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Tommy Chong (writer)
Cheech Marin (writer)
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Release Date:
15 September 1978 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It will make you feel VERY funny! See more »
Plot:
Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Cheech Marin ... Pedro De Pacas

Tommy Chong ... Anthony 'Man' Stoner

Strother Martin ... Arnold Stoner

Edie Adams ... Mrs. Tempest Stoner
Harold Fong ... Chauffeur
Richard Novo ... Richard
Jane Moder ... Jail Bait
Pam Bille ... Jail Bait

Arthur Roberts ... Arresting Officer
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)
José Pulido ... Juan (1st Trumpet)
Ruben Guevara ... Tom (2nd Trumpet)
Miguel Murillo ... Ollie (3rd Trumpet)
Gary Mule Deer ... Freak with Basketball

Tom Skerritt ... Strawberry
June Fairchild ... The Ajax Lady

Stacy Keach ... Sgt. Stedenko (Narc)

Mills Watson ... Harry (Narc)
Karl Johnson ... Clyde - Narc
Rick Beckner ... Murphy (Narc)
Cheryl Smith ... Laughing Lady (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Angelina Estrada ... Aunt Bolita
Ernie Fuentes ... Upholstery Shop Foreman

Val Avery ... Upholstery Factory Boss (Hood)
Ben Marino ... Benny (Hood)
Akemi Kikumura ... Toyota Kawasaki
Joe Creaghe ... Border Guard
Roy Stocking ... Border Guard

Marcia Wolf ... Sister Vogue
Andrea Nachman ... Sister Mary Secretary (Nun) (as Andi Nachman)

Betty McGuire ... Sister Mary Quacker (Nun)
Cheryl Jeffrey ... Sister Mary Arabian (Nun)
Gayna Shernen ... Sister Mary Mary (Nun)
June Creeghe ... Sister Mary Yuma (Nun) (as June Creaghe)
Patty Proudfoot ... Sister Mary Indian (Nun)

Zane Buzby ... Jade East
Wally Ann Wharton ... Debbie (as Anne Wharton)

Louisa Moritz ... Officer Gloria Whitey
Otto Felix ... Stoned Motorcycle Cop

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
Berlin Brats ... Themselves
The Dils ... Themselves
The Whores ... Themselves
Kurt Kaufman ... Roxy Doorman

David Nelson ... Roxy Doorman
Wayne Hazelhurst ... Tow Truck Driver
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Harry Dean Stanton ... Police officer (scenes deleted)

Ellen Barkin ... Woman playing guitar (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lou Adler 
Tommy Chong (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tommy Chong  writer
Cheech Marin  writer

Produced by
Lou Adler .... producer
John Beug .... associate producer
Lou Lombardo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Kortchmar  (as Danny 'Kootch' Korchmar)
Lee Oskar 
Waddy Wachtel 
 
Cinematography by
Gene Polito 
 
Film Editing by
Scott Conrad 
 
Casting by
Monica Lauer 
 
Art Direction by
Leon Ericksen 
 
Makeup Department
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mike Moder .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... second assistant director
Mike Moder .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Tony De Cristo .... set construction
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master
Wayne Hazelhurst .... set construction
Jerry Kobold .... assistant property master
Sherman Labby .... production illustrator
 
Sound Department
Pat Mitchell .... sound mixer
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer
Duncan McEwan .... sound loader (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer
Jules Brenner .... camera operator: additional photography
Jules Brenner .... director of photography: additional photography
Michael Kenner .... grip
Bill Lindner .... best boy
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Lon Massey III .... gaffer
Leo J. Napolitano .... assistant camera
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip
Bernie Schwartz .... dolly grip
Michael Simpson .... assistant camera
Jack Willoughby .... director of photography: additional photography
Frank Detone Jr. .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ernest Misko .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Lori J. Kranze .... assistant editor
Barry B. Leirer .... assistant editor
Lou Lombardo .... supervising editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Alch .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Cheryl Jeffrey .... secretary to the director
Andrea Nachman .... production coordinator
Charlotte Richardson .... researcher
Meryle Selinger .... auditor
 
Thanks
Dennis Tufano .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
86 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) | Finland:K-18 (2001) | Finland:(Banned) (1978) | France:16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2013) | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (original rating)

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Trivia:
The payphone that Pedro (Marin) is talking into in Mexico was a prop. The fake phone was supposed to be stuck onto the wall with double sided tape, but it kept falling down. Because of this, he had to speak with his hand on the prop to keep it from falling.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Pedro:Hey how am I driving, man?
Man Stoner:[looks around] : I think we're parked.
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Soundtrack:
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The Show, 6 February 2006
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

The counterculture was long dead and ripe for retrospective satire. Into the opportunity stepped two pro comics who after trying other things, built these characters. When comics work up a world for years and then brings it to a movie, it bodes well. Mike Myers would follow almost precisely this formula later with "Wayne's World."

The jokes are still pretty funny, many of them. Not the stuff with the flumoxxed cops or the folks who inadvertently get stoned (and get the munchies). But the bits of comic timing associated with the guys as if they were on stage.

Two bits to watch out for. One is two incidental women. The first has a scene only a minute long. A girl comes in, mistakes scouring powder for coke, snuffs it up and has the most comic facial expressions I have even seen on film. This is one of those priceless moments in film. I hope IMDb at some point figures out some means to vote on particular scenes. This girl would in life become an addict and a bag lady.

The second girl has a bigger role: Zane Buzby is one of the hippie stoner cheesecake babes that join the trip. She's got a less flashy role, but in ad libs created most of the situations in which she appears. She would go on to become one of TeeVee's most attuned comedy directors.

So you can see this as two stage personalities that are good, with these two women, who are also as good, surrounded by some disposable situations and jokes.

But there is another something interesting. The end of this comic show is a comic show within, the guys as a rock band in possibly the best Cheech and Chong sequence of all their movies. Everything from about 20 minutes into the film to this is a journey to this show, I suspect that "The Muppet Movie" of the following year was influenced by this.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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