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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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Comedy | Music

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Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Near the end of the movie, Cheech says "We're gonna be bigger than Ruben & The Jets." This could be a reference to a doo-wop parody album recorded by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention called "Cruising with Ruben & The Jets." Reportedly, the cover of the album confused many DJ's, and they thought Ruben & The Jets was the name of the band. Most likely, though, it was a reference to the (real) doo-wop band by the same name who formed after Zappa's album was released. They asked for his permission to use his fictitious band name, and not only did he agree, he produced the first album. Ruben and the Jets' singer, Ruben Guevara, appears in the film as Tom, one of the horn players in Cheech & Chong's band. See more »

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After getting pulled over by the stoned motorcycle cop, the scenes repeatedly switch back and forth between Chong in the driver's seat to Cheech in the back of the truck with the girls where there is only a curtain separating them. But from the back, the view beyond the curtain should be that of bright daylight but is instead total darkness indicating the back of the truck is a set. See more »

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Stoner Comedy Classic
4 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest "stoner comedy" classics of all time. I rated this movie a 10 because it's current rating of 6.4 is an injustice to the comic genius duo that created it. It has it's weak moments but the overall strengths have influenced everything from "Dumb and Dumber" to "Half Baked" to "Harold & Kumar" ad infinitum. Cheech and Chong put their strongest stand up material on film and created a masterpiece of counter-culture satire that has yet to be surpassed. If you've never smoked weed, this movie probably isn't for you, though you still might find it humorous. This is a film for anyone who's been there and done that. It encapsulates a moment in modern Americana where drugs offer freedom and punk rock is the only redemption for alienated youths. These points are driven home with Abbot and Costello style absurdity and slapstick shenanigans as well as some very witty and inventive dialogue. I highly recommend this movie to anyone seeking drug related humor or a look into the mindset of young people in the late 70s.


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