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Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.

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Vincent McEveety

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Jim Douglas
Don Knotts ... Wheely Applegate
Julie Sommars ... Diane Darcy
Jacques Marin ... Inspector Bouchet
Roy Kinnear ... Quincey
Bernard Fox ... Max
Eric Braeden ... Bruno Von Stickle
Xavier Saint-Macary Xavier Saint-Macary ... Detective Fontenoy (as Xavier Saint Macary)
François Lalande François Lalande ... Monsieur Ribeaux
Alan Caillou ... Emile
Laurie Main ... Duval
Mike Kulcsar Mike Kulcsar ... Claude
Johnny Haymer ... Race Official
Stanley Brock ... Taxi Driver
Gérard Jugnot ... Waiter
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Storyline

Race car driver, Jim Douglas goes to Monte Carlo to enter his car, Herbie, in the Monte Carlo rally. When they get there, Herbie falls for another driver's car and Jim falls for the driver Diane, who thinks he's weird. But what they don't know is that a pair of thieves who stole a very valuable diamond, hid it in Herbie's gas tank. And the thieves try to get it back. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The Love Bug falls 'hood-over-wheels' for a classy chassis! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido motorizado enamorado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Jacques Marin, Xavier Saint-Macary, François Lalande and Gérard Jugnot dubbed themselves for the French version of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the thieves first appear in the museum, in the first shot Max's leg is up and resting on Quincy, but in the next shot both his legs are on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Jim Douglas: [trying to think of any clue of where Herbie and the Lancia could be, but Diane misunderstands him and thinks that he is trying to be fresh with her] Where would you take a boyfriend on his first night to Paris?
Diane Darcy: 'Boyfriend?' Don't tell me this is your cute way of making a pass.
Jim Douglas: If I had romance in mind, would he be along?
[points to Wheely]
Wheely Applegate: Right.
[suddenly makes an annoyed-looking frown]
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Connections

Followed by Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) See more »

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Herbie Flips His Hood For A Classy Chassis
29 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When you think about Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo raises some interesting philosophical questions. Such as how is the sex of a car determined? Are here certain part variations as there are with animals or is the sex determined by the owner?

You won't get the answer to these questions, but with Dean Jones as racing driver Jim Douglas back at the steering wheel you will get a reasonably fun movie from the Disney Studio. This is the third Herbie film from the Magic Kingdom and it lives up to the standard created by the first one.

Jones after giving the car over to the tender care of Helen Hayes in the second film is back at the wheel, this time with Don Knotts instead of Buddy Hackett as his mechanic. Though I like Knotts very much as a performer, something was definitely missing without Buddy Hackett in the film. You'd have to have seen the first to appreciate it, but Hackett was the first to discover the true essence of Herbie, the Volkwagen with a soul.

Dean and Don have several problems to overcome. The first is a pair of inept jewel thieves who nearly get themselves caught even with all the museum layout and security systems information. To avoid capture Bernard Fox and Roy Kinnear dump one very large diamond into Herbie's gas tank before the Grand Prix race from Paris to Monte Carlo. The second is an officious German driver who apparently well remembers that Volkswagen's were not vehicles of sport from the Third Reich. Eric Braeden is one of those Germans you just love to hate.

The final problem is Herbie who takes one look at the lines on the car Julie Sommars is driving and guess what, her car has a soul as well. I guess you needed a handsome, devilish may car, rogue like Herbie to bring it out. He also of course brings Julie and Dean together, though I do have to wonder what happened with Michele Lee from the original film.

Nice location scenery of France, the countryside and the metropolitan areas of Paris and Monte Carlo definitely help one enjoy this film even if you're not a devoted fan of the soulful Herbie.


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