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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Arnold Stoner
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Mrs. Tempest Stoner
Harold Fong ...
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Richard Novo ...
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Jane Moder ...
Jail Bait
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Marian Beeler ...
Judge Gladys Dykes
Donald Hotton ...
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John Ian Jacobs ...
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Christopher Joy ...
Curtis (as Christipher Joy)
Ray Vitte ...
The Band: Bass - James
Michael Caldwell ...
The Band: Guitar - Duane
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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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Trivia

Chong's character's name is mentioned once at the beginning of the movie. He is referred to as "Anthony" by his parents. It is revealed in one of the deleted scenes on the DVD release of the film that his full name is Anthony Stoner. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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I Didn't Know Your Name Was Alex
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Cheech and Chong's Screen debut!
17 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Up in Smoke (1978) was the comic team of Cheech and Chong's big screen debut. After selling a ton of albums during the early and mid-seventies, the duo finally got a chance to star in their own picture. Anthony "Man" Stoner (Tommy Chong) is a rich kid who's still living the hippie life and enjoys pot. Pedro De Pacas (Cheech Marin) is a kid from East L.A. who's into three things: gaudy car upholstery, rock music and finding smoke. This would be the first of several movies starring these two characters (or different variations of them).

Anthony Stoner leaves his rich parents house after a falling out over getting a job. His car breaks down near the ocean. But his savior arrives in the form of Pedro De Pacas. Pedro is cruising for girls when he meets Anthony. Th two strike up a friendship and the movie goes off in several different and bizarre directions. What kind of adventures do Anthony and Pedro get into? You'll just have to find out for yourself when you watch UP IN SMOKE.

A funny film that'll keep you laughing from beginning to end. Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin play the ultimate slackers. All they want to do is partying and smoke a lot of dope. This movie was followed by several sequels.

Highly recommended.


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