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Up in Smoke -- Cheech and Chong make their film debut in this riotous rock n roll comedy, bringing with them the same madness, lifestyles and sketches that sold over 10 million records in the early '70s. Cheech and Chong's marijuana-laced humour keeps their spirits high and leads them to an outrageous finale at L.A.'s Roxy Theatre.

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Director:
Writers:
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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User Reviews:
You don't have to be a stoner to give this movie high praise See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 ... The Band: Bass - James
Michael Caldwell ... The Band: Guitar - Duane
José Pulido ... The Band: Horns: 1st Trumpet - Juan
Ruben Guevara ... The Band: Horns: 2nd Trumpet - Tom
Miguel Murillo ... The Band: Horns: 3rd Trumpet - Ollie
Gary Mule Deer ... Freak with Basketball

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

Stacy Keach ... The Narcs: Sergeant Stedenko

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

Val Avery ... The Hoods: Factory Boss
Ben Marino ... The Hoods: Benny
Akemi Kikumura ... The Hoods: Toyota Kawasaki
Joe Creaghe ... The Hoods: Border Guard
Roy Stocking ... The Hoods: Border Guard

Marcia Wolf ... The Nuns: Sister Mary Vogue
Andrea Nachman ... The Nuns: Sister Mary Secretary (as Andi Nachman)

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

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

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

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Rodney Bringheimer
Berlin Brats ... The Groups
The Dils ... The Groups
The Whores ... The Groups
Kurt Kaufman ... Roxy Doorman

David Nelson ... Roxy Doorman
Wayne Hazelhurst ... Tow Truck Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Harry Dean Stanton ... Police officer (scenes deleted)

Ellen Barkin ... Woman playing guitar (uncredited)

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
 
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
 
Music Department
Tommy Chong .... songs: New lyrics and Music and Lyrics for
Danny Kortchmar .... songs: New Music by (as Danny 'Kootch' Korchmar)
Cheech Marin .... songs: New lyrics and Music and Lyrics for
Waddy Wachtel .... songs: New Music by
 
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
Herb Alpert .... thanks: A musical thanks to
Roger Brunelle .... thanks: Ode sounds & Visuals Thanks to
Bobby Day .... thanks: A musical thanks to
David Foster .... thanks: A musical thanks to
William Hoy .... thanks: Ode sounds & Visuals Thanks to (as Billy Hoy)
Steve Katz .... thanks: A musical thanks to
Art Laboe .... thanks: A musical thanks to
Jerry Leiber .... thanks: A musical thanks to (as Leiber & Stoller)
Richard Novo .... thanks: Ode sounds & Visuals Thanks to
Gene Page .... thanks: A musical thanks to
Louie Robles .... thanks: Ode sounds & Visuals Thanks to
Neil Silver .... thanks: Ode sounds & Visuals Thanks to
Mike Stoller .... thanks: A musical thanks to (as Leiber & Stoller)
Dennis Tufano .... thanks: Ode sounds & Visuals Thanks to
War .... thanks: A musical thanks to
Alan Weisskopf .... thanks: Ode sounds & Visuals Thanks to
 

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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Chong's character's name is mentioned once at the beginning of the movie. He is referred to as "Anthony" by his parents. It is revealed in one of the deleted scenes on the DVD release of the film that his full name is Anthony Stoner.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the "rocking van" scene outside the Roxy, the close-up shots show the van rocking from side to side, while a shot in between them from further away shows it rocking from front to back.See more »
Quotes:
Sgt. Stedenko:Now just how well do you know that freak with the basketball?
Unknown:Which basketball?
Sgt. Stedenko:Which basketball?
See more »
Soundtrack:
Low RiderSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
You don't have to be a stoner to give this movie high praise, 3 May 2006
Author: johno-21 from United States

When this first came out in the theaters I passed on seeing it as it seemed like Cheech and Chong's time had come and went. I was a big fan of their comedy albums of the early and mid 70's but the movie version of their act would have been logical then but by 1978 it's time had past. Of those who did see this in the theater I couldn't get a proper read on a critical review since I could find no one who saw it in a theater that wasn't high when they went. A year or two after it came out it showed up on one of the cable movie channels and I was expecting a typical movie that takes a funny five minute skit and stretches it out to a painful non-funny 90 minutes. Director Lou Adler had never directed a movie before. He had produced the documentary rock film Monetery Pop and the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show and Robert Altman's quirky Brewster McCloud but he was Pop music entrepreneur as a music producer, publisher, manager and record company founder. He would only direct one other film which is too bad because with his industry connections and reputation and his natural feel for talent and getting the best out of talent being a director worked very well for him as with the help of Cheech and Chong he turned out a very very funny movie with Up in Smoke. The counter-culture stoner comedy duo take a simple theme for a story outline but the great comedic timing and sight gags and fast pacing and an their inventive approach at film making takes what should have been a low budget stoner comedy to the next level of lasting cinematic comedy. Like a Marx Brothers or WC Fields or Charlie Chaplin comedy this movie has lasting power to entertain generations. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong star in the first of series of funny movies from the duo. A strong character cast includes Strother Martin, Stacy Keetch, Tom Skerritt and Edie Adams. Look for Gary Muledeer and Ellen Barkin too. This movie had such broad appeal that some of the most red neck, anti-counter-culture, anti-hippy/freak/doper people I have ever ever known loved it. I would give this a 9.0 out of 10.

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