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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Crazy Credits

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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Made for the whole family
1 May 2000 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

The phrase "they don't make 'em like this any more" has become a bit of a cliche, but in this case it certainly applies.

This minor classic proves that there really was a time in which family entertainment movies were made for the whole family. The performances are excellent, especially David Tomlinson makes a gorgeous comedy villain. However, Dean Jones' play is equally recommendable, as the heroic lead is a much less rewarding role in pictures like this - while Tomlinson can just go for full throttle lovable nastiness, Jones needs to provide just the right dosages of heroism, arrogant charm, etc. to keep his character believable and flawed and likeable.


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