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The Van

Director: Sam Grossman, Pierre Jalbert

Cast: Stuart Getz, Deborah White

 

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A teenager tries to win the girl of his dreams with the hottest van in town in this '70s sex comedy. Bobby (Stuart Goetz) has just graduated from high school, but he's too preoccupied with girls to think much about his future. Bobby hasn't had much luck with the ladies, and he's convinced it's because of his lack of cool wheels, so after months of slaving at a car

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A teenager tries to win the girl of his dreams with the hottest van in town in this '70s sex comedy. Bobby (Stuart Goetz) has just graduated from high school, but he's too preoccupied with girls to think much about his future. Bobby hasn't had much luck with the ladies, and he's convinced it's because of his lack of cool wheels, so after months of slaving at a car wash owned by Andy (Danny DeVito), he blows the money he'd been saving for college on a down payment on his dream machine: a canary yellow custom Dodge van, a bachelor pad on wheels complete with mirrored ceiling, 8-track stereo, television monitors, and (natch) a waterbed. Bobby turns his attentions to class hottie Sally (Connie Lisa Marie), who happens to be dating ill-tempered bully Dugan (Steve Oliver), while his buddy Jack urges him to date the more available Sue (Marcie Barkin), who's friends with his girlfriend, Tina (Deborah White). Andy uses the car wash as a front for his bookmaking business, and when a few bets don't go his way, he asks Bobby to lend him some money. Bobby gives Andy the cash he'd earmarked for his next payment on the van, but when Andy can't pay him back, Bobby's new van may be soon be in the hands of the repo man.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Sex, drugs, arcades, and wicked custom vans...Life just doesn't get too much better than in 1977's The Van. As with the equally outrageous laser-blasting gem Super Van, this is pure kitsch nostalgia through and through. Where else can you catch a flick that's built solely around some redheaded dimwit cruisin' the strip in his new bright yellow packed-to-the-hilt van, hilariously fist-pumping out of his window because he's finally going to get some tail? Yep, surprise, surprise -- gratuitous libido has just as much to do with the plot as custom painted horsepower. It's '70s sex comedy time, folks; time to sit back, jam out to the soft rock soundtrack, and amaze at the brilliance that was West Coast teen van culture. Oh, and it's raunchy, too! With a key ingredient being the aforementioned waterbed on wheels, you can just guess what kind of wacky hijinks ensue (three words of warning: ice cream girl). Known mainly for a brief appearance by a young Danny DeVito, it's a fact that The Van actually holds other links in the film world, most notably in the direct connection with 1978's genius beach sex romp, Malibu Beach. In both brilliant teen flicks, the heroes are tormented by the aging town bully Dugan (Steven J. Oliver), a hapless muscled chump who's glory days are far behind him. Lord knows why the reprise, but because of it, both films make quite the match. So watch this, then move on to the equally classic (although much funnier) Malibu Beach. You'll get the best one-two corny '70s punch that you could ask for.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2005
UPC:
0625282902196
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Legacy Entertainment
Region Code:
0

Special Features

Interactive menu; Scene index

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stuart Getz Bobby Hampton
Deborah White Tina
Donald Elson Mr. Hump
Jean Howell Nora Hampton
Jacqueline Jacobs Graduation Guest
Walter Maslow Henry Hampton
Duncan McLeod Man in Driveway
James Oliver Van Customizer
Steven Oliver Dugan Hicks
Elizabeth Rogers Mrs. Eastman
Howard Dayton Friendly
Richard Karie Jaguar Owner
Lilyan McBride Bertha
Bill Adler Steve
Marcie Barkin Sue
Danny DeVito Andy
Jim Kester Tom
Harry Moses Jack Crandall

Technical Credits
Sam Grossman Director
Pierre Jalbert Director,Editor
Eddy Donno Stunts
Steve Eaton Score Composer
Irv Goodnoff Cinematographer
Paul Lewis Producer
Michael Lloyd Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert J. Rosenthal Screenwriter
Russell Schwartz Art Director
Fabien Tordfmann Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [7:52]
2. Chapter 2 [5:47]
3. Chapter 3 [8:38]
4. Chapter 4 [7:58]
5. Chapter 5 [9:19]
6. Chapter 6 [5:43]
7. Chapter 7 [10:37]
8. Chapter 8 [11:01]
9. Chapter 9 [6:04]
10. Chapter 10 [4:40]
11. Chapter 11 [6:06]
12. Chapter 12 [4:59]

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