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Things Are Tough All Over (1982)

Cheech and Chong are hired to drive a limo from Chicago to Las Vegas by two shady Arabs - Mr. Slyman (Cheech) and Prince Habib (Chong). Unbeknownst to them, five million dollars of dirty money has been stuffed throughout the car.

Director:

Thomas K. Avildsen

Writers:

Tommy Chong (as Thomas Chong), Cheech Marin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Attell ... Cocktail Waitress
Mike Bacarella ... Cop in Laundromat
Billy Beck ... Pop, Manager Red Wagon Adult Motel
Don Bovingloh Don Bovingloh ... Maitre D'
Richard 'Moon' Calhoun Richard 'Moon' Calhoun ... Drummer
Tommy Chong ... Chong / Prince Habib
Jennifer Condos Jennifer Condos ... Bass Player
John Corrona John Corrona ... St. Louis Biker
Dave Coulier ... Man with Tongue in Restaurant (as David Couwlier)
Shelby Chong ... French Girl #1 (as Shelby Fiddis)
Aaron Freeman Aaron Freeman ... Cop in Ghetto
Mike Friedman Mike Friedman ... Car Rental Agent
Evelyn Guerrero Evelyn Guerrero ... Donna, Cheech's Friend smuggling illegals
Maya Harman Maya Harman ... Belly Dancer
Vanaghan S. Housepian Vanaghan S. Housepian ... Henchman
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Storyline

Cheech and Chong work briefly as car wash attendants and musicians before being hired to drive a car from Chicago to Las Vegas. Unbeknownst to them, their employers (themselves in double roles) have concealed five million dollars of dirty money in the upholstery. A series of adventures ensues, including the making of a porn film featuring 'The Guys' and their real-life squeezes. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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A High Flying Comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Action

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo está muy duro See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,134,374
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Mr. Slyman: They've stolen our money?
Prince Habib: And part of the car too.
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Connections

Followed by Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984) See more »

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Johnny B. Goode
Written by Chuck Berry (uncredited)
Performed by Chuck Berry
Courtesy of All Platinum Records
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Cheech & Chong are up to no good.
7 September 2011 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

The 4th Cheech & Chong movie starts out strong with hilarity but fizzles as it progresses.

The title obviously refers to the 1981-82 recession that was going on at the time. Cheech & Chong have dual roles as themselves and two wealthy Arab brothers who own a chain of car washes.

The stoner duo somehow have found themselves in Chicago working for the brothers in a car wash. After they are fired for incompetence, they are re-hired as singers in a band (where they perform One-Eyed Snake) and find out the Arab's French girlfriends (played by Cheech & Chong's wives) are attracted to them.

Later, they are told to drive a limousine to Las Vegas. However they have no money and in lieu of cash, they give away parts to pay for gas. Unbeknownst to Cheech & Chong, there was a ton of cash hidden in the car and when they mistakenly give it away without a second thought, the Arabs find out about it and they go on a search in the desert outside Las Vegas to off the stoners.

Things Are Tough All Over has its moments but there are too many scenes of repetition and boredom in the middle. The characters of Slyman and Habib are actually funny at times but at this point, we already know all too well what will come out of Cheech & Chong's mouths. The same stuff we heard in the prior 3 films.

It's still an O.K. film but it just lacks the full-court press zaniness that the prior three entries had.


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