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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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Herbie's Back In A Brand-New Movie! See more »


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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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Sound Mix:



Black and White (some scenes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The road used for the race scene between Horace and Herbie is called Golden State Highway. Up until 1968, it was part of the historic Highway 99 until the highway was retired and mostly flooded over by a dam and reservoir leaving only the small section seen in the movie. It is also worth mentioning that this was one of the roads taken by James Dean on the day he was killed. This road. located just north of Burbank off Interstate 5, is commonly used in Hollywood movies. See more »


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


Jim Douglas: [Talking about Herbie] Well he uh... He becomes like his owner, and helps them get what they need.
Alex Davis: So...
[Turns attention towards Hank]
Alex Davis: It wasn't Herbie that whipped out to that secluded spot, locked the doors and all that, it was you, trying to get me alone!
Hank Cooper: Me? No... It was the car...
Jim Douglas: [laughing] Herbie did that to me too. It's how I met my wife.
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Follows Herbie Rides Again (1974) See more »

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'The Love Bug' has its bugs
24 July 2004 | by desmondelmesSee all my reviews

It is beyond me why this television movie is called 'The Love Bug' when it isn't about love, it's about a Volkswagen Beetle which also doesn't have much to do with love. If anything, it is like a Looney Tunes cartoon with a crazy title and a crazy plot that doesn't necessarily match the title name. But this is a television movie, and like most other television movies, it has flaws, among them poor acting, weak humour and the 'modifications' that 'Horace' has being totally unoriginal. (Sure, modification number 3, the laser beam that cuts 'Herbie' in half, is out of James Bond.) There are also some dry scenes, and just because "the love bug" is mentioned at the end doesn't mean that it makes an appropriate title. Although there are some good bits, they don't take up half of the movie, and so my opinion is that 'The Love Bug' has its 'bugs'.

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