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Driving Me Crazy (1991)

PG | | Comedy | November 1991 (USA)
An eccentric, East German inventor and defector travels to Los Angeles, California to sell a prototype revolutionary new car that runs on vegetables, and produces no pollution, but he runs ... See full summary »


Jon Turteltaub


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Gottschalk ... Gunther Schmidt
Billy Dee Williams ... Max
Dom DeLuise ... Mr. B
Milton Berle ... Hotel Clerk
Steve Kanaly ... Mr. Goodwyn
Michelle Johnson ... Ricki
Richard Moll ... Buzz
Morton Downey Jr. ... Taj
James Tolkan ... Vince
George Kennedy ... John McCready
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Cubey (as Tiny Lister Jr.)
Andre Rosey Brown ... Bluto
Peter Lupus ... GM Boss
Vlade Divac ... Yugo Boss
Antony Alda Antony Alda ... Jack


An eccentric, East German inventor and defector travels to Los Angeles, California to sell a prototype revolutionary new car that runs on vegetables, and produces no pollution, but he runs into one madcap after another to find a buyer and financier for mass production.

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Gunther Schmidt has built the ultimate car. It's going to take him to the top... or push him over the edge.




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English | German

Release Date:

November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trabbi Goes to Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Kulmbach, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The video game that Gunther Schmidt (Thomas Gottschalk) played in the apartment is Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This is one of two movies that previewed the game. See more »


When Gunther is stealing his car back from the car show, he is being shot at and jumps out of a huge window. When he lands outside the window, the passenger-side light is clearly damaged, and falls out. However, in the next shot, the car is in mint condition, the light still in place, and the windows (which were shattered in the shooting) are also intact. See more »

Crazy Credits

When the credits finish, we see that "Vince" (James Tolkan) is still tied in the chair and he says, "come on guys, come on". See more »


Features Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) See more »


That's What She Said
Written and Performed by Joey Balin
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Guilty pleasure! (also contains a hidden gem for Star Wars fans)
3 June 2012 | by bakerudallSee all my reviews

I stumbled across this film on one those free movie networks. I thought I would watch for a few minutes to laugh at some of the cheesiness of the late 80's/early 90's, and I ended up watching the whole thing. The movie was indeed cheesy with mostly bad acting and a plot full of holes, but it's packed full of cerebral jokes and period references. Watch it by yourself, or with someone who appreciates that era, so you can relax and not feel guilty about laughing out loud. The lead actor does a good job and holds the movie together.

There are blatant plugs for some of the products from that year. Also, Star Wars fans will recognize and appreciate a scene by Billy Dee Williams that parodies one of his scenes from Empire Strikes Back.

Overall, a fun movie for anyone 35 or older. The young and/or cynical are just not going to get it.

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