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Director:
Writers:
Bill Walsh (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
13 March 1969 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Herbie Will Honk His Way Into Your Heart. See more »
Plot:
A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Herbie, the little VW with a mind of its own See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dean Jones ... Jim Douglas

Michele Lee ... Carole Bennett

David Tomlinson ... Peter Thorndyke

Buddy Hackett ... Tennessee Steinmetz

Joe Flynn ... Havershaw
Benson Fong ... Mr. Wu
Joe E. Ross ... Detective (in opening credits) (as Joe E.Ross)
Barry Kelley ... Police Sgt.
Iris Adrian ... Carhop
Andy Granatelli ... Association President

Ned Glass ... Toll Booth Attendant
Robert Foulk ... Bice
Gil Lamb ... Policeman at Park
Nicole Jaffe ... Girl In Dune-buggy
Wally Boag
Russ Caldwell ... Boy Driving Dune-buggy
Max Balchowsky
Peter Renaday ... Policeman on Bridge (as P.L. Renoudet)

Brian Fong ... Chinese Carrying Herbie
Alan Fordney
Stan Duke

Gary Owens ... Announcer
Chick Hearn ... Announcer

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Mexican Driver (as Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez)
Dale Van Sickel ... Driver
Regis Parton ... Driver (as Reg Parton)
Regina Parton ... Driver

Tom Bamford ... Driver
Bob Drake ... Driver
Marion J. Playan ... Driver
Hall Brock ... Driver

Bill Hickman ... Driver
Rex Ramsey ... Driver
Hal Grist ... Driver
Lynn Grate ... Driver
Larry Schmitz ... Driver
Dick Warlock ... Driver (as Richard Warlock)
Dana Derfus ... Driver
Everett Creach ... Driver
Gerald Jann ... Driver
Bill Couch ... Driver
Ted Duncan ... Driver
Robert F. Hoy ... Driver (as Robert Hoy)
Gene Roscoe ... Driver
Jock Mahoney ... Driver (as Jack Mahoney)
Charles Willis ... Driver
Richard Brill ... Driver
Roy Butterfield ... Driver
Rudy Doucette ... Driver
J.J. Wilson ... Driver
Jim McCullough Sr. ... Driver (as Jim McCullough)

Bud Ekins ... Driver
Glenn R. Wilder ... Driver (as Glenn Wilder)
Gene Curtis ... Driver
Robert James ... Driver
John Timanus ... Driver
Bob Harris ... Driver
Fred Krone ... Driver
Dick Geary ... Driver (as Richard Geary)

Jesse Wayne ... Driver
Jack Perkins ... Driver
Fred Stromsoe ... Driver
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... Driver (as Ronnie Rondell)
Kim Brewer ... Driver

Herbie The Love Bug ... Itself (as Herbie)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry J. Blake ... Race Track Timekeeper (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Track Official (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Mr. Wu's Manager (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Mexican Official (uncredited)
Allen Jung ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Kathryn Minner ... Flower Saleswoman (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Race Track Starter (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Policeman on Bridge (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
 
Writing credits
Bill Walsh (screenplay) &
Don DaGradi (screenplay)

Gordon Buford (story)

Produced by
Bill Walsh .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Bruns 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Colman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Cotton Warburton 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
John B. Mansbridge 
 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Emile Kuri 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Paul Cameron .... unit manager (as Paul L.Cameron)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Hibler .... assistant director
Arthur J. Vitarelli .... second unit director
Robert Webb .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound mixer
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Wylie .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects (as Dan Lee)
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... special photographic effects
Eustace Lycett .... special photographic effects
Alan Maley .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Max Balchowsky .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Harris .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stan Reed .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
Emily Sundby .... costumer
 
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Walter Sheets .... orchestration
 
Other crew
Carey Loftin .... supervisor: driving sequences
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
108 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Iceland:L | Norway:A | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:G (Approved No. 21083) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Dean Jones who plays Jim Douglas in the movie, also plays the role of the hippy in the drive-in scene.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Herbie's tire comes off and rolls over the cliff there is no rim.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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Soundtrack:
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Herbie, the little VW with a mind of its own, 22 December 2004
Author: tvnutt from USA

This is a true Disney Classic, in fact Walt Disney had a hand in developing the story but, sad to say, never lived to see it hit the big screen. In the film, we learn rather quickly that race car driver Jim Douglas(Dean Jones) has hit rock bottom after being a prominent race car driver(what caused his demise? it's not explained but it appears that he got into quite a few bang ups). He lives with a Buddhist named Tennessee Steinmetz(Buddy Hackett)who finds a soul in everything.

Jim soon looks for a new car and comes across a fancy dealership, only to be embarrassed by the owner Peter Thorndyke(David Tomlinson) who refuses Jim's $80 offer for a gorgeous race car. While in the showroom, a VW rolls in that was supposed to be scrapped. As Thorndyke berates the little car, Jim sticks up for it and soon the car thinks it has a friend and follows Jim home. To avoid being blamed for stealing the car, Jim agrees to buy it from Thorndyke but the car acts up. Jim is about to return it when he's caught in a drag race because someone makes fun of the VW. Herbie blows the competition away and Jim falls in love with the car's speed, but Tennessee knows it has heart and names it Herbie.

Soon Jim, Herbie and Tennessee are winning races and Jim's ego inflates while Thorndyke's temper grows since he too races and loses every time to Herbie. Thorndyke decides to sabotage the little car and when he succeeds, Jim turns his back on Herbie. Once Jim realizes HE hasn't being winning the races he tries to find Herbie who has since run off. Herbie gets impounded after an accident and Jim must sell him to a Chinese man who agrees to let Jim drive Herbie in a big race. If Jim wins, he gets to buy Herbie back for a buck. Needless to say, Thorndyke once again sabotages Herbie,but hey, this is Disney. Who do YOU think wins out at the end?

I had to give this movie a 10 because it has so much going for it. Comedy, some drama, romance. We know very little about Jim Douglas except when Tennessee describes him as down on his luck, angry, and one who was prone to getting into trouble. Jones did an excellent job as the cocky, angry, egotistical driver who is knocked down a few pegs by his friends and a little car. The character mirrored Jones back then, who admits in his biography that he was a dirt bike racing nut prone to losing his temper quite a bit and having an affinity for women other than his wife. Michelle Lee is grand but we don't see much of her and Hackett plays the sincere bit amazingly well especially when he tells Jim that he was nothing without Herbie. For comedic relief David Tomlinson was terrific as was his assistant Havershaw(Joe Flynn of McHale's Navy fame).

Yes there are some over the top, goofy and somewhat embarrassing sight gags and a few interesting moments(i.e. Carol thinking Jim has ulterior motives when Herbie brings them to a make-out point, i.e. when Herbie tries to kill itself, and when Jim finally admits to Carol that he's just a bum), but the film has heart, like Herbie. The film had three more sequels, a five part TV miniseries, a re-make in 1998(or so) and there's a new film coming out. Jones only did Love Bug, Monte Carlo(film 3), the miniseries and made a pathetic appearance in the 1998 film. In each one, Jones was still down on his luck but nothing like the sad figure he portrayed in Love Bug. Great classic film, filled with 60's nostalgia.

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