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Drive-In (1976)

PG | | Comedy | 23 January 1977 (UK)
The adventures of a group of teenagers at a drive-in theatre in Texas one weekend night.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Lemole ... Glowie Hudson
Gary Lee Cavagnaro ... Little Bit (as Gary Cavagnaro)
... Orville Hennigson
Billy Milliken ... Enoch
Lee Newsom ... Widow Maker
Reagan Kee ... Spoon (as Regan Kee)
Andy Parks ... Widow Maker
... Gifford
Gordon Hurst ... Will Henry
Kent Perkins ... Bill Hill
Ashley Cox ... Mary Louise
Louis Zito ... Manager
Linda Larimer ... Cashier
Barry Gremillion ... Diddle Brown
David Roberts ... Gear Grinder


The adventures of a group of teenagers at a drive-in theatre in Texas one weekend night.

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There's nothing but action at the Drive-In, and some good stuff on the screen, too! See more »




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23 January 1977 (UK)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Glenn Morshower's first film. See more »


Glowie Hudson: You whipping Enoch's got nothing to do with me being here. I ain't some prize that goes to the winner.
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Spoofs Jaws (1975) See more »


Today I Started Loving You Again
Written by Merle Haggard (uncredited)
Performed by Merle Haggard
Courtesy of Capitol Records - Blue Book Music, publisher
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Exquisite time capsule of mindless fun
5 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I could've sworn I had already written a comment on this flick, but guess I didn't. A shame, too. Because this is one of the few non-mainstream movies that I really think deserves a "10" on IMDb's scale.

All right. Call me a romantic blatherer, but no movie other than the first "American Graffiti" is still able--this long after its release, and noting how far cinema has come in the meantime--to transport the watcher to a specific time period in a specific place with so little effort. Rod Amateau deserves a place in cinematic history for that, if nothing else. And the amazing thing about it is that the specific time period--and place--to which it transports the watcher is none other than the very one in which it was filmed! Not something lovingly recreated, but fresh while it was happening! No nostalgic tweaking, just slice-of-life with a smile.

Perhaps I gush, but I remember very well the first time I saw "Drive-In." It was at a dollar-admission cinema and was a new release at the time. The movie house changed its movies every Friday, and for some reason I went to see this on opening night. I was back on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday--five shows in seven days, and if they hadn't changed the movie again on Friday, I would have been back for more the next week. And I brought people with me to every show after that first one, all of whom claimed to adore it as well. That was 30 years ago, and I can remember no other movie before or after for which I felt that kind of exhilaration with the exception of "O Lucky Man!".

What makes the movie so much fun? What makes it amazingly re-watchable? I haven't the slightest idea. It's just a bunch of kids doing what kids do, while the (few) adults around them remain largely clueless. That, and mentally filling in the blanks as to what happens during the unseen parts of "Disaster '76," the movie-within-a-movie on-screen at the drive-in, is always fun. And of course, just the plain old' down-home good humor and never-taking-itself-too-seriously writing doesn't hurt a bit. They pink, Orville...pink as bubblegum! Goodness knows several of the songs are used WAY too often (the Statler Brothers must have gotten GOBS of royalty payments from "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott" being used more times than I can count) and Enoch is just a little too over-the-top (as is his pseudo-demise) while still being a real character, and NOBODY is believable as being quite what they pretend (just like real life, except these are actors playing parts), so don't look for great performances or something that would make Stanislavski or Strasberg sit up and take notice. But if you're looking for 90 minutes worth of pure entertainment that NO ONE need take seriously but everyone can smile at, I highly recommend searching out a VHS copy of this flick or praying for its release on DVD.

Folks, it's a fantasy. Could it have happened? The odds AGAINST it are as high as the percent given in the Ronnie Milsap song on the soundtrack. But it's too pretty a fantasy to ignore. Give yourself over to it, and remember how life used to be, whether it ever really was or not.

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