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Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen W. Burns ...
Pete (as Stephan W. Burns)
Armando Moccia
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ...
Garage Owner (as Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Ruben Moreno ...
Store Owner
Store Owner's Wife
Jorge Moreno ...
Bus Driver


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Release Date:

25 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cupido motorizado rumbo a Río  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


Herbie's name is mentioned only once in the film. This occurs when Pete first picks up Herbie at the beginning. The owner of the car lot tells Pete a story about Jim Douglas and says, "Herbie, he see it, he stop." For the rest of the movie, the car is called Ocho. See more »


When the bus finally breaks down, first it is shown with the radiator cap off blowing steam under pressure out the top of the radiator. Then you see a close-up of the radiator top with the cap still on, but loosely, and the cap comes off and steam begins pouring out. See more »


Captain Blythe: Now How did you want to handle that?
D.J.: You mean pay for it?
Captain Blythe: Or did you plan to, uh, reassemble the stemware yourself?
Pete: It's not our responsiblity.
Captain Blythe: I'm your captain, judge and jury. I'll decide what's your responsiblity!
Chief Steward: Captain.
Captain Blythe: Hmm. The, uh, the cargo manifest states unequivocally that you, Peter Stancheck, are the sole owner of the car. You are the consignor and the consignee. Your car did the damage, ergo...
D.J.: Yeah, but Peter wasn't driving...
Captain Blythe: Start! I, uh, I have been advised by our public ...
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3/10 **/5 ~ Beloved Bug Bites Bottom.
5 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This third and last theatrical sequel to the classic Walt Disney Production The Love Bug (1969) brought the enormously successful franchise about a magical Volkswagen to a screeching halt. Herbie deserved a better send-off.

There's just no love left in the poor little disrespected cash-car. Filmed on the cheap in Mexico, this entry has none of the quality and charm of its original and trashes all that was good about the preceding sequels. Vincent McEveety, the weakest of Disney's three main directors during this period, was assigned the project after having done a fair job with Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, but makes no effort to elevate the project above the level of its poor script.

The frenetic, maudlin result is one of the worst Disney films. Talented comic performers Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and Charles Martin Smith are wasted on unfunny material. Only the clever stunt and effects work save this mechanical destruction derby from oblivion.

The Love Bug was eventually revived for a brief TV series and made-for-TV movie, but Disney was flogging a dead V-Dub.

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