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Things Are Tough All Over (1982)

Cheech and Chong are hired to drive a limo from Chicago to Las Vegas by two shady Arabs - Mr. Slyman (Cheech) and Prince Habib (Chong). Unbeknownst to them, five million dollars of dirty money has been stuffed throughout the car.

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Cocktail Waitress
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Cop in Laundromat
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Pop, Manager Red Wagon Adult Motel
Don Bovingloh ...
Maitre D'
Richard 'Moon' Calhoun ...
Drummer
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Jennifer Condos ...
Bass Player
John Corrona ...
St. Louis Biker
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Man with Tongue in Restaurant (as David Couwlier)
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French Girl #1 (as Shelby Fiddis)
Aaron Freeman ...
Cop in Ghetto
Mike Friedman ...
Car Rental Agent
Evelyn Guerrero ...
Donna, Cheech's Friend smuggling illegals
Maya Harman ...
Belly Dancer
Vanaghan S. Housepian ...
Henchman
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Cheech and Chong work briefly as car wash attendants and musicians before being hired to drive a car from Chicago to Las Vegas. Unbeknownst to them, their employers (themselves in double roles) have concealed five million dollars of dirty money in the upholstery. A series of adventures ensues, including the making of a porn film featuring 'The Guys' and their real-life squeezes. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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CHEECH and CHONG take a cross-country trip... and wind up in some very funny joints. See more »

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Comedy | Action

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4 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Todo está muy duro  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,134,374
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Donna (Evelyn Guerrero) also appeared in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980) and Nice Dreams (1981). See more »

Quotes

Chong: Sometimes it's not even the drugs that'll kill you man. What really kills you is looking for drugs.
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Connections

Follows Up in Smoke (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Chilly Winds of Chicago
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Lyrics by Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong
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Cheech & Chong are up to no good.
7 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

The 4th Cheech & Chong movie starts out strong with hilarity but fizzles as it progresses.

The title obviously refers to the 1981-82 recession that was going on at the time. Cheech & Chong have dual roles as themselves and two wealthy Arab brothers who own a chain of car washes.

The stoner duo somehow have found themselves in Chicago working for the brothers in a car wash. After they are fired for incompetence, they are re-hired as singers in a band (where they perform One-Eyed Snake) and find out the Arab's French girlfriends (played by Cheech & Chong's wives) are attracted to them.

Later, they are told to drive a limousine to Las Vegas. However they have no money and in lieu of cash, they give away parts to pay for gas. Unbeknownst to Cheech & Chong, there was a ton of cash hidden in the car and when they mistakenly give it away without a second thought, the Arabs find out about it and they go on a search in the desert outside Las Vegas to off the stoners.

Things Are Tough All Over has its moments but there are too many scenes of repetition and boredom in the middle. The characters of Slyman and Habib are actually funny at times but at this point, we already know all too well what will come out of Cheech & Chong's mouths. The same stuff we heard in the prior 3 films.

It's still an O.K. film but it just lacks the full-court press zaniness that the prior three entries had.


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