Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke

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Director: Lou Adler, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacy Keach

Cast: Lou Adler, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacy Keach

     
 

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Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Lou Adler and star Cheech

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Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by director Lou Adler and star Cheech Marin, deleted scenes with optional commentary, and theatrical trailers. This is a great disc from Paramount, who deserves credit for lavishing such attention on this cult comedy.Then professional potheads Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong teamed up for Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke, which features the drug-addled duo on a road trip throughout California; that is to say, a road-trip they hope will culminate in finding some quality weed. Instead, a series of mishaps result in their respective deportations to Mexico. Desperate to get back to the states so they can perform in their band's gig later that night, Cheech and Chong unwittingly agree to drive a very unique car across the border -- rather than steel and various metal bits, the vehicle is constructed entirely out of marijuana. Back in the States and accompanied by two extraordinarily out-of-it female hitchhikers, the stoned group meanders about in an attempt to get their musical performance together, and narrowly escapes from local law enforcement agencies on numerous occasions despite their complete inability to realize they were being tailed to begin with. The incredibly low-budget movie surprised critics, grossed millions, spawned a series of lesser follow-up films, and cemented Cheech & Chong's cult-status among potheads across the globe. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you have fond memories of tie-dyed shirts, lava lamps, black lights, and heavy metal rock, you'll probably love Up in Smoke, the raucous, irreverent feature-film debut of '70s standup comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Having attained stardom via bestselling record albums and sold-out concert dates, these clever comics adapted easily to the motion-picture medium, leaving Tinseltown pundits confounded by the amazing box-office performance of this modestly produced, nearly plotless marijuana-laden mélange. Smoke follows the drug-addled duo -- wealthy hipster Chong and barrio boy Marin -- as they head for Tijuana in search of the perfect pot stash. Hot on their trail is fearsome narcotics detective Stacy Keach, whose incompetent deputies bungle the pursuit at every turn. Wisely, director Lou Adler never tries to restrain his shaggy-haired stars, whose cheerfully anarchic attitudes and anti-authoritarian antics are at times reminiscent of the Marx Brothers. Tom Skerritt, Edie Adams, and Strother Martin contribute to the general hilarity, but Smoke rises solely on the undeniable likability of its two stars, who resort unashamedly to witless profanity, toilet humor, and crude slapstick in their mostly successful attempts to provoke laughter.
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Pot movies in general are usually tedious, insular affairs which are not particularly funny outside their target audience (namely, high people). This one is a hilarious exception, taking many of the best-known routines involving Pedro De Pacas (Richard "Cheech" Marin) and Man (Thomas Chong) and building them into a loosely knit episodic comedy that's a joy to watch. Much of Cheech and Chong's humor is based on improvisation, so there are dull patches, but far fewer than in their later films. There are also unforgettable supporting characters like the officious Sgt. Stedenko (Stacy Keach), who ends up getting accidentally stoned and proclaiming "I'm the munchies," and June Fairchild as a woman so drug-addled that she greedily snorts Ajax, thinking it to be cocaine. It starts to come unraveled at the end, when the boys enter a punk rock band contest, but it is generally a hilarious, free-spirited antidote to conservative times. And as far as sending a bad message, it could be argued that anyone who looks at the Pedro and Man characters as life role-models probably doesn't need chemical help to be a loser.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
UPC:
0097360896640
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Feature-length commentary with Cheech Marin and director Lou Adler; Deleted scenes with commentary; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; restored English mono; English subtitles; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cheech Marin Pedro
Tommy Chong Man Stoner
Stacy Keach Sgt. Stedenko
Edie Adams Mrs. Stoner
Tom Skerritt Strawberry
Zane Buzby Jade East
Strother Martin Mr. Stoner
Anne Wharton Debbie
Louisa Moritz Officer Gloria
June Fairchild Ajax Sniffer
Val Avery Upholstery Factory Boss
Rick Beckner Murphy
Rodney Bingenheimer Himself
Berlin Brats Actor
Michael Caldwell Duane
Dills Actor
Angelina Estrada Aunt Bolita
Harold Fong Chauffeur
Ernie Fuentes Upholstery Shop Foreman
Ruben Guevara Tom
Donald Hotton Bailiff
Jon Ian Jacobs Prosecuting Attorney
Karl Johnson Clyde
Christopher Joy Curtis
Benny Marino Benny
Betty McGuire Sister Mary Quacker
Arthur Roberts Arresting Officer
Cheryl Smith Laughing Lady
Ray Vitte James
Mills Watson Harry
Whores Actor
Jose Pulido Juan
Gary Mule Deer Freak with Basketball
Marcia Wolf Sister Mary Vogue

Technical Credits
Lou Adler Director,Producer
Tommy Chong Screenwriter
Scott Conrad Editor
Wes Dawn Makeup
Leon Ericksen Art Director
Dennis M. Hill Editor
Lou Lombardo Editor,Producer
Cheech Marin Screenwriter
Ernest Misko Costumes/Costume Designer
Pat Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Moder Asst. Director
Gene Polito Cinematographer
Jack Willoughby Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Low Rider [:18]
2. Is That A Joint Man? [5:59]
3. Pulled Over/Framed [7:51]
4. Searching For A Lid [2:23]
5. It's A Bust [5:09]
6. Smuggling A Van [1:02]
7. Pot Pursuit [6:05]
8. Police Dispatch [:45]
9. Rock Fight [7:49]
10. "Alice Bowie" [1:27]
11. Up In Smoke-Credits [6:03]

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Up in Smoke 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This Movie is THE most SCHNITZELICIOUS movie EVER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful movie! Cheech and Chong are at the peak of hilarity. If you want a good comedy buy this one. I love it. In this, their first film, Cheech and Chong meet up and become good friends. But for Cheech and Chong their is one problem..... they are out of weed. In search of drugs, Cheech and Chong get in major trouble with cops and end up driving a van made entirely of weed! Somehow, they manage to escape when the cops are parked right beside them. Cheech and Chong wreak havoc in a police station by using the police station radio. That's not all Cheech and Chong do much, much more. Buy it and you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is Cheech & Chong at their best. However, you must pay close, close attenion or else you'll lose track of what's going on. Pretty much its just about these two rockers who just want to get high but have to keep focused on starting a rock band. They keep getting destracted by things like wanting to get high, getting deported, and two female hitchhikers they met up with just by chance. In the process they also get mixed up in the biggest drug bust in history, not on purpose, just in case you're wondering. All though if it were on purpose, it probably wouldn't be as funny, so I'm giving it four stars.