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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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Yes, We Have A Bananza! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Mexico

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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Trivia

Herbie's name is mentioned only once in the film. This occurs when Pete first picks up Herbie at the beginning. The owner of the car lot tells Pete a story about Jim Douglas and says, "Herbie, he see it, he stop." For the rest of the movie, the car is called Ocho. 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

Captain Blythe: I can't believe this. Thirty years at sea, and I'm going to die in a bullring.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Look at Me
by Frank De Vol
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Ocho
9 October 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It was thought the Herbie phenomenon had finally run its course with Herbie Goes Bananas. It turned out only that the franchise just took a quarter century hiatus.

In this film Herbie has been given over to Stephen W. Burns and his mechanic Charles Martin Smith by previous owner whom we all know was Dean Jones. Of course he did it without telling nephew Burns or Smith about Herbie's capabilities. A bit of time with him and they really do believe that he can win the Grand Prix at Rio.

But before that the little bug gets involved with some counterfeiters played by John Vernon, Richard Jaeckel, and Alex Rocco, a little boy who calls him OCHO played by Joaquin Garay, and the pretentious captain of a cruise ship in Harvey Korman who has the best performance in the film. Burns gets himself involved in a shipboard romance with Elyssa Davalos who is accompanied by her chaperon aunt Cloris Leachman. Korman and Leachman get a little something going themselves though what she sees in him is beyond me. Maybe she just likes the uniform.

Herbie Goes Bananas has some nice location cinematography in the Panama Canal, Tijuana, and Guadalajara in Mexico. And it has two good scenes with Herbie walking the plank as per Captain Korman's orders and later on in a corrida facing a bull with Leachman and Korman inside. The rest of the time it moves at a snail's pace, odd for a Volkswagen that's supposed to win Grand Prix events.

By the way little Joaquin Garay calls him Ocho because he adds the five and three painted on Herbie's side and that's eight in Spanish. So why didn't he just call him Cincuenta Y Tres?


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