Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.
Jim Douglas and his partner Bo ran a small driving school with a very "human" Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie, who could think for "himself" and frequently got Jim into some sticky comic ... See full summary »
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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
Dean Jones, who played Jim Douglas in the movie and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), also plays the role of the hippy in the drive-in restaurant. The actress, that acted as the waitress, is Iris Adrian. Iris Adrian and Dean Jones were together in another Disney movie, two & a quarter years earlier, in the feline comedy, That Darn Cat! (1965). Dean Jones' role was an leading FBI agent, Zeke Kelso and Iris Adrian's role was a firm, unnamed managing landlady of an apartment building, with door-to-door rooms (like a miniature hotel suite) in or near San Francisco, California, with kidnapped bankteller Margaret Miller, Grayson Hall & her kidnappers Dan, was acted by Neville Brand & Iggy was acted by Frank Gorshin. See more »
When the second wheel comes off Herbie on the first day of the El Dorado, it goes over the cliff. As it falls it is just a tire, but then after it lands halfway down the mountain and starts rolling again, it is a full wheel and tire. See more »
I'd like another shot at that prize money. Okay for next Sunday?
No, Jim, it ain't okay.
Now, look, Bice, I know...
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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At the end of the end credits, the words "The End" turn into an animated bug which drives away from the screen. See more »
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 »
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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