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Supervan (1977)

PG | | Action, Comedy | March 1977 (USA)
A man named Clint enters a solar-powered van called Vandora into a competition called Freakout.

Director:

Lamar Card

Writers:

John Arnoldy (story), Robert Easter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Schneider ... Clint Morgan
Katie Saylor ... Karen Trenton
Morgan Woodward ... T.B. Trenton
Len Lesser ... Banks
Skip Riley Skip Riley ... Vince
Bruce Kimball Bruce Kimball ... Sarge
Tom Kindle Tom Kindle ... Boseley
George Barris ... King of the Customizers
Jerry Stark ... Janitor
John Chambers John Chambers ... Preacher
Don Ramsey Don Ramsey ... Cop
Ralph Seeley Ralph Seeley ... Clint's Father
Richard Sobek Richard Sobek ... Grinder
Julie Rush Julie Rush ... Waitress
Vic Jolley Vic Jolley ... Jailer
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Storyline

Mark Schneider plays a restless young man who quits his job at his dad's garage because he's "got a chance to do something." Specifically, he's got a chance to drive his van "The Sea Witch"-emblazoned with his CB handle, Morgan The Pirate-to The Invitational Freak-Out, a "van-in" held in Kansas City, where custom van owners gather to smoke weed, screw in the woods, and show off their machines for cash and prizes. Along the way, though, Schneider meets Katie Saylor, a rich runaway who's been detained at a junkyard by "a couple of friendly bikers on their way to a rape." Schneider saves Saylor, but in the process, The Sea Witch gets crushed by a compactor. So Schneider goes to see a friend who's a rebel auto designer, and the friend offers Schneider and Saylor Vandora, a solar-powered van that was rejected by the fat cats at Mid-American Motors. Written by Noel Murray

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It's Vantastic! See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SuperVan See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Missouri, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Empire Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Among the van's most unusual features: solar panels, the ability to emit laser beams, and an entire custom body. See more »

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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Hot To Handle
Sung by Mike McEwan
Written by Bob Stone
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They don't make 'em like this anymore. Thank God.
27 July 2000 | by weevil-2See all my reviews

Have you ever read a trade journal? One of those magazines meant expressly for plumbers or welders and never intended for the general public? Full of weird lingo and with content so intensely fixed that it becomes almost comedic? This movie is a little like that. Made in the 1970's with a modest budget, this stinker is entirely about CUSTOM VAN CULTURE. Airbrushed unicorns, feathered hair, racing stripes, CB radios. And don't think for a moment that this is some kind of quirky, ironic documentary. It's a really bad narrative piece of fiction. There's sort of a plot. I think somebody has to win a van contest or something similarly morbid. There's a wacky professor that designs a van that shoots lasers for some reason. The soundtrack is all 70's soft rock about Vans. The ridiculousness of the whole thing shoots through the roof when Charles Bukowski wanders drunkenly through a party scene wearing a shirt that says "Water boy for the wet T-shirt contest" (maybe they lured extras by advertising free beer). Whoah man, this movie is so bad it feels like getting clubbed repeatedly with a dead howler monkey just trying to watch it. Of course, if you can stand it, and if you are a connoisseur of bad films, this one is pretty funny in its patheticness.


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