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The Van (1977)

R | | Comedy | 7 April 1977 (USA)
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:
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Bobby (as Stuart Getz)
Deborah White ...
Tina
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Jack
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Sue
Bill Adler ...
Steve
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Dugan (as Stephen Oliver)
Connie Hoffman ...
Sally (as Connie Lisa Marie)
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Andy
Jim Kester ...
Tom
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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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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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A teenage boy has two passions in his life - girls and his van. See more »

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Chevy Van  »

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Despite the song "Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns appearing throughout the soundtrack the titular "Van" is a 1977 Dodge B200 Tradesman van (which was prepared by legendary 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-ci "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 eight-track tape player. Two vans were built for the film. The primary van, which was used for all running 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

When the green van crashes during the drag race at the beach, you can clearly see that it is not the young kid portraying the van owner driving it, but that it is instead an older man, undoubtedly a stunt driver. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: There ain't a woman around who don't love the sound of a zipper comin' down...
[he barely finishes the line when the nude take-out waitress throws him on the waterbed and forces herself on him by mounting him with her very large buttocks ]
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Followed by Malibu Beach (1978) See more »

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Chevy Van
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Written and Performed by Sammy Johns
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oh what great memories
28 August 2006 | by (nor calif) – See all my reviews

In 1979, I was a boy of 12 years old, My parents had just got the home box office which was pretty new to our neighborhood. As a 12 year old boy, this was the first time I saw boobs on television. I will never forget the joy of those times. Racing vans, the total ass-wipe with the baddest van, the water bed, the smoking of herbs, the hot 70's chicks, the 'makin love in my Chevy van song, it was all so new to me. A complete movie with all of the memories you could hope for. I own it and enjoy it about once a year. When I watch this movie, it makes me want to get my skates, with 4 wheels, not in a strait line, go to the park and hunt down some babes with feathered hair. truly great memories of young adolescence!


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