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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bobby (as Stuart Getz)
Deborah White ... Tina
... Jack (as Harry Moses)
... Sue
Bill Adler ... Steve
... Dugan (as Stephen Oliver)
Connie Hoffman ... Sally (as Connie Lisa Marie)
... Andy
Jim Kester ... Tom
... Jim
Chuck Hastings ... Fat Policeman
Steven Stinebaugh ... Thin Policeman
Howard Dayton ... Friendly
David Ellenstein ... Basketball Player
... 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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7 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chevy Van  »

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Trivia

Despite the song "Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns appearing throughout the soundtrack the titular "Van" is a 1977 Dodge B200 Tradesman van (which was prepared by legendary car customizer George Barris). The van, purchased at Claude Short Dodge in Santa Monica, California, is the extended version of the B200 Dodge, featuring a 360-ci "small block" Chrysler V8 engine, automatic transmission and air conditioning. The customization includes a four-foot circular window on the driver's side, a water bed, mirrored ceiling, carpeted and padded walls, drink rack, refrigerator, a TV, a table with a built-in toaster, captain's chairs and a CB radio and eight-track tape player. Two vans were built for the film. The primary van, which was used for all running and interior shots, featured all the customizations listed above. The stunt van (a 1972 Dodge cargo van dressed to look like the primary 1977 Dodge van) was used for the drag-racing scenes, and did not feature a full interior. See more »

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As Dugan pulls out to drive up to the starting line for the final race, a couple of crew members with a camera and a mic boom can be seen n the side of the van. See more »

Quotes

Dugan Hicks: NOBODY calls Dugan a TURD!
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Soundtracks

Hang My Head and Moan
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Sammy Johns
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It's Van-tastic!
9 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Simple-minded but good-natured drive-in movie about a simple-minded but good-natured high school graduate who has dreams of owning the coolest custom van in the world to use as his "ballroom".

Bobby, our hero, spends his entire savings to acquire the vehicle of his dreams. Joint sharing and love making quickly commence with girls Bobby has picked up at the local pizza parlor, but he finds out much responsibility, danger and heartache come with being the owner of such a mechanical marvel.

The Van is a guilty pleasure of mine. It captures the laid back mid 70's mood and has enough unintentional humor to put it into the "so bad it's good" category.


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