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Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo [1977]

Director:Vincent McEveety
Writer:Arthur Alsberg
Don Nelson
Composer:Frank De Vol
Length:105 minutes
(1 hour 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:5.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:67%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Race car driver, Jim Douglas goes to Monte Carlo to enter his car, Herbie, in the Monte Carlo rally. When they get there, Herbie falls for another driver's car and Jim falls for the driver Diane, who thinks he's weird. But what they don't know is that a pair of thieves who stole a very valuable diamond, hid it in Herbie's gas tank. And the thieves try to get it back.

Reaction: A bit of a step up from the previous movie. Doesn't get quite as ridiculous though it's still about a living car. At least the story is less about convincing the main character that Herbie is alive and they just tell a story that happens to have a living car in it.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Vincent McEveety => Director
Arthur Alsberg => Writer
Don Nelson => Writer
Frank De Vol => Composer
Alan Caillou => Emile
Bernard Fox => Max
Dean Jones => Jim Douglas
Don Knotts => Wheely Applegate
Edward Marcus => Exhibit M.C. (as Ed Marcus)
Eric Braeden => Bruno Von Stickle
François Lalande => Monsieur Ribeaux
Gérard Jugnot => Waiter
Herbie The Love Bug => Itself (uncredited)
Jacques Marin => Inspector Bouchet
Jean-Marie Proslier => Doorman
Johnny Haymer => Race Official
Julie Sommars => Diane Darcy
Laurie Main => Duval
Mike Kulcsar => Claude
Raoul Delfosse => Police Captain
Roy Kinnear => Quincey
Stanley Brock => Taxi Driver
Tom McCorrey => Showroom M.C. (as Tom McCorry)
Xavier Saint-Macary => Detective Fontenoy (as Xavier Saint Macary)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The lake Herbie drives through is the same lake Herbie skipped on top of in The Love Bug.
  • Jacques Marin, Xavier Saint-Macary, François Lalande and Gérard Jugnot dubbed themselves for the French version of the film.
  • At the time of the movie release, Baskin and Robbins did a promotional ice cream flavor tie in called "Monte Carlo Crunch".
  • The gas cap used in the film was fake. As every Herbie fan knows, Herbie The Love Bug's gas tank is under the hood, (as revealed plenty of times in the original movie). The fake gas tank was added so that the gem thieves could easily stash the diamond inside Herbie, without looking conspicuous. The tank was removed in the remaining sequels.
  • The car that Herbie falls in love with is a 1977 Lancia Montecarlo.
  • 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.