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The Love Bug (1968)

A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Jim
Michele Lee ... Carole
David Tomlinson ... Thorndyke
Buddy Hackett ... Tennessee Steinmetz
Joe Flynn ... Havershaw
Benson Fong ... Mr. Wu
Joe E. Ross ... Detective
Barry Kelley ... Police Sgt.
Iris Adrian ... Carhop
Andy Granatelli Andy Granatelli ... Association President
Ned Glass ... Toll Booth Attendant
Robert Foulk ... Bice
Gil Lamb ... Policeman at Park
Nicole Jaffe ... Girl In Dune-buggy
Wally Boag Wally Boag ... Flabbergasted Driver
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Storyline

Meet Jim Douglas, a down-on-his-luck race car driver who lives in an old run-down fire house in San Francisco with his friend Tennessee Steinmetz, a occasional drunk mechanic. One day, Jim goes to a luxury car dealer and sees a strange Volkswagen Beetle with a unusual problem: it tends to drive on its own, as if it were sentient. The little Bug follows Jim home but Jim believes that the owner of the car dealership, Peter Thorndyke, is playing a trick on him. Jim decides to try out the car, and experiences its magical nature, fahrvergnügen, if you will, for himself. Jim repairs the little car and Tennessee names the him "Herbie". Behind the wheel of Herbie, Jim becomes more successful in racing. Thorndyke wants Herbie back, but Jim refuses and Thorndyke decides to race against him. Thorndyke sabotages Herbie before a big race known as the "El Dorado" - an obvious parody of the then-new "Baja 1000" race in Mexico. Jim and Tennessee along with Thorndyke's former assistant (and ... Written by Andy Crews

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Taglines:

Can Herbie, a clean-living, hard-working small car find happiness in today's hectic world? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Car-Boy-Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuddy Valley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$51,264,000, 31 December 1969
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During one scene in the movie, Herbie has lost one of his wheels, and Tennessee is hanging out of the passenger side door to balance him. The door opens, and there is no "53" logo on the door. This image was used heavily to promote the film, despite the glaring omission. See more »

Goofs

When Herbie's tire comes off and rolls over the cliff, there is no rim. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jim Douglas: I'd like another shot at that prize money. Okay for next Sunday?
Bice: No, Jim, it ain't okay.
Jim Douglas: Now, look, Bice, I know...
Bice: No, *you* look. All my drivers are eighteen, nineteen... You're too old for these kid sports. You're liable to get hurt in there.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the end credits, the words "The End" turn into an animated bug which drives away from the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was re-rated with a 'U' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Followed by Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Tik-Tak-Polka
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
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60's Disney fluff.
2 July 2003 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

Ah, remember when Disney was that all-powerful company that could do no wrong. I do. Disney had so much power in Hollywood that they could force the censors to give this movie a G rating despite the scenes where the late Buddy Hackett was clearly intoxicated and still boozing it up. Yes kids, we're introducing you to the wonders of alcohol in this family film.

Still, this film about a race car driver and his Volkswagon Beetle is a good film. Herbie the Love Bug is a car with his own personality, even more than the General Lee or KITT. You couldn't hate Herbie. The story is the usual, Dean Jones somehow acquires this magical car and uses it to fame and fortune while stereotypical bad guys hatch a plot to steal it away from him for their own greedy reasons. Still, decent acting, that infamous Buddy Hackett scene, great racing scenes, and seeing Michelle Lee's bad haircut are enough to warrant a viewing. They also made three sequels, but this is the best of the bunch.


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