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Up in Smoke (1978)

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

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Cast

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Harold Fong ...
Chauffeur
Richard Novo ...
Richard
Jane Moder ...
Pam Bille ...
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Marian Beeler ...
Judge Gladys Dykes
Donald Hotton ...
Bailiff
John Ian Jacobs ...
Prosecuting Attorney (as Jon Ian Jacobs)
Christopher Joy ...
Curtis (as Christipher Joy)
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The Band: Bass - James
Michael Caldwell ...
The Band: Guitar - Duane
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Storyline

Cheech and Chong meet up by chance on the highway somewhere in California. They go in search of some dope and are accidentally deported to Mexico where in their desperation to get home they agree to drive a van back to the States so they can get back in time for a gig they are due to play. Unaware of the properties from which the van is constructed they make their way back having aquired a couple of female hitch-hikers whilst all the time avoiding the cops whom they are not even aware are following them. Written by Garry 'Gadget' Myles <garry.myles@mercury.co.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

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Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheech and Chong's Greatest Hits  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,364,244
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stacy Keach reprized his role of police Sergeant Stedenko from Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke (1978) for the second and final time in a Cheech and Chong film in their later movie Nice Dreams (1981) which was first released about three years later. See more »

Goofs

When Cheech and Chong are crossing the street in Mexico, someone in a passing bus flashes a peace sign at the camera. See more »

Quotes

Toyota Kawasaki: This is Toyota Kawasaki here at the Mexican-United States border.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are in the style of spray-painted graffiti, super-imposed over Pedro's low-rider. See more »

Connections

Followed by Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Fight
New Music by Danny Kortchmar and Waddy Wachtel
Lyrics by Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong
[song title uncredited]
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Stoner Comedy Classic
4 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest "stoner comedy" classics of all time. I rated this movie a 10 because it's current rating of 6.4 is an injustice to the comic genius duo that created it. It has it's weak moments but the overall strengths have influenced everything from "Dumb and Dumber" to "Half Baked" to "Harold & Kumar" ad infinitum. Cheech and Chong put their strongest stand up material on film and created a masterpiece of counter-culture satire that has yet to be surpassed. If you've never smoked weed, this movie probably isn't for you, though you still might find it humorous. This is a film for anyone who's been there and done that. It encapsulates a moment in modern Americana where drugs offer freedom and punk rock is the only redemption for alienated youths. These points are driven home with Abbot and Costello style absurdity and slapstick shenanigans as well as some very witty and inventive dialogue. I highly recommend this movie to anyone seeking drug related humor or a look into the mindset of young people in the late 70s.


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