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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 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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Yes, We Have A Bananza! 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
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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

In the sequence where Herbie "walks the plank", a real Volkswagen Beetle was cast out into the sea. It was never recovered. See more »

Goofs

When the Sun Princess is first seen sailing away to Rio from the pier, the scene is unmistakably a poor trick shot of a painted ship superimposed on top of some smaller ship. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Louise: I think it's trying to tell us something!
Captain Blythe: It's a car, woman, not Lassie!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Follows Herbie Rides Again (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

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Poor Herbie
7 December 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Vincent McEveety directed this fourth entry that sees Pete(played by Stephen W. Burns) and D.J.(played by Charles Martin Smith) gain temporary possession of Herbie from Jim Douglas, and have plans to enter it in a Rio De Janeiro car race, but need financial backing, so enlist two women(played by Cloris Leachman & Elyssa Davalos) to help out, but get sidetracked by a crazy ship captain(played by Harvey Korman) who dumps Herbie into the sea(!) and then is rescued by an orphaned pickpocket, and pursued by a smuggling syndicate. Awful film is utterly unfunny, contrived, and pointless, not to mention stupid. Forgettable sequel, best forgotten, though a brief TV series followed.


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