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Driving Me Crazy (1991)

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 »


I'm Still Standing
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
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Much funnier when you've lived in Germany
9 June 2006 | by julianrichterSee all my reviews

To appreciate this movie the best you have to have lived in Germany during the 80s and 90s. My favorite scene is when Gunther looks for a bottle of Coke and is overwhelmed by "Coke with sugar, Coke without sugar, Coke with caffeine, Coke without caffeine, Coke with caffeine without sugar ... In Germany you only have one choice - Coke!" This was absolutely true! The reviewer who thought Gunther was saying his car runs on "tubers" is wrong. Gunther is saying "Rueben" which is the German word for Turnips. A car that runs on turnips is funnier than a car that runs on potatoes! "Driving Me Crazy" can be compared to "The Gods Must Be Crazy" (which I also like) in terms of comedy. Don't expect Woody Allen-type humor. Pretend you're back in junior high to enjoy this movie the most.

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