Alonzo Hawk is a mean-spirited property developer who has bought several blocks of land in the downtown district in order to build a gigantic shopping mall. There is one problem however; an elderly widow named Steinmetz won't sell the one remaining lot that Hawk needs to proceed with his scheme. So he resorts to all manner of chicanery, legal or otherwise, to get it. Fortunately, the widow Steinmetz has an ace up her sleeve in the form of Herbie, the miraculous Volkswagen.Written by
Herbie's Californian license plate number is "OFP 857". See more »
When Willoughby first gets punched by Nicole and holds his jaw in pain, it's very clear that he has a lot of hair on the back of his hands. The hair suddenly disappears when you see him in the airport wearing a disguise and is gone for the remainder of the film. See more »
Chicken Run Queen:
[attempting a Medieval dialect but speaking in a clear country accent]
My prince, you have won me!
[kisses a shaken Whilloughby]
Chicken Run Queen:
Take me to yer kingdom!
[speaks to Whilloughby in an Italian accent]
You win da bread, mac. T'ree dollahs.
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I grew up on Herbie movies. I even "met" Herbie in the Panama Canal Zone during the filming of Herbie Goes Bananas. (Thank you Mrs. Kelstom!) I hadn't seen a Herbie movie in 25 years. They're exactly as I remember. These films were made back when Disney still had a keen eye on children's imaginations. Is the film cheesy? Absolutely. Intentionally so. How else could a movie about a "living" car turn out? Helen Hayes is charming. Stephanie Powers is spunky. Keenan Wynn is almost perfect in his role as the over-the-top Disney villain. OK - the flashbacks to Herbie's racing career are too long. But the film is strong enough to succeed despite that setback. This film is classic early Disney - full of impossible fantasy and magical inventions. If you have children - this film is a must.
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