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Herbie Goes Bananas [1980]

Director:Vincent McEveety
Writer:Don Tait
Composer:Frank De Vol
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:4.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:40%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.

Reaction: A bit of a digression from the living car story. You start to lose a bit of interest when Herbie is not on the screen. But overall, it's okay.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Vincent McEveety => Director
Don Tait => Writer
Frank De Vol => Composer
Alex Rocco => Quinn
Ceil Cabot => Mrs. Purkiss
Charles Martin Smith => D.J.
Cloris Leachman => Aunt Louise
Dante D'Andre => Dr. De Moraes
Elyssa Davalos => Melissa
Fritz Feld => Chief Steward
Harvey Korman => Captain Blythe
Herbie The Love Bug => Itself (uncredited)
Joaquin Garay III => Paco
John Vernon => Prindle
Jorge Moreno => Bus Driver
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales => Garage Owner (as Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Richard Jaeckel => Shepard
Ruben Moreno => Store Owner
Stephen W. Burns => Pete (as Stephan W. Burns)
Tina Menard => Store Owner's Wife
Vito Scotti => Armando Moccia

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The only classic Herbie film to not be shot at the Golden Oak Ranch.
  • Last screen appearance of Iris Adrian.
  • In the sequence where Herbie "walks the plank", a real Volkswagen Beetle was cast out into the sea. It was never recovered.
  • Herbie The Love Bug was a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle deluxe ragtop sedan painted in Volkswagen L87 pearl white. Under normal circumstances, the interior would be a matching white. However, Herbie's interior was painted a special non-reflective grey color so the camera and studio lights would not reflect.
  • Herbie's name is mentioned only once in the film. This occurs when Pete first picks up Herbie at the beginning. The owner of the car lot tells Pete a story about Jim Douglas and says, "Herbie, he see it, he stop." For the rest of the movie, the car is called Ocho.
  • A total of 26 Volkswagen Beetles played the part of Herbie in this film due to the enormous number of stunts.