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Up in Smoke (1978)

R  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  15 September 1978 (USA)
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Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Arnold Stoner
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Mrs. Tempest Stoner
Harold Fong ...
Chauffeur
Richard Novo ...
Richard
Jane Moder ...
Jail Bait
Pam Bille ...
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Marian Beeler ...
Judge Gladys Dykes
Donald Hotton ...
Bailiff
John Ian Jacobs ...
Prosecuting Attorney (as Jon Ian Jacobs)
Christopher Joy ...
Curtis (as Christipher Joy)
Ray Vitte ...
The Band: Bass - James
Michael Caldwell ...
The Band: Guitar - Duane
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Storyline

Cheech and Chong meet up by chance on the highway somewhere in California. They go in search of some dope and are accidentally deported to Mexico where in their desperation to get home they agree to drive a van back to the States so they can get back in time for a gig they are due to play. Unaware of the properties from which the van is constructed they make their way back having aquired a couple of female hitch-hikers whilst all the time avoiding the cops whom they are not even aware are following them. Written by Garry 'Gadget' Myles <garry.myles@mercury.co.uk>

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Don't miss the only film where the heroes get wiped out in the first five minutes! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Cheech and Chong's Greatest Hits  »

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Trivia

On the commentary track, Marin says that while hanging out with Mike Judge, Judge revealed that Beavis and Butt-Head was partially inspired by Up in Smoke. See more »

Goofs

After Cheech and Chong's band plays, Cheech's guitar sparks and catches fire, then the fire disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

[after picking up Man, Pedro guns his car and takes off down the street]
Man Stoner: Ohhh! Ohhh!
Pedro: Hey, how far you goin' man?
Man Stoner: [points to the curb] Hey, right here would be fine, man!
Pedro: What, you're not afraid of a little speed, are ya man?
Man Stoner: Wha, you got some speed, man?
Pedro: Huh? Speed? Oh, no, I don't got no speed man. But you know what I do got? I got a joint man!
Man Stoner: Oh, wow.
Pedro: [gets it out and hands it to Man] Here, light that thing up man, let's get chinese-eyed.
Man Stoner: [eying the joint] Kinda skinny, isn't it?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are in the style of spray-painted graffiti, super-imposed over Pedro's low-rider. See more »

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References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »

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Searchin'
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
New Lyrics by Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong
[song title uncredited]
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Cheech and Chong will never get old
7 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Basically an excuse for Cheech and Chong to get into a series of marijuana adventures, "Up in Smoke" is a hoot from beginning to end. Pedro De Pacas (Cheech Marin) and Anthony "Man" Stoner (Tommy Chong) are a pair of slackers who wonder So Cal and Mexico looking for some weed, while the narcs look for any excuse to arrest them. There are some scenes that will probably make your eyes pop out, just due to the surprise factor. You just watch this sort of movie and think "The '70s...those were the good old days." Also, it was interesting seeing Strother Martin and Edie Adams as Chong's character's parents. Seeing as to how they were part of my grandparents' generation, I wouldn't expect to see them in a marijuana movie.


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