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Up in Smoke (1978)

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Directors:

Lou Adler, Tommy Chong (uncredited)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Pedro De Pacas
Tommy Chong ... Anthony 'Man' Stoner
Strother Martin ... Arnold Stoner
Edie Adams ... Mrs. Tempest Stoner
Harold Fong Harold Fong ... Chauffeur
Richard Novo Richard Novo ... Richard
Jane Moder Jane Moder ... Jail Bait
Pam Bille Pam Bille ... Jail Bait
Arthur Roberts ... Arresting Officer
Marian Beeler Marian Beeler ... Judge Gladys Dykes
Donald Hotton ... Bailiff
John Ian Jacobs John Ian Jacobs ... Prosecuting Attorney (as Jon Ian Jacobs)
Christopher Joy Christopher Joy ... Curtis (as Christipher Joy)
Ray Vitte ... The Band: Bass - James
Michael Caldwell Michael Caldwell ... The Band: Guitar - Duane
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Storyline

Cheech and Chong meet up by chance on the highway somewhere in California. They go in search of some dope and are accidentally deported to Mexico where in their desperation to get home they agree to drive a van back to the States so they can get back in time for a gig they are due to play. Unaware of the properties from which the van is constructed they make their way back having aquired a couple of female hitch-hikers whilst all the time avoiding the cops whom they are not even aware are following them. Written by Garry 'Gadget' Myles <garry.myles@mercury.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheech and Chong's Greatest Hits See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,364,244
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first of seven Cheech and Chong movies starring the comedy duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. See more »

Goofs

When Cheech cuts across the road to pick up Chong, the two girls are seated on the bench waiting for their ride. When Cheech stops to let Chong in, the girls are already quickly loading their surfboards into a van that wasn't there when Cheech stopped. See more »

Quotes

Pedro: Man, what is in this shit, man?
Man Stoner: Mostly Maui Waui man, but it's got some Labrador in it.
Pedro: What's Labrador?
Man Stoner: It's dog shit.
Pedro: What?
Man Stoner: Yeah, my dog ate my stash, man.
Pedro: Yeah?
Man Stoner: I had it on the table and the little motherfucker ate it, man. Then I had to follow him around with a little baggie for three days, man, before I got it back. Really blew the dog's mind, ya know?
Pedro: You mean we're smokin' dog shit, man?
Man Stoner: Gets ya high, don't it?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are in the style of spray-painted graffiti, super-imposed over Pedro's low-rider. See more »

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Strawberry's
New Music by Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel
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The Show
6 February 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

The counterculture was long dead and ripe for retrospective satire. Into the opportunity stepped two pro comics who after trying other things, built these characters. When comics work up a world for years and then brings it to a movie, it bodes well. Mike Myers would follow almost precisely this formula later with "Wayne's World."

The jokes are still pretty funny, many of them. Not the stuff with the flumoxxed cops or the folks who inadvertently get stoned (and get the munchies). But the bits of comic timing associated with the guys as if they were on stage.

Two bits to watch out for. One is two incidental women. The first has a scene only a minute long. A girl comes in, mistakes scouring powder for coke, snuffs it up and has the most comic facial expressions I have even seen on film. This is one of those priceless moments in film. I hope IMDb at some point figures out some means to vote on particular scenes. This girl would in life become an addict and a bag lady.

The second girl has a bigger role: Zane Buzby is one of the hippie stoner cheesecake babes that join the trip. She's got a less flashy role, but in ad libs created most of the situations in which she appears. She would go on to become one of TeeVee's most attuned comedy directors.

So you can see this as two stage personalities that are good, with these two women, who are also as good, surrounded by some disposable situations and jokes.

But there is another something interesting. The end of this comic show is a comic show within, the guys as a rock band in possibly the best Cheech and Chong sequence of all their movies. Everything from about 20 minutes into the film to this is a journey to this show, I suspect that "The Muppet Movie" of the following year was influenced by this.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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