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Supervan (1977)

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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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:

New World International See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Supervan includes a brief scene where legendary poet Charles Bukowski is among ladies performing a wet t-shirt contest, grinning cheerfully and hugging one of them. See more »

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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Customized Maxi Van
Sung by Al Forman
Written by Bob Stone and Andy DiMartino
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The Inspiration for "Smokey and the Bandit"?
23 December 2001 | by GangsteroctopusSee all my reviews

Well, maybe not. I don't know because I haven't seen "Smokey..." since I was, I think, ten..? Anyway, this film is a curious document of the '70s, a real time capsule. The best parts (to me) are the semi-verite portions when the camera wanders around the fairgrounds where they're holding the big van 'freak-out' and just records the goings-on of this peculiar gathering. These segments, for me, capture something very essential about the '70s, moreso than just about any other film I've seen in a long time.


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