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Drive-In

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This slice-of-life comedy both documents and satirizes small town life in a rural Texas town where the only entertainment in the day is the roller rink and at night the local drive-in. Hosting a cross-section of the town's population, the drive-in comes to life at night - parents show up with their kids in tow, teenage paramours arrive with their dates, and the local gangs fuel their rivalry - under the gigantic screen and at the snack bar. The film playing is a '70s staple: the disaster movie. Tension builds on the screen and also among the patrons. Director Rod Amateau, producer/director of legendary television series "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" and "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," is no stranger to comedy, and this off-beat, little-known film (with a lesser-known cast) is a hilarious flashback to the seventies. Newly remastered.

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  • Actors: Lisa Lemole, Glenn Morshower, Gary Lee Cavagnaro
  • Directors: Rod Amateau
  • Producers: Tamara Asseyev, Alex Rose
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Q0JIFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Airhart VINE VOICE on August 12, 2000
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I saw "Drive-In" at a real drive-in in 1976 -- and then I watched it on HBO countless times afterward.
The main characters of "Drive-In" were forgettable, but I'll NEVER forget "Disaster '76," the "movie" that's showing at the drive-in that's the subject of "Drive-In."
"Disaster '76" was a parody of every Seventies disaster movie from Jaws to Airport '75 to The Towering Inferno and more. "Campy" was an understatement.
If you're old enough to have suffered through Seventies disaster flicks (and maybe even if you're younger), you'll chuckle at the tacky special effects and deliberately bad scripting of "Disaster '76." I wouldn't be surprised if the writers of "Airplane!" (1980) found some inspiration in this earlier flick.
"Drive-In" is, in essence, a movie-within-a-movie, shown in the Seventies at a drive-in-within-a-drive-in.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P A Meachen on April 12, 2000
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When I saw this film it was the support for Blazing Saddles. Despite its poor reviews it went down far better with the entire audience that night than the main feature did. I consider it the funniest film I've ever seen.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on November 10, 2005
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In the mid-1970's the Texas Film Commission provided considerable assistance to local filmmakers in an effort to grow the in-state film industry. One benefit of this was a little film appropriately titled "Drive-In"; a feature about drive-in movies meant to be shown at drive-ins. Although set in a small town outside Dallas, it could be Anywhere, USA; or at least any place where teen entertainment is centered around a town's roller skating rink and the drive-in theater.

If "Drive-In" was nothing more than a loving look at drive-ins and a time-capsule of the mid-70's it would be a treat, but this film is actually very well made. I originally saw it at a drive in Orange County, CA a few months after moving there from Texas. Although most of America's drive-ins have vanished, the entertainment aspect of this film has held up very well.

Don't go looking for a lot of familiar faces in the cast, part of the film commission's mission was to utilize local talent so you will see a lot of Texas folks getting their first and last screen credits. You might recognize Engelberg (Gary Cavagnaro), the fat catcher from "The Bad News Bears"; and character actor Glenn Morshower but the rest of the cast are folks like Michelle Franks, a local beauty who just acts natural.

The main story involves the efforts of the town's hottest girl (Glowie played by Lisa LeMole) to convince nice but very shy Orville (Morshower) that she is sincerely interested in him. But the film is loaded with side stories that weave into and around the main story. These include two wimpy teen gangs, The Widow Makers and The Gear Grinders who have a mild fight witnessed by a couple of outlaw bikers who comment: "Gang violence, its frightening".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Astroboi on August 27, 2012
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Long awaited release of a cult favorite. And it IS 1.85 ratio, not 1.33. However the "made-on-order" dvd doesn't play on every drive. It pixelated horribly on my computer using a drive that has played everything I've thrown at it in the past. It did (fortunatly) play in a stand-alone player. Color is so-so, somewhat washed out. Almost 2 minutes of unskippable warnings and threats, no menu, no trailer. I'm glad I've got it but it would have been nice to have better compatibility. I thought the days of "will it play on my rig?" were over. But then again, Sony made it. And memories of rootkits and dirty tricks begin to return.

Pros: It's all that's out there.

Cons: Poorly manufactured disc, no menu, no extras, can't skip clutter at the beginning.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Don on January 22, 2003
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Many years ago my girl and I saw "Drive-In" and have been looking for it ever since. In a small western town, the locals social life is wrapped around the nightly showing at the drive-in.
The numerous sub plots build like a classical farce to an inter-twined climax. Watch for the bumbling guys who plan to rob tonights receipts, the nice kid who rescues the girl, the cowboy planning to propose at tonights movie until ... Cute girls, clean fun, the ridiculous on screen disaster movie comprising the nightly feature, the memorable moment when the drive-in manager finds the punks about to burn their enemy's car. Gather a few friends, get some popcorn and join the locals at the drive-in. I highly recommend it for easy fun that brings back the memories of what the drive-in was all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John W. Fuhrman on July 2, 2012
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This movie was made in 1976 on a micro budget that was augmented slightly by the Texas film commission. Although the plot is implausible, the over-the-top way it was performed made it very memorable and a treat to watch. What is amazing about this film is that there were virtually no recognizable actors among the cast. Almost all of the cast were comprised of people from Terrell, Texas, where the film was shot, and the surrounding area.

Despite the lack of professional talent among the cast members, the funny home-spun style of the plot and the excellent directing made this a surprise gem when it was released later in 1976. The film was picked up by HBO and played multiple times on that network during the summer of 1977 where it was an instant success with its national audience. This was no small accomplishment as HBO had, even back then, many prospective films to choose from for its summer line up.

Those who grew up during the 1970s or early 80s will appreciate Drive In the most. It was a time when we were still living in the shadow of Viet Nam and Watergate. This film was comedic respite involving the lives of young people in small town America during this period. Those who lived through the era will remember fondly the days of the local roller skating rink and drive in theater in their home towns.

Yet, no matter who you are, you just can't help but love this movie. The film reflects a much simpler time in America when the after shocks of America's 1960's cultural revolution had still not made their way to small town America.

Even some young people today still might find it interesting to see what life was like for those of us who lived our youth without the internet, faxes, cell phones, HD TV, gang bangers or drive-by shootings.
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