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The Love Bug 

Herbie, the magical Volkswagen Beetle, is passed on to a new owner. Together, they must battle a dastardly racer and his devil-car "Horace", an evil Herbie.


Peyton Reed


Gordon Buford (earlier story), Bill Walsh (earlier screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Hank Cooper
John Hannah ... Simon Moore III
Alexandra Wentworth ... Alex Davis
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Roddy Martel
Dana Gould ... Rupert
Harold Gould ... Dr. Gustav Stumpfel
Micky Dolenz ... Donny Shotz
Burton Gilliam ... Mecanic Race Announcer
Clarence Williams III ... Chuck
Dean Jones ... Jim Douglas
Andy Houts Andy Houts ... 1st Mechanic
Mike Wills Mike Wills ... 2nd Mechanic
Doug McCallie Doug McCallie ... Cocky Mechanic
Christin Hinojosa ... Trendy Gal
Andrew Woodworth Andrew Woodworth ... Trendy Guy


Herbie, the magical Volkswagen Beetle, is passed on to a new owner. Together, they must battle a dastardly racer and his devil-car "Horace", an evil Herbie. Written by Michael Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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The only Herbie movie without the George Bruns original theme. See more »


At the end of the "dueling race", Alex takes off her helmet twice. See more »


[Simon and Rupert are being arrested]
Simon Moore III: Hey, Alex! I'll give you a call.
Alex Davis: You're only allowed *one*.
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Follows Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) See more »

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Bruce + Love Bug = Surreal but intriguing....
16 January 2002 | by EmpireonlineSee all my reviews

Basically this is a full-on TV film, but somehow manages to star one of the finest B-Actors ever to enter the movie industry. The whole fact it has the 'classic' love bug is merely lost as you are completely overwhelmed by the pure skill of Bruce taking over the screen. "Bruce" I hear you cry, but who is he? Well for all those of you who have lived on the moon for the last few years, Bruce Campbell is a cult legend, not only has he dabbled his hand in the horror-esque genre (Maniac Cop) and the completely superb classic trilogy of 'The Evil Dead' but he also starred in one of the finest movies to come out of Hollywood in a while, 'The Hudsucker Proxy.' Also starring John Hannah, who you might recognise from such films as 'Sliding Doors' and 'The Mummy' plays the evil ex-pro formula one driver(Simon Moore III) who just 'hates that little car!' Bruce walks through the film like a breeze until original star of the Disney 'Love Bug' movies Dean Jones or as many a film fan will know him as, 'JIM DOUGLAS!' Only here does Bruce have some real on-screen competition, but even then, you still feel Bruce is the master. As for the actual film, I'd say the novelty value outclasses the actual quality of the film, the acting is poor (aside from the two named above) the script is terrible and the end is really weird for no apparent reason. I wouldn't give the film an actual mark due to the fact as a TV movie, there is no way it can ever score above about a five so I'll leave it at that. One last thing, if you are a beetle car lover (and I know some of you are) the 'evil car' is top notch and an entertainment in itself.

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Release Date:

30 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kicsi kocsi újra a régi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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