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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 overview, first billed only:
Harold Fong ...
Richard Novo ...
Jane Moder ...
Pam Bille ...
Marian Beeler ...
Judge Gladys Dykes
Donald Hotton ...
John Ian Jacobs ...
Prosecuting Attorney (as Jon Ian Jacobs)
Christopher Joy ...
Curtis (as Christipher Joy)
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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Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Cheech and Chong's Greatest Hits  »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Cheech and Chong are crossing the street in Mexico, someone in a passing bus flashes a peace sign at the camera. See more »


Pedro: [laughing while stoned] Way anchor! How much does it weigh? I don't know, I forgot! pffhhh! Ha ha I saw that in a movie once...!
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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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Great movie. If you don't mind all the pot!
24 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Of all the Cheech & Chong movies made, I think this one, their first, was their best. There's no real story line you have to follow. The point of this movie was to make you laugh. No messages or extra drama. It's the kind of movie to just sit back and laugh at. I do realize that this movie is definitely not for everyone. Some parents might not want to let their children see it and some people may not want to watch it themselves. The movie features a lot of drugs and some drug use (In case you're not familiar with Cheech & Chong movies). However, if you're not offended by that, and you've never seen this movie before, you should check it out for a good laugh!

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