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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:
The Van had some laughs in the beginning before going downhill later on 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

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Trivia:
Despite having a prominent co-starring billing, Danny DeVito is in this movie for seven minutes in a total of six scenes.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: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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Soundtrack:
Chevy VanSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Van had some laughs in the beginning before going downhill later on, 4 August 2010
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Okay, the VHS I bought of this movie at Grand Cinema Station was from a bargain basement company called Gemstone Entertainment. With that being the case, I should've known better than to even expect that the movie shown on it would play without cuts what with both cuss words blanked out and no nudity (good thing that some of the scenes shown on YouTube did have some skin). And as one would expect, it also is dishonest in showing Danny DeVito prominently on the cover as if he's the star, which is sooo far from the truth. The actual star is Stuart Goetz-best known for a guest appearance on "The Brady Bunch"-as just graduated teen Bobby who uses his college money to buy a, you know. DeVito plays his car wash boss Andy who has a weakness for gambling. Deborah White plays Tina who Bobby likes but she doesn't feel the same about him. Then there's a sexy blonde called Sally played by Connie Lisa Marie and her Neanderthal boyfriend named Dugan Hicks (Stephan Oliver who would reprise this role on Malibu Beach). Okay, I thought the first 45 minutes were pretty funny and hearing Sammy Johns "Chevy Van" and some of his other tunes were fun to hear. But then Bobby's constant pawing of Tina and her incessant rejection of him gets irritating real quick and "Chevy Van" gets played too many times, not to mention that director Sam Grossman does too many travelogue scenes whenever those songs play. And I thought the ending was definitely contrived. Also, the parents were wasted in their brief scenes though I did like Bobby's scene with his mother. Still, there was a nice montage of various vans as Bobby and Tina walk around the beach, there were some amusing undercranking when there were car chases, and Danny DeVito had a hilarious opening scene. So on that note, The Van is worth a look and if I ever see the uncensored version, I may comment further. Update 3/24/12: Just watched all the nude scenes on the full YouTube upload. Ms. Marie's with Goetz are especially hot with him and Ms. White a close second...

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