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The Van (1977)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  7 April 1977 (USA)
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Bobby blows all his college savings on a van and tries to get the girl of his dreams. It's a wild time with Bobby and his friends.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Goetz ...
Bobby (as Stuart Getz)
Deborah White ...
Tina
...
Jack
...
Sue
Bill Adler ...
Steve
Steve Oliver ...
Dugan (as Stephen Oliver)
Connie Hoffman ...
Sally (as Connie Lisa Marie)
...
Andy
Jim Kester ...
Tom
Michael Gitomer ...
Jim
Chuck Hastings ...
Fat Policeman
Steven Stinebaugh ...
Thin Policeman
Howard Dayton ...
Friendly
David Ellenstein ...
Basketball Player
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Mr. Hump
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Storyline

Bobby is a Los Angeles teenager who buys a customized Dodge van to pick up girls and spruce up his dull life, all while trying to win money racing other vans in order to pay for his own. Written by Anonymous

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8-Track, Waterbed, Mirrored Ceiling, Shag Everything! Shag... Anywhere! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

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7 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chevy Van  »

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Trivia

Despite the song "Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns appearing throughout the soundtrack of the film, the titular "Van" is a 1977 Dodge B200 Tradesman van (which was prepared for the film by the legendary motion picture car customizer George Barris). The van, purchased at Claude Short Dodge in Santa Monica, California, is the extended version of the B200 Dodge, featuring a 360 cubic inch "small block" Chrysler V8 engine, automatic transmission, and air conditioning. The customization includes a four-foot circular window on the driver's side, a water bed, mirrored ceiling, carpeted and padded walls, drink rack, refrigerator, a TV, a table with a built-in toaster, captain's chairs, and a CB radio and 8-track tape player. Two vans were built for the film. The primary van, which was used for all running shots and interior shots, featured all the customizations listed above. The stunt van (a 1972 Dodge cargo van dressed to look like the primary 1977 Dodge van), was used for the drag racing scenes, and did not feature a full interior. See more »

Goofs

Although the hit song "Chevy Van" is played often throughout the picture, and the movie itself was retitled "Chevy Van" on re-release, the van in this film is actually a Dodge. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [after a take-out waitress praises his van] Hey, you wanna go share a joint on the waterbed?
Take-out waitress: Waterbed? Really? I just love waterbeds.
Bobby: It's right there in the back.
Take-out waitress: I really don't have time for a joint. But I got some time for a...
[signaling a humping motion]
Take-out waitress: quickie.
Bobby: Ah... yeah... sure.
[the take-out waitress steps out from behind the counter, making Bobby gasp upon noticing her very large buttocks on her otherwise thin body]
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang My Head and Moan
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Sammy Johns
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Drive-in classic!
31 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie at the drive-in, when I was a teenager. .

I wanted a van so bad after this movie, never happened. . .

For a taste of what the teenagers of the 1970's . .

Wanted and enjoyed, see this movie! . .

The plot seems dated now But at the time.

But the actors are good.

A van was the "it" thing to have at the time.

The Main song for this movie "Chevy Van" . .

Is a classic, every time I hear it . .

Takes me back to that summer and the good times!


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