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The Love Bug (1968)

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:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Trivia

According to the filmmakers in the DVD documentary, Herbie's number 53 came from a Disney director or producer, that liked retired baseball pitching star, Don Drysdale of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 53 was Don Drysdale's uniform number. See more »

Goofs

Jim tries to make Herbie stop by shutting off the ignition, but it's stuck; the ignition key is already in the off position. 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 Rémy Julienne: 50 ans de cascades (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Fledermaus
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
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Great fun and by far the best in the series
9 December 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Love Bug. It is such good fun, and I do agree that it is by far and away the best movie of the series. The story is simple but well structured and interesting and the dialogue has its fair share of very funny and somewhat poignant moments. The photography is nice to look at, the direction is on target, the pacing is snappy and the soundtrack is lovely. The entire cast from Buddy Hackett, Dean Jones, Joe Flynn and Michelle Lee is very strong, but at the end of the day Herbie is the one who steals the show, quite cute and endearing for a car Herbie is. All in all, while not the best of the live-action Disney movies being a touch too long, it is thoroughly enjoyable and I can see completely why people love it. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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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:

$51,264,022
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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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