Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke

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Director: Lou Adler

Cast: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Stacy Keach

     
 

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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 theSee more details below

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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

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Editorial Reviews

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:
09/04/2007
UPC:
0097361223247
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:25:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Cheech Martin & director Lou Adler; Roach Clips (deleted scenes) with optional commentary; Lighting up: A look back at Up in Smoke; "Earache My Eye" featuring Alice Bowie: animated music video; Cheech & Chong's "The Man Song"; 2 vintage radio spots; Theatrical trailer

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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Up in Smoke
1. Low Rider
2. Is That a Joint Man?
3. Pulled Over / Framed
4. Searching for a Lid
5. It's a Bust
6. Smuggling a Van
7. Pot Pursuit
8. Police Dispatch
9. Rock Fight
10. "Alice Bowie"
11. Up in Smoke - Credits

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