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Corvette Summer (1978)

PG | | Adventure, Comedy | 2 June 1978 (USA)
A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth W. Dantley Jr.
Ed McGrath
Plain Clothes Police Lecturer (as Bill Bryant)
Richard McKenzie ...
Principal Bacon
Kim Milford ...
Wayne Lowry
Mrs. Dantley
Las Vegas Con Man
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Older John - Rosalind's Admirer (as Cliff Pellow)
Wayne's Chain-Wielding Henchman
Wayne's Car Wash Henchman
Morgan Upton ...
New Owner of Vanessa's Van


Ken loves to design and build exotic cars. When the High School shop class project car, a fully tricked out dream Corvette, is stolen, he begins searching for it. His search leads him to Las Vegas, where Vanessa, a teenaged prostitute wannabe, helps him try to track it down. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Release Date:

2 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stingray  »

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The movie's original title was "The Hot One" which became part of one of the film's tag-lines which said "The Hot One Is Coming!". See more »


In the car chase at the end, both cars are almost completely covered with dust. When shown from overhead, they are sparkling clean. See more »


Kenneth W. Dantley, Jr.: Mr. McGrath? You a dance moniter? You look like somethin' off the Lawrence Welk Show.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.5 (2016) See more »


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Summer Lovin
26 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read several reviews about this movie before writing mine. I always do for some reason. The one common thread throughout a lot of the reviews is a point I definitely agree with. This movie oozes 70's cheese. Keep in mind, I happen to love the tackiness that only the 70's could offer.

Aside from that, this is a fairly simple, yet entertaining movie. Does it break any new ground? Certainly not. But how many movies do? Our main character, Kenny Dantley, builds and falls in love with a custom Corvette in his high school shop class. Not long after it is built the car is stolen. The cops tell Dantley and the rest of his shop class that the car most likely will never be recovered. Dantley refuses to accept this and heads to where he heard the car was last seen. Vegas. Along the way he falls in love with Vanessa, a wannabe hooker headed to Vegas to "go pro".

There is no doubt that this is a "B" grade drive in movie. That being said, if you are a "car guy" (as I am) this movie should prove to be worth watching. Anyone who has ever fallen in love with a car will understand Dantley's obsession. It's NOT "just" a car. Car guys know their obsessions are irrational, but that doesn't stop us. Call me crazy, but the attraction a car guy has to his favorite model isn't THAT much different than the one he feels to his dream girl.

Corvette Summer offers a few laughs and a return to a part of the 70's a lot would like to forget. The disco van scene. There are some familiar faces from the era and a great chase scene at the end of the movie. Not every movie is Oscar bound. Let's not forget a movies most important purpose is to entertain.

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