Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  25 June 1980 (USA)
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The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunt Louise
Stephen W. Burns ...
Pete (as Stephan W. Burns)
Captain Blythe
Fritz Feld ...
Chief Steward
Armando Moccia
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ...
Garage Owner (as Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Ruben Moreno ...
Store Owner
Tina Menard ...
Store Owner's Wife
Jorge Moreno ...
Bus Driver


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25 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kicsi kocsi legújabb kalandjai  »

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1.75 : 1
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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 »


Just after the bullfight, Aunt Louise knocks the shoulder ornament off Captain Blythe's uniform as they get out of the car. By the time we see Captain Blythe outside the car, the ornament is back in place. See more »


Paco: What's your name?
[Herbie beeps twice]
Paco: Que?
[he beeps twice again]
Paco: I just call you Ocho, okay?
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adios Herbie
3 June 2002 | by (Mesa,AZ) – See all my reviews

This was the last Herbie movie to my knowledge. If it wasn't the last, it was defintely the worst. What else do you call a movie when a Mexican child calls Herbie "ocho" ( he adds up Herbie famous number "53" and gets eight). Then this Mexican child does a horrible paint job and starts using Herbie to run a taxi service. In my humble opinion the only reason to watch this film is to see what sort cellouiod trash Disney was putting out before Michael Eisner took over.

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