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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:
Arnold Stoner
Mrs. Tempest Stoner
Harold Fong ...
Richard Novo ...
Jane Moder ...
Jail Bait
Pam Bille ...
Jail Bait
Marian Beeler ...
Judge Gladys Dykes
Donald Hotton ...
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


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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The girls that Cheech tries to pick up before he first picks up Chong are actually the daughters of one of the associate producers. See more »


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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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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Up In Smoke
New lyrics and Music and Lyrics by Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong
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Another one of the funniest films of the 1970's
10 November 2002 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

This 1979 Paramount release introduced the controversial radio comedians Richard "Cheech" Marin and Thomas Chong to the screen for the first of six major film teamings and cameos together in several other films. This first teaming is the best teaming. The duo portray stoners who travel together on a road trip down to Tijuana on a mission to pick up a fresh new drug supply. However, they're being pursued by frantic cops all the way. A cult spoof classic and a film that began a new kind of wacky film comedy.

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