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Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Don Tait, Gordon Buford (characters creator)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cloris Leachman ... Aunt Louise
Charles Martin Smith ... D.J.
John Vernon ... Prindle
Stephen W. Burns Stephen W. Burns ... Pete (as Stephan W. Burns)
Elyssa Davalos ... Melissa
Joaquin Garay III ... Paco
Harvey Korman ... Captain Blythe
Richard Jaeckel ... Shepard
Alex Rocco ... Quinn
Fritz Feld ... Chief Steward
Vito Scotti ... Armando Moccia
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ... Garage Owner (as Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Store Owner
Tina Menard ... Store Owner's Wife
Jorge Moreno ... Bus Driver
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Storyline

Pete Stancheck inherits from his Uncle Jim Douglas a race car being stored in Puerto Vallarta. With his friend Davy Johns (D.J. to his friends) accompanying him to P.V., Pete is dismayed to learn that the car is an older model Volkswagen Beetle. But when Pete and D.J. see what the car can do and learn that it somewhat has a mind of its own, they decide to enter it into the Brazil Grand Primeo formula one race. En route to Rio de Janeiro, Herbie, the car, gets Pete and D.J. into one predicament after another as it tries to help its new friend, a streetwise orphan named Paco, who Pete and D.J. encountered in P.V. and who stowed away in Herbie's trunk. Because of these predicaments, Pete and D.J. end up requiring a quick influx of cash and slyly enlist the help of wealthy Louise Trent and her bookish niece, anthropology doctoral candidate Melissa, to be their financiers. Pete's role in the scheme is to woo the shy Melissa, about which he feels guilty. But initially unknown to all of them... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Ole! It's south of the border disorder when.... [UK Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cupido motorizado rumbo a Río See more »

Filming Locations:

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The rust seen on the car was actually not real rust, it was made using paint, all the rust are painted on the car to give the car a Rusty look. If you look closely, then you will see that all the rust are in same style. See more »

Goofs

Though the ship scenes are supposedly set on the Sun Princess, at least three different ships' exteriors are shown during the course of the movie. Herbie is shown being loaded on to the actual Sun Princess in the beginning, but later, aerial shots of the ship are actually of the Island or Pacific Princess (aka The Love Boat), which, whilst still a Princess ship, has a differently-shaped funnel. When Herbie is dispatched into the drink, the scene is set on an entirely different ship all together; you can see two orange funnels in the background, when in fact the Sun Princess has only one aft funnel with Princess' trademark Seawitch on it. See more »

Quotes

Captain Blythe: Now How did you want to handle that?
D.J.: You mean pay for it?
Captain Blythe: Or did you plan to, uh, reassemble the stemware yourself?
Pete: It's not our responsiblity.
Captain Blythe: I'm your captain, judge and jury. I'll decide what's your responsiblity!
Chief Steward: Captain.
Captain Blythe: Hmm. The, uh, the cargo manifest states unequivocally that you, Peter Stancheck, are the sole owner of the car. You are the consignor and the consignee. Your car did the damage, ergo...
D.J.: Yeah, but Peter wasn't driving...
Captain Blythe: Start! I, uh, I have been advised by our public ...
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Alternate Versions

German DVD version was cut by ca. 1,5 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Finding Dory (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I Found a New Friend
by Frank De Vol
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Disappointing
29 July 2003 | by theninjaSee all my reviews

I love Herbie - it's hard not to. However I can recognise how the four movies gradually get worse. This was the worst one. Now I'm not saying it was terrible, and I don't agree with a comment above that says "make the kids watch something else", but it was a disappointing effort.

The Love Bug is by far the best, closely followed by Herbie Rides Again. Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo is OK, but Bananas is not very good at all. If you're not a fan of Herbie movies, you won't like this.

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