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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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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 ...
James (Bass Player)
Michael Caldwell ...
Duane (Guitar)
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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 more »

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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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R | See all certifications »

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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

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Goofs

At the beginning, when Cheech picks up Chong, the driver's side window appears and disappears between cuts. See more »

Quotes

Arresting Officer: Sir, could I please see your license?
Pedro: Whuut?
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[laughs]
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Earache My Eye
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Classic of drug comedies
8 February 2009 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Basically all Up in Smoke movies are about watching other people getting high, actually all the drug comedies are about that. It sounds kinda boring, but not when those people are Cheech & Chong. The scene where they were smoking in a car in the beginning is still funny to me, though I watched it many times. This movie is making fun more from the cops and other people who fight drugs, than from the drug addicts who just want to get high. This film shows how ridiculous those fighters against drugs look like, though this is a comedy, in my opinion, there is a lot of truth in this film. Maybe other Up in Smoke movies aren't that good as this one, but as I remember there is always at least few hilarious moments.


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