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Up in Smoke (1978)

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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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van | mexico | marijuana | dope | stoner | See All (84) »

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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

Certificate:

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Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheech and Chong's Greatest Hits  »

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Trivia

The Mexican border scene was actually filmed at an agriculture checkpoint/weigh station located on westbound I-8, approximately five miles west of Winterhaven, CA. See more »

Goofs

When Tommy makes the lines of Ajax and the lady snorts them at first when the straw is in her ear it has red stripes but when she snorts them the straws stripes are yellow. See more »

Quotes

Border Guard: So, how long you've been in Mexico?
Pedro: A week. I mean a day.
Border Guard: Well, which is it? A week or a day?
Pedro: A weekday.
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The opening credits are in the style of spray-painted graffiti, super-imposed over Pedro's low-rider. See more »

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Soundtracks

Earache My Eye
Written by Tommy Chong, Gaye Delorme (uncredited), Richard Moore (uncredited) and Cheech Marin
Performed by Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong at the Rock Fight
[song title uncredited]
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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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