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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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Trivia

The nick-names of Sgt. Stedanko / Sergeant Stedanko (Stacy Keach) were "The Sarge" and 'The Sarge Stedanko". See more »

Goofs

In the first scene when Pedro is driving, the aerial view shows him driving in the left lane but when the scene switches to inside the car, he's in the right lane. See more »

Quotes

[Man has disguised himself as a woman while hitchhiking]
Man Stoner: Hey, man; I'm glad you picked me up, man. I slept in a ditch last night, man, I was about to freeze my balls off, man.
Pedro de Pacas: Man, I didn't even know you had any, I wouldn't of stopped.
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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

Referenced in Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Fight
New Music by Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel
Lyrics by Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong
[song title uncredited]
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Another one of the funniest films of the 1970's
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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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