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Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams (1981)

Cheech Marin , Tommy Chong , Tommy Chong  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Benita Barrie, Sandra Bernhard, Big Yank
  • Directors: Tommy Chong
  • Writers: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ45CE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,387 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams" on IMDb

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  • Viewable in both 1.33:1 full screen aspect ratio, and 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen

Editorial Reviews

The 1981 stoner comedy Cheech and Chong's Nice Dreams is the third of Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin's movies together, a meanderingly silly but agreeable farce about two clods selling marijuana treats from the back of an ice cream truck. Oblivious to an investigation by a couple of idiot cops whose boss (Stacy Keach) is constantly high from smoking evidence, the boys stumble through one crazy vignette after another. A few of these scenes feel like satiric spins on bad experiences Cheech and Chong might have had in the recording business, such as an evening spent with an obnoxious band manager who mistakes Tommy for Jerry Garcia and steals the Chinese food right off his restaurant table. Other craziness includes a night of sexual bliss interrupted by the arrival of a party girl's "Mexican-hating" biker-boyfriend, and incarceration in a padded room, where Timothy Leary supplies psychedelics to the clueless anti-heroes. Paul Reubens, Sandra Bernhard, and Linnea Quigley turn up in supporting roles. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

NICE DREAMS - it rhymes with ice creams. And that's what Cheech and Chong are selling in this thoroughly wacky comedy. The outrageous, permanently spaced-out duo sells enough of their "specially mixed" ice cream to take the cash and realize their fondest dreams: new guitars, islands in the sun and beautiful women. But, of course, not everything goes as planned. While celebrating their wealth in anew wave Chinese restaurant, Cheech meets his long-lost love Donna (Evelyn Guerrero), and promptly escorts her to her posh penthouse. He soon learns, however, that Donna's boyfriend, an ex-con named Animal (Michael Masters), is on his way to her boudoir. Meanwhile, Chong has unwittingly exchanged all their money for a worthless bank check - and the only way to get it back is to escape into a nearby insane asylum.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Now, Noodles! October 9, 2004
Cheech and Chong look like they had a lot of fun filming "Nice Dreams" with their comedic friends. I've seen it at least ten times and I still find something I missed during previous viewings. I always laugh when I see the redheaded Chicken Man, or Cheech scooting around a padded cell in a straight jacket asking for someone to relieve an itch, and especially Michael Winslow's Jimi Hendrix routine. Don't expect a real plot and you won't be disappointed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Movie June 29, 2001
Why this C&C film is always rated as the "2nd or 3rd best C&C movie" by most reviewing it is beyond me! It is a must-own if you are a fan of C&C (the big "3" any ways), and could possibly be their finest.
The "Hamburger Man," "Big Sticks ice cream treats," "Save the Whales," Stacey Keach, Paul Reubens, and more pot than you can shake a stick at make this one an empitamizing Cheech and Chong adventure, for anyone with a good sense of humor.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey Columbia, Where's the %$&$#!! features?!? June 22, 2001
I'm giving this 4 stars because I love Cheech & Chong. Nice Dreams, in my opinion, is the third best C&C movie. Up In Smoke('78) being the best followed by Next Movie('80.) "Nice Dreams" is enjoyable (I can't believe it's been 20 years since I saw it in the theatre as a teenager.) The "Save The Whales" song is great. I've always loved Tommy Chong's guitar riffs and I love it when they do these little songs in the middle of scenes. After an enjoyable start, the movie slows down a bit but picks up for a funny second half. The movie gives off a very *cool* feeling with it's "pot growing" scenes.
My beef here is with Columbia Tri-Star (come to think of it, they should change their name to *COLUMBIAN Tri-Star* for the Cheech & Chong flicks) Seriously though, my problem is that there are NO FEATURES to speak of on this DVD. I WAS pleased to see that there was a picture disc and choice of format(including anamorphic widescreen) but NOT ONE REAL FEATURE. They even dupe you on the back of the DVD by stating "bonus trailers"; implying that there are extra trailers *ALONG WITH* the NICE DREAMS trailer. NO DICE... THERE IS NO "NICE DREAMS" trailer (only two others.) What the hell is the big deal for these movie companies to give us a few features for these older movies?!? To me, features are much more important on an older movie (for nostalgia sake at least!) than on some new movie that's been promoted into the ground anyway!
Here's an idea for "NICE DREAMS" or "CHRISTINE" or "THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH" or any of the other older movies that have been given the shaft, features wise:
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More like C&C October 19, 2003
By Cory
Format:VHS Tape
Nice Dreams comes in 2nd behind Up In Smoke, in my opinion. The innocent, goofy demeanor of Cheech and Chong are better portrayed in Nice Dreams than in Next Movie. One complaint I have, is they left Sgt. Stedanko out of the main plot. I think it added alot more humor to the story when he was an uptight, though incompetent, police Sargeant in hot pursuit of Cheech and Chong along with his numbskull officers. Though brain-dead things like Chong cashing a check for the Hamburger Dude with NON NEGOTIABLE stamped across the front made it worthwhile.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would you like a Hamburger? May 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Nice Dreams might be either C & C's second or third best film. They have a movie that might seem weird in the first viewing, but it grows on you after a few viewings, each one getting funnier. And it's not just the funny sequences involving a pot garden, a lizard sergeant or mental patient animals. It's also the little things, like chats by Cheech and Chong about petty stuff that actually might make sense when you go with the flow (like the discussion on Hippie retirement homes).
But that's just an observation on the small things. Overall, Nice Dreams is a very hilarious film that has all the things you could want in a C & C movie, and while it doesn't quite match up to the brilliance of Up in Smoke, it does many cool things; one of which is bringing Pee-Wee Herman in the mix as the uproarious Hamburger dude. Love the save the whales song.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meandering fun December 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Hard to believe this came out during the Reagan administration. Here, nevertheless, is one of the last gasps of the counterculture, and if it is not as tightly plotted (if that is the right word) as the auteurs' Up In Smoke, neither is it as ploddingly episodic as Next Movie and Still Smokin', their other films of note. (Of Things Are Tough All Over and The Corsican Brothers, the less said the better.) There actually is something resembling a story here: the boys amass a fortune selling marijuana and, in the final act's surprise twist, they lose it. Along their picaresque way they encounter unlikely scenarios and people--people including, but not limited to, Paul Reubens, Sandra Bernhard and Dr. Timothy Leary.

