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Nice Dreams (1981)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 5 June 1981 (USA)
Disguised as ice cream vendors, Cheech and Chong make--and subsequently lose--millions of dollars selling a batch of marijuana with an unusual side effect.


(as Thomas Chong)


(as Thomas Chong), (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)
Benita Barrie ...
Mrs. Del Whacko, Owner Casa Del Whacko
Girl Nut
Big Yank ...
Male Nurse #2 (as Big Yank 'Anderson Ball')
Don Carlson ...
Nut #7
David Castle ...
Nut #8
Jerry Chambers ...
Male Nurse #1
Jennifer Child ...
Dishwater / Blondie Group #5
Body Builder
Midget Nut (as Joe Anthony Cox)
Roderick F. Daniels ...
James William Newport ...
Grow Room Weirdo / Weird Jimmy (as Jimmy Fame)
CHP #1
Lorraine Fiorito ...
Hooker #2


Cheech and Chong house sit for a marijuana grower and rip off the crop. Stalked by keystone-style cops, Los Guys have a series of encounters with L.A. area characters even weirder than themselves. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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The story of two enterprising young men who make an amazing amount of money selling ice cream. See more »


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Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams  »

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The film, like any Cheech and Chong movie, is loosely scripted and tightly storyboarded, with the physical characteristics of each sequence carefully pre-planned, a technique which evolved from their origins in improvisational theatre. Chong says: "We rely on the storyboards to keep the plot flowing". Whilst Cheech said: "And to tell the cast and crew where to report in the morning". Chong points out: "Improv has its own disciplines. When it works, it's as if you had tapped in to some crazy force. There's a spontaneity that's funnier than anything an all-night story conference could produce". And when it doesn't work? Chong says: "You look at the rushes, say -------------, we blew that one, and re-shoot. We probably use . . . and waste . . . more raw film than anyone in the business. But on the basis that comedy is the art of the unexpected, it's worth it". See more »


When Animal rides up the elevator to Dona's apt she is on the 7th floor but the lights in the elevator says he is getting off on the 5th floor. There are 9 lights the farthest left is the up light then Lobby up to 8th the the down. When he gets off the down light up. She said to the cops 714 but she is in 716. See more »


Chong: Will you sell me some of that stuff, man?
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Music and Lyrics by Ruben Guevara
Sung by Cheech Marin
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Where're their heads at?
11 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is the third Cheech and Chong film, coming after Up in Smoke (1978) and Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980). The films are a series in the traditional way--characters continue, and there is something of a linear development per the films' chronologies of the characters, but as with the plot of this film in isolation, the threads holding it all together are pretty thin.

In Nice Dreams, Cheech and Chong are selling dope from a barely disguised ice cream truck. They may have struck it rich by this point, or maybe Cheech just doesn't know how to read numbers very well. At any rate, they do not seem to be hurting for money--they have a bag of it, after all, which they have to pursue later in the film--and somehow, they're living in a very expensive, big house on the beach outside of Los Angeles, although it seems that maybe they're just crashing at a friend of a friend's place while he's away (he's a musician on tour).

A lot of it is pretty unclear, because the last thing that Cheech and Chong as writers and director (only Chong in the latter case) are concerned with is telling anything like a traditional story. Instead, it seems like maybe they were high while they wrote and filmed this. That's usually meant as a negative--the idea is to denote how little sense the work makes, or how little coherence it has. I don't mean it that way here. I don't mean it as a knock, necessarily. I mean it literally, and consequently to underscore a kind of stream-of-consciousness, absurdist and surreal flow. Those can all be very positive qualities, as they are occasionally here. But maybe Cheech and Chong were just looking for the easiest way to string together a number of sketch ideas, and not enough sketch ideas, because some of them are drawn out or reprised past their freshness date. And that probably goes for the whole premise of Cheech and the Man (Chong) selling dope and getting into wacky situations while being pursued by Sgt. Stedanko (Stacy Keach). Nice Dreams feels too much like Cheech and Chong are just coasting--vamping while waiting for the next soloist to start. Although I love experimentation as much as anyone else, this is a film that would have benefited from a stronger focus on telling a story in a traditional way. I don't always think that something different is better just because it's different.

So this is definitely a step down from the first two films, although there are more than enough funny moments to keep a fan of the first two films mildly entertained, and most of the supporting actors, including the returning ones, are enjoyable and had even more potential. Some skits (that word fits here better than "scenes"), like the crazy house and the fiasco at Donna's apartment, and even the "Save the Whales" song, are as good as most of the material in the first two films. But overall, it just seems like their hearts, and maybe their heads, weren't as much into making a film this time around.

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