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Circle the Wagen (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 29 July 2014 (USA)
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Circle The Wagen is a feature-length buddy/road-trip/docu-dramedy that follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive ne'er-do-well, and his convivial co-pilot Charlie on their ... See full summary »


Ryan Steven Green


Ryan Steven Green, Charlie Pecoraro (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Dave Torstenson Dave Torstenson ... Self / Animated Self
Charlie Pecoraro Charlie Pecoraro ... Self / Animated Self
Pete Sottnik Pete Sottnik ... Self
Greg Triebel Greg Triebel ... Self
Rich Kimball Rich Kimball ... Self
Charlie Hamil Charlie Hamil ... Self
Everett Barnes Everett Barnes ... Self
Jeremy Graham Jeremy Graham ... Animated Bicyclist
Bill Kinder Bill Kinder ... Self
Andrew Ross Wynn Andrew Ross Wynn ... (voice)
Robb Wolford ... Animated Mechanic
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David A. Bramlett David A. Bramlett ... Self
Luke Hadsall Luke Hadsall ... Self
Michael Harland Michael Harland ... Animated Croc Seller
Michael Hathaway Michael Hathaway ... Self


Circle The Wagen is a feature-length buddy/road-trip/docu-dramedy that follows Dave, an idealistic adventurer and automotive ne'er-do-well, and his convivial co-pilot Charlie on their journey down Route 66 in a baby blue 1972 VW bus. Through mishaps and murals, gasoline baths and breakdowns the two discover a teeming underground of vintage VW diehards willing to help save "The Croc" from the scrap heap and rally her beleaguered owner on to California. Written by Ryan Steven Green and Charlie Pecoraro

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A buddy/road-trip/docu-dramedy




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"The Croc" - or rather "Crocodile Rockford Jobs," which is the full name of Dave's baby blue 1972 Volkswagen Transporter Deluxe - was so named as a result of two disparate factors. First, at the time of winning the fateful eBay bid, Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" was playing on Dave's stereo. The final word, 'Jobs,' is a reference to the legend that Steve Jobs purportedly sold his Volkswagen bus to finance the first Apple computer. Conversely Dave, at the time of winning the Croc on eBay, was selling Apple computers at New York's 5th Ave. store to finance his first Volkswagen bus. See more »


Charlie Hamil: From the guy living in his car, to the millionaire: everybody has a VW experience.
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Too good to be a documentary!
21 June 2013 | by onetofixitSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the World Premier of Circle the Wagen at the Route 66 Film Festival. Our classic Camper Bus was part of the impressive line of classic VWs on Central (historic Route 66) in front of the Guild Cinema theater.

Documentaries usually don't entertain me but this film is a refreshing departure from what I expect out of a documentary. Ryan Green did an excellent job taking the viewer along the ups and downs Dave and Charlie lived with the Croc. Being a long time classic VW enthusiast (and therefore also a homegrown mechanic) I wanted to jump into the film to help fix the Croc! Fellow enthusiasts did jump in and fill the need.

My word for this film is "inspirational". I left the theater wanting to revisit and complete every undone project I've ever started. To think they almost didn't complete this film! I'm so glad they did!

How did they get to LA? You'll have to watch it to find out. I will say it wasn't easy but if it were, where would the adventure be?

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29 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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