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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)

Writers:

Tommy Chong (as Thomas Chong), Cheech Marin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Pedro
Tommy Chong ... Man
Strother Martin ... Mr. Stoner
Edie Adams ... 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)
Christipher Joy Christipher Joy ... Curtis
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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Don't miss the only film where the heroes get wiped out in the first five minutes! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,364,244
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Strother Martin and Edie Adams (who played Arnold and Tempest Stoner, Anthony "Man" Stoner's parents) were allowed to ad-lib their dialogue in the scene where they talk to their son about getting a job. See more »

Goofs

When Chong is playing the drums at the Roxy after being "revived", his drum strokes clearly don't go with the music. See more »

Quotes

Arnold Stoner: [to wife, off camera] Sweetheart, I'll talk to him.
[to Anthony, "Man", as he makes a fruit smoothie]
Arnold Stoner: Son, your mother and me would like for you to cozy up to the Finkelstein boy. He's a bright kid, and, uh... he's going to military school, and... remember, he was an Eagle Scout...
Mrs. Tempest Stoner: Arnold...
Arnold Stoner: [shouting as wife continues] Will you shut up? We're not going to have a family brawl!
Mrs. Tempest Stoner: ...and a retard!
Arnold Stoner: We've put up with a hell of a lot.
[Anthony starts blender]
Arnold Stoner: Can this wait? Build your goddamn muscles, huh...
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Bang Boom Bang - Ein todsicheres Ding (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I Didn't Know Your Name Was Alex
Music and Lyrics by Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong
[song title uncredited]
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Cheech and Chong's Screen debut!
17 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Up in Smoke (1978) was the comic team of Cheech and Chong's big screen debut. After selling a ton of albums during the early and mid-seventies, the duo finally got a chance to star in their own picture. Anthony "Man" Stoner (Tommy Chong) is a rich kid who's still living the hippie life and enjoys pot. Pedro De Pacas (Cheech Marin) is a kid from East L.A. who's into three things: gaudy car upholstery, rock music and finding smoke. This would be the first of several movies starring these two characters (or different variations of them).

Anthony Stoner leaves his rich parents house after a falling out over getting a job. His car breaks down near the ocean. But his savior arrives in the form of Pedro De Pacas. Pedro is cruising for girls when he meets Anthony. Th two strike up a friendship and the movie goes off in several different and bizarre directions. What kind of adventures do Anthony and Pedro get into? You'll just have to find out for yourself when you watch UP IN SMOKE.

A funny film that'll keep you laughing from beginning to end. Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin play the ultimate slackers. All they want to do is partying and smoke a lot of dope. This movie was followed by several sequels.

Highly recommended.


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