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Corvette Summer (1978)

PG | | Adventure, Comedy | 2 June 1978 (USA)
A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette.

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Matthew Robbins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hamill ... Kenneth W. Dantley Jr.
Annie Potts ... Vanessa
Eugene Roche ... Ed McGrath
William Bryant ... Plain Clothes Police Lecturer (as Bill Bryant)
Richard McKenzie ... Principal Bacon
Kim Milford ... Wayne Lowry
Philip Bruns ... Gil
Danny Bonaduce ... Kootz
Albert Insinnia ... Ricci
Jane A. Johnston ... Mrs. Dantley
Stanley Kamel ... Las Vegas Con Man
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Older John - Rosalind's Admirer (as Cliff Pellow)
Jason Ronard ... Wayne's Chain-Wielding Henchman
Brion James ... Wayne's Car Wash Henchman
Morgan Upton ... New Owner of Vanessa's Van
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Storyline

Ken loves to design and build exotic cars. When the High School shop class project car, a fully tricked out dream Corvette, is stolen, he begins searching for it. His search leads him to Las Vegas, where Vanessa, a teenaged prostitute wannabe, helps him try to track it down. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The hot one is coming! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stingray See more »

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Gross USA:

$15,500,000
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mark Hamill was badly injured in an automobile wreck in Malibu, California just prior to production. He bears the scars through Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

Goofs

When Kenny is on the bike and hitches the ride on RV to catch up to his Corvette, you can see a street sign that says Van Nuys Blvd. They were still supposed to be in Vegas at that part of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa: Ya wanna hitchike, ya gotta stick somethin' out.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.5 (2016) See more »

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Give Me the Night
(uncredited)
Written by Craig Safan
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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Never let Danny from the Partridge Family drive your new Stingray.
1 May 2006 | by copper1963See all my reviews

When pretty-boy Mark Hamill took a header through the windshield of his personal vehicle (shortly after Star Wars hit it big), his career as a teen idol was forever fractured. But before the burial could be completed, the doctors stitched up his wounds and ran him out for this coming-of-age marathon about a boy and his car. Stolen? Repossessed? Gone. Maybe in pieces somewhere? Chop shop alert: Hamill meets a traveling salesman who gives up some key information. With his surgically repaired skull and grease monkey tan, Hamill hitches and walks his way to Las Vegas. Annie Potts is 24-karat gold as a prostitute in training. Joyful. Ambitious. Pow! She has moxie to burn. Her performance (I believe) inspired Marisa Tomei for her role in the southern-fried comedy, My Cousin Vinny. Another familiar face, Danny Bonaduce, has a part of desperation: he is blamed for losing the car while buying some Cokes, and later on, he's required to wash the Corvette during the closing credits. Enough said. But he does a good job. Plot points leap between slapstick and dark drama. Hamill's shop teacher and mentor is an unsavory fellow. A criminal. He has an odd view of the world and authority. The studio, MGM, crashes Las Vegas with all the zip and garish colors they could muster. On the way there, Hamill hitches a ride with some Mexican low-riders. Like the tortoise and the hare of lore, they move at a snails pace, much too slow for the manic kid in search of his prize hot rod. Weird script touches: the bad guy shoots his disabled car for no good reason; Hamill sleeps in a small U-Haul trailer--and he's not the only one with the same idea; both Potts and Hamill have little trouble finding employment with no identification or references; and a school field trip to a junkyard is loaded with menace and danger.


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