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Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Don Tait, Gordon Buford (characters creator)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cloris Leachman ... Aunt Louise
Charles Martin Smith ... D.J.
John Vernon ... Prindle
Stephen W. Burns Stephen W. Burns ... Pete (as Stephan W. Burns)
Elyssa Davalos ... Melissa
Joaquin Garay III ... Paco
Harvey Korman ... Captain Blythe
Richard Jaeckel ... Shepard
Alex Rocco ... Quinn
Fritz Feld ... Chief Steward
Vito Scotti ... Armando Moccia
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ... Garage Owner (as Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Store Owner
Tina Menard ... Store Owner's Wife
Jorge Moreno ... Bus Driver
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Storyline

Pete Stancheck inherits from his Uncle Jim Douglas a race car being stored in Puerto Vallarta. With his friend Davy Johns (D.J. to his friends) accompanying him to P.V., Pete is dismayed to learn that the car is an older model Volkswagen Beetle. But when Pete and D.J. see what the car can do and learn that it somewhat has a mind of its own, they decide to enter it into the Brazil Grand Primeo formula one race. En route to Rio de Janeiro, Herbie, the car, gets Pete and D.J. into one predicament after another as it tries to help its new friend, a streetwise orphan named Paco, who Pete and D.J. encountered in P.V. and who stowed away in Herbie's trunk. Because of these predicaments, Pete and D.J. end up requiring a quick influx of cash and slyly enlist the help of wealthy Louise Trent and her bookish niece, anthropology doctoral candidate Melissa, to be their financiers. Pete's role in the scheme is to woo the shy Melissa, about which he feels guilty. But initially unknown to all of them... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Ole! It's south of the border disorder when.... [UK Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido motorizado rumbo a Río See more »

Filming Locations:

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Herbie The Love Bug was a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle deluxe ragtop sedan painted in Volkswagen L87 pearl white. Under normal circumstances, the interior would be a matching white. However, Herbie's interior was painted a special non-reflective grey color so the camera and studio lights would not reflect. See more »

Goofs

When Herbie is thrown overboard, his rear license plate is missing. Later, after Paco rescues Herbie from the ocean, we see the rear license plate once again. See more »

Quotes

D.J.: Why do keep calling this car Ocho? Ocho means eight. Can't you read the numbers?
Paco: Sure I can read the numbers. Five and three are eight. Anyone knows that.
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Alternate Versions

German DVD version was cut by ca. 1,5 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: CIAPOW (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Look at Me
by Frank De Vol
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adios Herbie
3 June 2002 | by BaldachSee all my reviews

This was the last Herbie movie to my knowledge. If it wasn't the last, it was defintely the worst. What else do you call a movie when a Mexican child calls Herbie "ocho" ( he adds up Herbie famous number "53" and gets eight). Then this Mexican child does a horrible paint job and starts using Herbie to run a taxi service. In my humble opinion the only reason to watch this film is to see what sort cellouiod trash Disney was putting out before Michael Eisner took over.


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