Corvette Summer 1978 PG CC

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Mark Hamill ("Star Wars") heads towards Vegas in pursuit of a stolen Corvette he built. He's helped along the way by a sympathetic runaway, portrayed by Annie Potts ("Designing Women").

Starring:
Mark Hamill, Annie Potts
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes

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Corvette Summer

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Product Details

Genres Adventure, Comedy
Director Matthew Robbins
Starring Mark Hamill, Annie Potts
Supporting actors Eugene Roche, William Bryant, Richard McKenzie, Kim Milford, Philip Bruns, Danny Bonaduce, Albert Insinnia, Jane A. Johnston, Stanley Kamel, Clifford A. Pellow, Jason Ronard, Brion James, Morgan Upton, Jonathan Terry, Isaac Ruiz, Dick Miller, William Pierson, Richard Altman
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.
Tom Servo
A lot of the other actors go on and make alot of other movies as well, you will pick them out while you watch.
Go Huskers!
Great movie, fun, easy to get lost in, very original plot, story is engaging, comedy is fresh.
C. J. Elder

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gary Wadleigh on August 8, 2005
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I saw this at the drive-in when it came out. It's an easy movie to get totally lost in.

When I first saw it I completely empathized with Mark Hamill's character "Kenny" when his car / catharsis was stolen. The moment in the film when he first realizes he is looking at his stolen car at the car wash, the moment when the music inserts just enough of an orchestrated punctuation mark...that's magic. I am always very aware that I can't avoid a tremendous smile during that moment every time I watch this movie, just as I did when I first saw it.

I couldn't envision another actor in this film and have it work on the same level with the same impact as Mark Hamill. He always had a very likeable, sincere and positive energy throughout this film and wore his ideals with pride. A performance that leaves many of today's leading men looking like arrogant posers.

Many aspects of the 70's are encapsulated here as well, only sweetening a fantastic experience.

This is an underappreciated film with tremendous undertones: rise above your station, follow your values, never give up, fight for what you believe in and damn the torpedoes!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Loria VINE VOICE on July 25, 2005
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Yeah, that's right, I'll admit it: I've been waiting for this one to be released on DVD. Is that so wrong? Back in '78, this was Mark Hamill's first post-Star Wars project; we were excited to see "Luke Skywalker" again; even if he wasn't Luke here. We were also excited because Corvette Summer boasted one of the coolest custom 'vettes we'd ever seen, not to mention Annie Potts as a "working girl" This is a nice time capsule of the late 70's, I would recommend to anyone who grew up in that decade, Star Wars fans in particular.

Nostalgia aside this isn't a bad comic chase as Hamill ("Kenny" here) searches for his custom car, made by his own 2 hands, neither of which is robotic at this point, aided and hindered by Potts, as the love-right-in-front-of-his-eyes interest. Hamill's youthful overacting is a pleasure to watch in itself.

This film has aged well and has some really funny moments, like Hamill hitchhiking encounter with a lowrider fleet creeping to Vegas. Hamill and Potts are really in their prime here, Hamill maybe too much so, he was in an auto-accident following production which dramatically changed the looks preserved in "Summer." Take a look at "The Empire Strikes Back" and compare.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By POP-ROCK on August 7, 2006
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This is one of those great summer movies that you see as a kid and sticks with you all of your life. It's a very fun movie to watch that flows great, the movie really has stood the test of time but looking at the Corvette with today's standards the car looks really Cheesy, funny how it looked like the coolest thing when I was a kid but not anymore.

Great Movie though
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Critic on December 16, 2006
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What would you do if something you put all your time and hard work into was suddenly gone? For Ken Dantley played by (Mark Hamill) he's about to do everything he possibly can to find his beloved Corvette.

It's not just a car! The DVD release of "Corvette Summer" has finally replaced my old worn out VHS copy taped from television. Kudos' to Warner Home Video for finally releasing this classic 70's car movie on DVD. It's a barebones release as far as DVD's go, but I'll take it just the way it is. The video transfer is really nice and the sound is really good. It's too bad the sound wasn't remastered in 5.1 Dolby Digital given its awesome soundtrack.

No matter how many times I see this movie, I still find it very entertaining and fun to watch. The story is ok and the interaction between Mark Hamill and Annie Potts characters is always hilarious no matter how many times I see it. I have to admit; watching Annie Potts play the part of a skinny wannabe hooker is completely outrageous and pretty hilarious. In the end this movie is really all about the car and what a car it is!

DVD Features:
Play Movie
Scene Selections
Theatrical Trailer
Languages: English & French
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish (Feature Film Only)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David W. George on February 23, 2005
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Well, I bought the DVD from Amazon (Thank You), and I realized I had forgotten a lot about this movie, which I hadn't seen in close to twenty years. Believe it or not, Mark Hamill is quite good as Kenny Dantley, a high school senior who rebuilds a junk Corvette in his auto-shop class, falls in love with it, and then loses it when it is stolen by the bad guys. Hamill actually conveys more emotion in this movie than "Star Wars", the film which made him famous. Annie Potts, best known for her TV work on "Designing Women",is Vanessa, the hooker Kenny meets in Las Vegas while searching for the stolen Corvette. They have a pleasant, believable chemistry between them. Of course, the Corvette is the real star of the show, though it looks a lot more modified than I'd remembered; so much in fact, the front end of the vehicle doesn't really look like a Corvette. This movie was rated PG when it was released in 1978, but if it were released today, it would probably carry a PG-13 thanks to a brief topless scene by Potts (I'm not complaining).

The DVD itself is no-frills, though it is in widescreen format and does include the trailer, which is in surprisingly good condition. The picture quality, in my opinion, is not bad, given the movie is from 1978 and probably not high on the film-restoration list at the studio. Some nighttime scenes are murky, but there are some daytime scenes which are remarkably crisp. The sound is good, particularly if you have a home theater system. The DVD is distributed by Warner Bros., though MGM was the studio that released the film to theaters.

"Corvette Summer" is a nice little movie that would probably never be made today. If you remember this movie from your childhood, re-visit it. For the price, it's well worth the money.
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