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Hal Barwood (written by) &
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Release Date:
2 June 1978 (USA) See more »
And he thought fast cars were a thrill... See more »
A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mark Hamill ... Kenneth W. Dantley Jr.

Annie Potts ... Vanessa

Eugene Roche ... Ed McGrath

William Bryant ... Plain Clothes Police Lecturer (as Bill Bryant)

Richard McKenzie ... Principal Bacon
Kim Milford ... Wayne Lowry

Philip Bruns ... Gil

Danny Bonaduce ... Kootz

Albert Insinnia ... Ricci

Jane A. Johnston ... Mrs. Dantley

Stanley Kamel ... Las Vegas Con Man
Clifford A. Pellow ... Older John - Rosalind's Admirer (as Cliff Pellow)

Jason Ronard ... Wayne's Chain-Wielding Henchman

Brion James ... Wayne's Car Wash Henchman

Morgan Upton ... New Owner of Vanessa's Van

Jonathan Terry ... Van Nuys Policeman (as Jon Terry)
Isaac Ruiz ... Tico (as Isaac Ruiz Jr.)

Dick Miller ... Mr. Lucky
William Pierson ... Gas Station Salesman
Richard Altman ... Teacher

Wendie Jo Sperber ... Kuchinsky
MacIntyre Dixon ... Counterman
Lisa Tollefson ... High School Newspaper Photographer
Neil Thompson ... Las Vegas Policeman

T.K. Carter ... Car Washer Employee
Harlan Warde ... Las Vegas Police Lieutenant
Patrick Burns ... Hotel Doorman #1 (as Patrick J. Burns)
Michael R. Beard ... The Flying Michaels
Alan Friedman ... Hotel Doorman #2
Marion Scherer ... Hooker
Nathan Jung ... Bouncer

Richard Roat ... Desk Clerk
Jan Burrell ... Gil's Gas Station Customer

Paddi Edwards ... Loop Gaffer (as Paddy Edwards)
David Byrd ... Loop Cameraman
Bill Gentry ... Mr. Borodino
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rio ... (uncredited)

Ken Tipton ... Irate Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Matthew Robbins 
Writing credits
Hal Barwood (written by) &
Matthew Robbins (written by)

Produced by
Hal Barwood .... producer
Original Music by
Craig Safan 
Cinematography by
Frank Stanley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Amy Holden Jones  (as Amy Jones)
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
Art Direction by
James L. Schoppe  (as James Schoppe)
Set Decoration by
Richard Spero 
Makeup Department
Alan Friedman .... makeup artist (as Alan I. Friedman)
Robert L. Stevenson .... hairdresser (as Robert Stevenson)
Production Management
Jack Terry .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Bloom .... assistant director
Buddy Joe Hooker .... second unit director
Toby Lovallo .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kent H. Johnson .... property master (as Kent Johnson)
Sound Department
Willie D. Burton .... sound
Michael J. Kohut .... sound
William L. McCaughey .... sound (as William McCaughey)
John Riordan .... sound editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound
Bobby Bass .... stunt coordinator
Janet Brady .... stunts (as Janet Brady Gibbs)
Greg Brickman .... stunts
Rip Clark .... stunts
Tony Epper .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts (as Jim Halty)
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Bill Hooker)
Hugh Hooker .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Tom Huff)
Ed Lang .... stunts
Elizabeth Moorman .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Bobby Bass .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... additional photography (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Vic Rivers .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Howell .... key grip (as Buddy Howell)
Rexford L. Metz .... photography: second unit (as Rexford Metz)
John R. Shannon .... still photographer
Louis Niemeyer .... second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aggie Guerard Rodgers .... wardrobe (as Agnes Rodgers)
Editorial Department
David Ramirez .... assistant editor
Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor
William Saracino .... music editor
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Regina Gruss .... unit publicist
Richard G. Korkes .... technical advisor
Dale M. Robbins .... craft service (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Hot One" - , USA (working title)
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105 min | Argentina:108 min (video)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | USA:PG

Did You Know?

The Corvette car was a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray converted to right hand drive so that Mark Hamill could hang out of the curbside window looking at the ladies. The car was also painted candy apple / cherry, given superior mags, a clam-shell hood, Gabriel shocks, Merry tubes, a metal flake, side-pipes, and flames painted on the body.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Ken is chasing the Vette on a bicycle, he hitches boosts in speeds by holding on to various cars along the way. At one point, a construction pickup is one of these "boosts." The driver had to honk and actually slow down for the stuntman on the bike to catch up and grab hold.See more »
Vanessa:Whatta you drink, motor oil?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #33.5" (2016)See more »
Give Me the NightSee more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Tank Half Full Or Half Empty?, 19 August 2007
Author: jonathon_naylor from Manitoba, Canada

The gas tank is either half full or half empty depending on how you view CORVETTE SUMMER. One could justly call it forced in its humor, directionless, repetitive and overlong. Others will see a likable, innocent coming-of-age adventure. It depends on your mood and, more prominently, your aversion to '70s cheese and ability to forgive silver screen shortcomings.

Kenny Dantley is a freshly-minted high school grad who has more time for cars than girls (he's played by a distinctly non-high school aged Mark Hamill, but bear with us). To say he loves the blazing red Stingray he and his shop classmates restored doesn't go far enough in describing the relationship. When the Corvette is swiped by evildoers, our hero swoops into action to track it down on the mean streets of Nevada, intent on ensuring that what was stolen and brought to Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas. He finds an unlikely ally in Vanessa (Annie Potts), an aspiring hooker with a heart of gold and an affinity for car-obsessed teenagers.

I have a special attachment to CORVETTE SUMMER. It was one of the first movies I saw late at night when I was 13 and allowed to stay home alone on the weekends while the folks went camping. TBS's NITE FLIX (oh, how we miss NITE FLIX... so much better than RUSH HOUR 2 played thrice in a row) carried it at 2 a.m., and I had a blast. Recently, I rented it after all these years and found that while it wasn't the masterpiece I remembered, it is amusing and at times quite absorbing, though it starts to lay more than rubber in the second half. Hamill and Potts are no George and Gracie, but they suffice, and the supporting cast, including Eugene Roche (as Mr. McGrath) and Kim Milford (the villainous Wayne Lowry), hold up their end of the bargain.

CORVETTE SUMMER has an awful reputation; it has even been mocked in MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000 (as the characters mocked another film). I'm sure there are those who still blame it for the utter failure of Mark Hamill's post-STAR WARS career. But it is what it is, an imperfect though fun ride back into the late '70s. It's recommended, but only for certain tastes in the mood for something different.

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