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The Love Bug (1968)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Sport | 13 March 1969 (USA)
A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Jim Douglas
Michele Lee ... Carole Bennett
David Tomlinson ... Peter Thorndyke
Buddy Hackett ... Tennessee Steinmetz
Joe Flynn ... Havershaw
Benson Fong ... Tang Wu
Joe E. Ross ... Detective
Barry Kelley ... Police Sgt.
Iris Adrian ... Carhop
Andy Granatelli Andy Granatelli ... Association President
Ned Glass ... Toll Booth Attendant
Robert Foulk ... Bice
Gil Lamb ... Policeman at Park
Nicole Jaffe ... Girl In Dune-buggy
Wally Boag Wally Boag ... Flabbergasted Driver
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Storyline

Meet Jim Douglas, a down-on-his-luck race car driver who lives in an old run-down fire house in San Francisco with his friend Tennessee Steinmetz, a occasional drunk mechanic. One day, Jim goes to a luxury car dealer and sees a strange Volkswagen Beetle with a unusual problem: it tends to drive on its own, as if it were sentient. The little Bug follows Jim home but Jim believes that the owner of the car dealership, Peter Thorndyke, is playing a trick on him. Jim decides to try out the car, and experiences its magical nature, fahrvergnügen, if you will, for himself. Jim repairs the little car and Tennessee names the him "Herbie". Behind the wheel of Herbie, Jim becomes more successful in racing. Thorndyke wants Herbie back, but Jim refuses and Thorndyke decides to race against him. Thorndyke sabotages Herbie before a big race known as the "El Dorado" - an obvious parody of the then-new "Baja 1000" race in Mexico. Jim and Tennessee along with Thorndyke's former assistant (and ... Written by Andy Crews

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Taglines:

It's a Love-in for Herbie... the incredible little car who shifts for himself! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Spanish

Release Date:

13 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Car-Boy-Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuddy Valley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$51,264,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,264,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dean Jones credits the film's success to the fact that it was the last live-action film that Walt Disney had authorized for production. See more »

Goofs

There are two cars used in the Lamborghini scene. The first one in which Jim drives up is, in fact, a Lamborghini, but the car that gets destroyed by Herbie moments later, is a red Jaguar. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jim Douglas: I'd like another shot at that prize money. Okay for next Sunday?
Bice: No, Jim, it ain't okay.
Jim Douglas: Now, look, Bice, I know...
Bice: No, *you* look. All my drivers are eighteen, nineteen... You're too old for these kid sports. You're liable to get hurt in there.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the end credits, the words "The End" turn into an animated bug which drives away from the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was re-rated with a 'U' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Weeds: The Whole Blah Damn Thing (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Tik-Tak-Polka
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
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Made for the whole family
1 May 2000 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

The phrase "they don't make 'em like this any more" has become a bit of a cliche, but in this case it certainly applies.

This minor classic proves that there really was a time in which family entertainment movies were made for the whole family. The performances are excellent, especially David Tomlinson makes a gorgeous comedy villain. However, Dean Jones' play is equally recommendable, as the heroic lead is a much less rewarding role in pictures like this - while Tomlinson can just go for full throttle lovable nastiness, Jones needs to provide just the right dosages of heroism, arrogant charm, etc. to keep his character believable and flawed and likeable.


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