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The Van (1977)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Goetz ... Bobby (as Stuart Getz)
Deborah White 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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Bobby Couldn't Make It... Till He Went Fun-Truckin! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chevy Van See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marimark Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite having a prominent co-starring billing, Danny DeVito is in this movie for seven minutes in a total of six scenes. See more »

Goofs

Although the hit song "Chevy Van" is played often throughout the picture, and the movie itself was retitled "Chevy Van" on re-release, the van in this film is actually a Dodge. See more »

Quotes

Dugan Hicks: NOBODY calls Dugan a TURD!
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Soundtracks

Rag Doll
(uncredited)
Written by Steve Eaton
Performed by Sammy Johns
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"I want to take out ALL of you in my van, not just your nose!"
29 October 2007 | by OKCRaySee all my reviews

OK, our hero doesn't REALLY say that line in this movie, but if you haven't figured it out already, Stuart Getz is mostly known to millions as Charley in that legendary Brady Bunch episode where Marcia gets hit in the nose with the football (he was the dorky one with the wallpaper samples).

Anyway THAT'S where you've seen our "star" before... now on to the movie.

This was a big drive-in hit in the summer of 1977 and is a pretty good time capsule for that era. Guy hopes to impress chicks with tricked-out van, gets challenged to drag-race by rival. Lotsa partying and late-teen hijinks ensue. Feather-light script would probably take at least 24 hours to hit the floor if it were dropped from the ceiling, but it's still a fun (albeit hokey) remnant from the "drive-in swill" days of the '70s. The Rhino DVD is probably the best version (it's not heavily edited like other versions out there); the only drawbacks are it's full-frame, there are a few imperfections in the print and some of the color didn't age very well, but that doesn't really detract from overall enjoyment of the movie (if anything it enhances the "70s feeling"). Fans of "Joe Bob Briggs-type" movies will enjoy!


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