Not all of the gags hit their target, at least to viewers who are not themselves on drugs, but the beauty of unsuccessful drug jokes is that they do not so much bomb as waft away. Director Chong is no Bergman, but he does present us with sights I do not recall seeing anywhere else: a nude Cheech clings desperately to a glass elevator's exterior; a panicked Cheech backstrokes desperately atop a subterreanean pot farm disguised as a swimming pool; an extraordinarily mellow Stacy Keach slowly turns into a lizard.

Plot elements and set-pieces aside, what stays with this reviewer are images of the comedians wandering serenely through a splendid cannabis plantation. They stroll amid the greenery and gently argue about something or other, as quiet country-rock murmurs on the soundtrack. If Cheech and Chong's prior movies were about the sleaziness of the drug scene, this one is about the sylvan beauty of marijuana farms--even if the farms are concealed somewhere in suburban Southern California. There was plenty to worry about in 1981, of course, but this film reminds us that some people were less worried than others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst
The very worst movie ever released by Colombia pictures or any one else for that matter.
No plot, no character development and nothing at all funny. This is pathetic.
Published 8 days ago by Science Minded
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny
My husband and i love Cheech and Chong they are so funny and now a days you just need a good laugh
Published 4 months ago by Evelyn J. Morales
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Dreams is a good movie
This copy was in good condition. If you like stoner movies this is a must for your collection. Over the top stoner movie
Published 6 months ago by Danie R
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
This is an awesome classic movie! and it shipped to me very quickly! I was shocked! I haven't seen this in years! If you're a fan, you should buy it! :)
Published 7 months ago by STEVEN P. PORTER Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars eh
it has some funny parts but mostly just blehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i don't know. just kind of hit and miss. o well.
Published 12 months ago by alfred itchcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheech & Chong at their best
A classic Cheech and Chong film. Just funny!! Film arrived as discribed and arrived quickly. Film is hi quality and would reccomend this to others
Published 13 months ago by Dozer
5.0 out of 5 stars weird dreams
As a lover of the double duo cheech and chong this is one of the weirdest ones in all their movies! In this one you have a cop that turns into a lizard, nuns that get arrested and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Thomas E. Hanusik
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie...
Cheech and Chong at their prime...Probably the last great Cheech & Chong movie...The films after Nice Dreams were good but not as good as the first three...
Published 14 months ago by Robert L. Toth
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
You got to be a real stiff if you don't love these old stoners. Funny Flick. Just sit back and relax man. And Enjoy.
Published 15 months ago by Kevin S
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheech and Chong.
This movie is one of my faves besides UP IN SMOKE. In this flick the boys finally get rich and think their future is set to be awesome. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark
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