ight=”400″ />An interesting side of American history that is proudly displayed in movies is the role that vehicles have played… Rather they be the Porsche that Carl Kolchak (Played by: Stuart Townsend) drove in the remake of Kolchak: The Nightstalker just called, Night Stalker… or the roadster that was driven by Paul Le Mat (Aloha Bobby And Rose) in American Graffiti (1973).
With that said in the modern day it is generally accepted in society, for good reason, that it is unacceptable for a girl to get in the back of some one’s Van… But I am slowly coming to discover as I watch more and more movies from the 1970s, that the idea of a girl getting in the back of a van was more acceptable, but in some cases getting a van was to the 1970s, that getting a hot rod in the 50s and 60s was, etc…
A great example of this is the movie, The Van (1977):
Written by: Robert J. Rosenthal (Zapped!), Celia Susan Cotello (Malibu Beach) and Directed by: Sam Grossman (Item 72 -D: The Adventures Of Spa And Fon). Starring: Stuart Getz (Record City), Deborah White (The Girl In The Empty Grave), Harry Moses (Danger In Paradise), Marcie Barkin (Fernwood Tonight), Steve Oliver (The Great Gundown), Connie Hoffman (Starsky And Hutch) and Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia).
The Van tells the story of Bobby (Getz)…
Bobby is a kid that has recently gotten out of highschool. Now physically and more or less mentally Bobby is some one who you would call, (a geek) or (a nerd)… You see Bobby is a short guy with a goofy smile and tends to allow bullies to pick on him, Bobby is also some one who seems to strike out fairly regularly with the ladies… As a matter of fact from what I can tell from the movie, it seems like the only two friends that Bobby seems to have is his high school friend Jack (Moses) and his boss at the local car wash, ‘Andy’ (DeVito).
With that said though, Bobby being the horny car loving kid that he is, thinks that everything will change after he is able to take ownership of the van that he is having custom built; this includes not getting bullied around by most of the local meat heads, and becoming a babe magnet!
Now after he gets his van, everyone is impressed… He takes it by the car wash that he works at and all of the employees that work there that used to pick on him are impressed (that is until Bobby offers the employees some beers with a laxative in them…) Heck, he even starts getting some girls…
Of course as always, the old looser, horny Bobby comes out, when he is trying to score with a girl. The first two attempts to get the girls to go to his van, both of them end up laughing at him, and the second one ends up leaving after Bobby starts refusing to take no for an answer…
Everything seems to be going well for Bobby though, he’s got renewed confidence thanks to his van and is certain that his life is going to fall in to place after that… The only problem is that shortly after he meets the one girl, ‘Tina’ (White), who is the hot girl that guys won’t go out with, Bobby’s life (and his van) will end up taking a decidedly more different road then anyone expected!
With that said, what I like about this movie, and what I think makes this a kick ass AWESOME B Movie is a couple of things:
1. It does have a soundtrack that is a lot of fun (If your a fan of 70s music, which I am.)
2. There are some spectacular high speed chases and races in this movie that I never would have thought a van would be able to pull off!
3. And for such a low budget movie, which had originally had been meant primarily for the drive in theater crowd, I got to admit that this movie has a great cast, with a great story!
4. I thought that you guys might find this interesting but Steve Oliver (Dugan Hicks in this movie) reprised the same role from this movie in the movie, Malibu Beach (1978), a movie which had also been written by Celia Susan Costello and Robert J. Rosenthal.
With that said folks, if your looking for a fun, funny ride, then if you get a chance, I would recommend trying out this movie, it is a fun one!