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Up in Smoke (1978)

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

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Harold Fong ...
Chauffeur
Richard Novo ...
Richard
Jane Moder ...
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)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Cheech and Chong's Greatest Hits  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,364,244
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Tommy Chong, Stacey Keach's character name of "Sgt. Stedenko" was the name of a real cop from his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. See more »

Goofs

After Cheech picks up Chong at the beginning, Cheech's ring disappears and reappears and Tommy Chong's bandana shifts position on his head between shots. See more »

Quotes

Arnold Stoner: [to wife, off camera] Sweetheart, I'll talk to him.
[to Anthony, "Man", as he makes a fruit smoothie]
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Mrs. Tempest Stoner: Arnold...
Arnold Stoner: [shouting as wife continues] Will you shut up? We're not going to have a family brawl!
Mrs. Tempest Stoner: ...and a retard!
Arnold Stoner: We've put up with a hell of a lot.
[Anthony starts blender]
Arnold Stoner: Can this wait? Build your goddamn muscles, huh...
[...]
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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 »

Connections

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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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Classic of drug comedies
8 February 2009 | by 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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