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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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Pete (as Stephan W. Burns)
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Quinn
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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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Release Date:

25 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cupido motorizado rumbo a Río  »

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Box Office

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$18,000,000 (USA)
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the costume party when Pete and Melissa are slow dancing, a black patch appears and disappears from Pete's racing outfit between shots. He never had it on before or after the dance with Melissa. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Louise: But, Captain, how can a car release a boy with a key? Explain that.
Captain Blythe: I can't explain that anymore than I can explain the Bermuda Triangle, madam. Nor do I intend to try.
Aunt Louise: Captain, I am the sponsor of that little car. It's going to win the Brazil Grand Primeo.
Captain Blythe: If you can bring that off, madam, I will not only part the Red Sea, I will tint it magenta.
Aunt Louise: Oh, but, Captain. I appeal to you as a woman, a desperate, helpless, single woman.
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Aunt Louise: Spare that car.
Captain Blythe: Lorelei and all her ...
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Connections

Follows Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Trumpets Olé
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Music by Jack Pleis
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One Good Joke
14 June 2004 | by (Marietta, GA) – See all my reviews

The only good joke in this movie is the inside one: when Cloris Leachman's character sends Herbie for help, Harvey Korman turns to her and says, "It's a car, lady, not Lassie!" Leachman was part of the cast of LASSIE in 1957-1958, playing the original Ruth Martin. One wonders if the joke was specifically inserted with her in mind.

Poor Herbie went through as many owners as Lassie, too. This one is particularly lackluster, although the child lead is cute. The two young men who now apparently own Herbie don't even have enough screen presence to overshadow a small boy. On the other hand, Leachman and Korman must have needed the bucks.


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