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Director:
Writers:
Robert J. Rosenthal (written by) &
Celia Susan Cotelo (written by)
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Release Date:
7 April 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Bobby has a new machine... and everyone wants a ride! See more »
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
"I want to take out ALL of you in my van, not just your nose!" See more (25 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
Original Music by
Steve Eaton 
 
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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
92 min | USA:86 min (DVD version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

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:
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Chevy VanSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"I want to take out ALL of you in my van, not just your nose!", 29 October 2007
Author: OKCRay from United States

OK, our hero doesn't REALLY say that line in this movie, but if you haven't figured it out already, Stuart Getz is mostly known to millions as Charley in that legendary Brady Bunch episode where Marcia gets hit in the nose with the football (he was the dorky one with the wallpaper samples).

Anyway THAT'S where you've seen our "star" before... now on to the movie.

This was a big drive-in hit in the summer of 1977 and is a pretty good time capsule for that era. Guy hopes to impress chicks with tricked-out van, gets challenged to drag-race by rival. Lotsa partying and late-teen hijinks ensue. Feather-light script would probably take at least 24 hours to hit the floor if it were dropped from the ceiling, but it's still a fun (albeit hokey) remnant from the "drive-in swill" days of the '70s. The Rhino DVD is probably the best version (it's not heavily edited like other versions out there); the only drawbacks are it's full-frame, there are a few imperfections in the print and some of the color didn't age very well, but that doesn't really detract from overall enjoyment of the movie (if anything it enhances the "70s feeling"). Fans of "Joe Bob Briggs-type" movies will enjoy!

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