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The Van (1977)

R | | Comedy | 7 April 1977 (USA)
Bobby blows all his college savings on a van and tries to get the girl of his dreams. It's a wild time with Bobby and his friends.

Director:

Sam Grossman

Writers:

Robert J. Rosenthal (as Robert Rosenthal), Celia Susan Cotelo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Goetz ... Bobby (as Stuart Getz)
Deborah White ... Tina
Harry Morgan Moses ... Jack (as Harry Moses)
Marcie Barkin ... Sue
Bill Adler Bill Adler ... Steve
Steve Oliver ... Dugan (as Stephen Oliver)
Connie Hoffman Connie Hoffman ... Sally (as Connie Lisa Marie)
Danny DeVito ... Andy
Jim Kester Jim Kester ... Tom
Michael Gitomer ... Jim
Chuck Hastings Chuck Hastings ... Fat Policeman
Steven Stinebaugh Steven Stinebaugh ... Thin Policeman
Howard Dayton Howard Dayton ... Friendly
David Ellenstein David Ellenstein ... Basketball Player
Donald Elson ... Mr. Hump
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Storyline

Bobby is a Los Angeles teenager who buys a customized Dodge van to pick up girls and spruce up his dull life, all while trying to win money racing other vans in order to pay for his own. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Bobby Couldn't Make It... Till He Went Fun-Truckin! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chevy Van See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marimark Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a podcast that references The Van in every single episode. The podcast (The Grindbin Podcast) discusses the many drive-in exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s, and the hosts of this podcasts finish each episode by imagining how the two main protagonists of The Van would fit into the world of the movie they discussed that week. See more »

Goofs

When the two police officers take off after the yellow and green van when they are drag racing down the street, you can see the reflection of two crew members operating a camera and a third gentleman standing there watching the filming reflected in the rear passenger side window. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: There ain't a woman around who don't love the sound of a zipper comin' down...
[he barely finishes the line when the nude take-out waitress throws him on the waterbed and forces herself on him by mounting him with her very large buttocks ]
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Early Morning Love
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Sammy Johns
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A Time Capsule-worthy '70s artifact
11 September 2003 | by kingdaevidSee all my reviews

...this is, above all else, the typical Crown International Pictures drive-in (read "passion pit") programmer. The 1975 Sammy Johns hit record "Chevy Van" is heard repeatedly on the soundtrack (this movie has even been reissued with the title CHEVY VAN), despite the film's title vehicle being a Dodge. Danny DeVito makes only six minutes of on-screen appearance, but countless VHS reissues falsely credit him as the star of the flick. The movie is a comparatively sexist morality tale -- will Bobby find sexual satisfaction through the one-night-stand his customised van facilitates, or must he wait until Tina, the girl of his dreams, gives him the time of day? Still, it is representative of the prevailing carnal dream of male American high schoolers of the time, and on that basis alone THE VAN has, almost in spite of itself, become an artifact of the period that must be referenced in any honest retrospective of the period's popular American cinema...


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