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The Van (1977)

R | | Comedy | 7 April 1977 (USA)
Bobby blows all his college savings on a van and tries to get the girl of his dreams. It's a wild time with Bobby and his friends.

Director:

Sam Grossman

Writers:

Robert J. Rosenthal (as Robert Rosenthal), Celia Susan Cotelo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Goetz ... Bobby (as Stuart Getz)
Deborah White ... Tina
Harry Morgan Moses ... Jack (as Harry Moses)
Marcie Barkin ... Sue
Bill Adler Bill Adler ... Steve
Steve Oliver ... Dugan (as Stephen Oliver)
Connie Hoffman Connie Hoffman ... Sally (as Connie Lisa Marie)
Danny DeVito ... Andy
Jim Kester Jim Kester ... Tom
Michael Gitomer ... Jim
Chuck Hastings Chuck Hastings ... Fat Policeman
Steven Stinebaugh Steven Stinebaugh ... Thin Policeman
Howard Dayton Howard Dayton ... Friendly
David Ellenstein David Ellenstein ... Basketball Player
Donald Elson ... Mr. Hump
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Bobby is a Los Angeles teenager who buys a customized Dodge van to pick up girls and spruce up his dull life, all while trying to win money racing other vans in order to pay for his own. Written by Anonymous

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Bobby couldn't make it... till he went Fun-Truckin'! See more »

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Comedy

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Trivia

Although Danny Devito wasn't yet a star, he did have a good part in the Oscar Sweeping One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Also, his character runs the car wash and sits in a small area, giving orders, like his character Louis DePalma would on Taxi the next year. See more »

Goofs

When the two police officers take off after the yellow and green van when they are drag racing down the street, you can see the reflection of two crew members operating a camera and a third gentleman standing there watching the filming reflected in the rear passenger side window. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [recalling how a nude take-out waitress with very large buttocks forced herself on him] Yeah, what a piece of ass.
Jack: Yeah? How did she feel?
Bobby: Well, let's just say she was, ah... big. All over.
Jack: Yeah, sure.
Bobby: Really man, I never knew love making could be so, ahem... physical.
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Soundtracks

Hang My Head and Moan
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Sammy Johns
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Den of Sin on Wheels -- Toaster Included
19 June 2007 | by gortxSee all my reviews

The cult of personality has elevated the status of Roger Corman, Sam Arkoff, Lloyd Kaufman etc. as kings of the B's. Because the folks at Crown International were so key, they haven't been elevated to the status they richly deserve. A film like THE VAN may now seem like a disposable piece of Drive-in esoteria, but it was a sizable hit when it was released (not to mention subsequent re-releases as a double feature with other Crown hits).

THE VAN was a perfect example of Crown's hit strategy of seizing upon the mood of movie-goers at the time of a film's release. Here, it was sex, drugs, rock 'n roll and the brief "Custom Van" fad. As others have noted, it is ironic that the "hit" song in the film refers to a Chevy when the title vehicle is a Dodge in the film itself. I had a town Selectman where I was at the time even declare these vans to be "dens of sin on wheels!" A perfect ad line for the film!

There are the usual assortment of "good" and "bad" girls, muscle-heads and low-brow hijinks (including a supporting bit by Danny DeVito). In many ways this isn't much different from the old Beach Party movies of the 60's, but now spiced up with Nudity and Drug use. Obviously done on a limited budget and a limited schedule, the film coasts along pleasantly enough with a breezy charm that compensates for some, by today's standards certainly, un-PC views of women.

The classic touch is a Toaster for Bobby's den of sin on wheels. Yes, a Toaster! Hey, you gotta have something hot for those munchies!

Grindhouse Fest.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chevy Van See more »

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Production Co:

Marimark Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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