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The Van -- A nice young man gets more than he bargained for when he acquires his fantasy vehicle...a van.


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Robert J. Rosenthal (written by) &
Celia Susan Cotelo (written by)
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Release Date:
7 April 1977 (USA) See more »
Bobby has a new machine... and everyone wants a ride! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Not too realistic perhaps, but fun document of the 1970's See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Stuart Goetz ... Bobby (as Stuart Getz)
Deborah White ... Tina

Harry Moses ... Jack

Marcie Barkin ... Sue
Bill Adler ... Steve
Steve Oliver ... Dugan (as Stephen Oliver)
Connie Hoffman ... Sally (as Connie Lisa Marie)

Danny DeVito ... Andy
Jim Kester ... Tom
Michael Gitomer ... Jim
Chuck Hastings ... Fat Policeman
Steven Stinebaugh ... Thin Policeman
Howard Dayton ... Friendly
David Ellenstein ... Basketball Player

Donald Elson ... Mr. Hump
Jean Howell ... Nora Hampton
Richard Karie ... Jaguar Owner
Walter Maslow ... Henry Hampton
Lillian McBride ... Bertha (as Lilyan McBride)
Duncan McLeod ... Man in Driveway
Michael G. Meday ... Drag Racer
Janie Mudrick ... Pinball Girl
James Oliver ... Van Customizer

Rock Riddle ... Beach Boy
Elizabeth Rogers ... Mrs. Eastman
Adina Ross ... Blond
Cherise Wilson ... Mexican Girl
Jacqueline Jacobs ... Graduation Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Mayday ... Van racer (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Grossman 
Writing credits
Robert J. Rosenthal (written by) (as Robert Rosenthal) &
Celia Susan Cotelo (written by)

Produced by
Paul Lewis .... producer
Marilyn Jacobs Tenser .... executive producer (as Marilyn J. Tenser)
Cinematography by
Irv Goodnoff (director of photography) (as Irvin Goodnoff)
Film Editing by
Pierre Jalbert 
Fabien D. Tordjmann  (as Fabien Tordjman)
Art Direction by
Russell Schwartz 
Makeup Department
Nancy Frechtling .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Morris Chapnick .... first assistant director
J. Daniel Dusek .... second assistant director (as Dan Dusek)
Art Department
Anne S. Coffey .... assistant property master (as Ayne Coffey)
Kenneth Hergenroeder .... property master (as Ken Hergenroeder)
Barry Rosenthal .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Mark Bovos .... sound mixer (as Mark Bovas)
John Leveque .... sound effects editor
Dan Vandegrift .... sound effects editor (as Dan Vandergrift)
Brett Wheatley .... boom operator (as Brett Wheatly)
Eddy Donno .... stunts co-ordinator
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Boyne .... second assistant camera (as William Boyne)
Allan Goodnoff .... key grip (as Alan Goodnoff)
Jacques Haitkin .... gaffer (as Jacques Haitken)
M. Todd Henry .... first assistant camera (as Todd Henry)
Richard Marshall .... electrician
Trina Mitchum .... still photographer
John Schrader .... grip
Christopher Tufty .... electrician (as Chris Tufty)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Diana Daniels .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Dennis Michelson .... assistant editor
Florent Retz .... assistant editor (as Danny Retz)
Music Department
Sammy Johns .... performer: songs
Sammy Johns .... writer: songs
Michael Lloyd .... musical supervisor
Other crew
Fred Chriss .... assistant to the executive producer
Don Daniels .... technical advisor
Jane Lear .... production assistant
Bridget Murphy .... production secretary
Eric Pierce .... van co-ordinator
Tondea Willis .... script supervisor (as Tondea Kay Willis)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"My Love Van" - Philippines (English title)
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92 min | USA:86 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

In 1979, Zylmex released a collection of toy "Super Vans" that included the "Straight Arrow" and "Van Killer" from this movie.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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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Not too realistic perhaps, but fun document of the 1970's, 9 September 2007
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

The teen sexploitation comedy had its heyday in the early 1980's with movies like "Porky's" and a brief revival years later with "American Pie" (and perhaps we're experiencing another right one now with the new movie "Superbad"). But these movies can really be traced back into the 1970's,(and perhaps even earlier in a much tamer form). The 70's movies were a little different, however, in that it was never clear whether they were trying to "exploit" the actual teenage audience of the era or just exploit the bodies of the "teenage" characters (almost always played by older actors) for the benefit of perverts of all ages. (Just look, for instance, at all the 1970's movies about cheerleaders, babysitters, and sexy female hitch-hikers).

This movie is somewhat unique then because, though it certainly fulfills its quota for female nudity, it really does seem to be aimed at actual 70's teenagers. It has a believable (relatively) and likable (very relatively) protagonist with a (somewhat)realistic problem: he wants to improve his love life by buying a customized van. It doesn't work too well at first, but eventually he has some success although not in the way he planned. This movie is not particularly funny, nor is it exactly neo-realism, but it does capture the spirit of the times enough to achieve a kind of nostalgia (which certainly can't be said about stuff like "The Cheerleaders"). I was actually just a kid at this time, but I remember being disappointed when I reached adolescence in the "just say no" Reagan era that my female peers weren't quite as, uh, fun as my teenage babysitters seemed to be back in this era. (At least, I personally never owned a van with a waterbed, a mirrored ceiling, and, for some reason, a toaster).

I'm sure this isn't a totally realistic movie about being a teenager in the 1970's, but it's as close as THESE kind of movies are probably going to get.

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