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Circle the Wagen (2013)

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Circle The Wagen is a feature-length buddy/road-trip/docu-dramedy that follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive ne'er-do-well, and his convivial co-pilot Charlie on their ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Dave Torstenson ...
Himself / Animated Self
Himself / Animated Self
Pete Sottnik ...
Greg Triebel ...
Rich Kimball ...
Charlie Hamil ...
Everett Barnes ...
Jeremy Graham ...
Animated Bicyclist
Bill Kinder ...
Andrew Ross Wynn ...
Robb Wolford ...
Animated Mechanic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David A. Bramlett ...
Luke Hadsall ...
Michael Harland ...
Animated Croc Seller
Michael Hathaway ...


Circle The Wagen is a feature-length buddy/road-trip/docu-dramedy that follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive ne'er-do-well, and his convivial co-pilot Charlie on their journey down Route 66 in a baby blue 1972 VW bus. Through mishaps and murals, gasoline baths and breakdowns the two discover a teeming underground of vintage VW diehards willing to help save "The Croc" from the scrap heap and rally her beleaguered owner on to California. Written by Ryan Steven Green and Charlie Pecoraro

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A buddy/road-trip/docu-dramedy





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29 July 2014 (USA)  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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"The Croc" - or rather "Crocodile Rockford Jobs," which is the full name of Dave's baby blue 1972 Volkswagen Transporter Deluxe - was so named as a result of two disparate factors. First, at the time of winning the fateful eBay bid, Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" was playing on Dave's stereo. The final word, 'Jobs,' is a reference to the legend that Steve Jobs purportedly sold his Volkswagen bus to finance the first Apple computer. Conversely Dave, at the time of winning the Croc on eBay, was selling Apple computers at New York's 5th Ave. store to finance his first Volkswagen bus. See more »


Mary Torstenson: I was kinda surprised when he said he was gonna buy a Volkswagen bus - especially with the age of it and the fact that David doesn't have mechanical abilities.
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The hilarity and humanity in pursuing a crazy dream
27 June 2013 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

Circle the Wagon was engaging and entertaining the whole ride. The editing was tight, with arcs evenly paced throughout. I'm really hoping that this film makes it through and becomes available online or at other film festivals so I can share it with friends and family (and stop trying to describe it!). It IS a buddy film (for one) and the friendship between the protagonists and the friendships they develop is a special aspect of the film.

You don't have to know about VW Bus culture to become engaged in this film, and I don't think the filmmakers knew that much about VWs in the beginning either. Rather, this is a really funny documentary about the humanity, humility and hilarity when you follow your crazy dream.Having filmmaker friends I've learned that "the unexpected" is really what makes a documentary and it's what you hope for. Circle the Wagon got that element of surprise--it's the best movie I've seen all year.

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