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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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Aunt Louise
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D.J.
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Prindle
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Pete (as Stephan W. Burns)
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Melissa
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Paco
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Captain Blythe
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Shepard
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Quinn
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Chief Steward
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Armando Moccia
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ...
Garage Owner (as Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Ruben Moreno ...
Store Owner
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Store Owner's Wife
Jorge Moreno ...
Bus Driver
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Storyline

Pete Stancheck inherits from his Uncle Jim Douglas a race car being stored in Puerto Vallarta. With his friend Davy Johns (D.J. to his friends) accompanying him to P.V., Pete is dismayed to learn that the car is an older model Volkswagen Beetle. But when Pete and D.J. see what the car can do and learn that it somewhat has a mind of its own, they decide to enter it into the Brazil Grand Primeo formula one race. En route to Rio de Janeiro, Herbie, the car, gets Pete and D.J. into one predicament after another as it tries to help its new friend, a streetwise orphan named Paco, who Pete and D.J. encountered in P.V. and who stowed away in Herbie's trunk. Because of these predicaments, Pete and D.J. end up requiring a quick influx of cash and slyly enlist the help of wealthy Louise Trent and her bookish niece, anthropology doctoral candidate Melissa, to be their financiers. Pete's role in the scheme is to woo the shy Melissa, about which he feels guilty. But initially unknown to all of them... Written by Huggo

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25 June 1980 (USA)  »

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Cupido motorizado rumbo a Río  »

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$18,000,000 (USA)
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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In the sequence where Herbie "walks the plank", a real Volkswagen Beetle was cast out into the sea. It was never recovered. See more »

Goofs

After Shepard pushes Pacho onto the ground in the jungle, Quinn says "I don't like leaving that kid back there" and Shepard says "Don't worry about him! He's not going anywhere". If you're watching with closed captioning turned on, Shepard's name is displayed on the caption as Quinn speaks and then Quinn's name is displayed on the caption as Shepard speaks. See more »

Quotes

Captain Blythe: I can't believe this. Thirty years at sea, and I'm going to die in a bullring.
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A journey too far
1 April 2002 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

Easily the weakest of the series, this is a film the Herbie franchise could have done without. Having a child as the nominal lead in an essentially adult role is a surprisingly common motif in children's movies; surprisingly, because more often than not it fails to work and it certainly fails here. Eight-year old taxi drivers? I think not, not even in Mexico. Our Paco is more annoying than lovable and I found myself rooting for the villains instead.

Clearly the writers are to blame for the mess - the cast is actually quite good, e.g. you cannot ask for much better villains than John Vernon, Alex Rocco and Richard Jaeckel, but they were fighting a loosing battle against a rotten script.

The best asset of the film is Harvey Korman who shows the right spirit, and is given the freedom to act out his madcap humour. Neither his routines nor his character fit very well into the story, but the story is so weak one does not care.


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