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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! (1977)

Bill Melendez , Liam Martin , Bill Melendez  |  G |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Melendez, Liam Martin, Gail Davis
  • Directors: Bill Melendez
  • Writers: Charles M. Shulz
  • Producers: Bill Melendez, Lee Mendelson
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount Video
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300216780
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,022 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown!" on IMDb

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Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! (VHS)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the Ride and Leave the Sailing to Charlie Brown! August 29, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I think this is the best of the Charlie Brown movies. It focuses on the whole gang, not just Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Lucy leaves most of the bossing around to Peppermint Patty this time around, Marcie instigates votes to make desicions (and the boys lose their cabin headquarters, consequentially!). When Peppermint Patty complains that breakfast isn't traditional campout style, Charlie Brown silences her- "Where's the flapjacks, Chuck?" "Listen, if you don't like it, don't eat!". Schroeder insists on taking his piano onto the rapids, although Linus didn't think there'd be enough room- "Well then, if there's not enough room for my piano, maybe there isn't enough room for your blanket either!" (Linus has a change of heart after that argument!). Snoopy acts as crazy as usual, kissing all the girls goodnight, and Woodstock uses Snoopy as a mountain to ski on when it snows (in summer! )! Then there's the arrogant, nasty opponents chanting "We're #1!" (give them credit, when it comes to cheating, they are indeed #1!).
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Peanuts Movie!! November 12, 2001
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
I am the world's biggest Peanuts fan. I have plans so big I couldn't tell them. This is my favorite Peanuts movie. Charlie Brown tries to become a leader, and the annoying cheaters try to win. They even have a cat, named Brutus! In a few scenes Brutus goes after Woodstock(naturally). Lots of laughs and adventure as they go on a wild ride and into a cabin, and going across the lake. And those girls... They kept doing that crazy voting thing. They even voted on if they should take their raft off the land to continue the race! It's hilarious. Here's some dialogue I've chosen
Lucy: What kind of a place is this to be stuck in? We can't even plug our irons in!
Speaker: Campers will be up at o 500.
Franklin: What's "O 500"? Noon time?
Speaker: Race will start at 1800.
Sally: I wasn't even born in 1800!
Marice(in a sack race): Sir, I don't think I was meant to be a potato.
Snoopy is funny especially on the motorcycle, carrying Charlie Brown and him saying the classic line"Why can't I have a normal dog like everyone else?". Though the girls steal the funny lines. The whole gang takes place here in this likeable Peanuts adventure.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good times February 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Perhaps the nicest thing about this film is that Charlie Brown is finally allowed to have some victories, and isn't ragged on so much (Peppermint Patty excepted); the first two cinematic features (A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy Come Home) are SO sad and bittersweet they don't stand up to a lot of repeated viewings (unless you like feeling sad a lot). Here, it's all about fun, friends and camaraderie. The gang winds up at camp and faces off against a bunch of young toughs in a rafting race--of course, those bad kids cheat any chance they get, but the Peanuts gang comes through--with Charlie Brown as leader (thank you, Charles Schulz!)! Lots of good slapstick stuff for the kiddies--Woodstock climbs a snow-covered Snoopy and tries to turn him into a ski resort, runaway rafts, blasting accidents(!), Snoopy & Woodstock rolling around in a tire...and quieter moments that are really quite sweet, and show the author's pedigree--what other kid movie would have the kids holed up in a cabin, where they find an old victrola and waltz to "Charmaine?" I rather like the film music as well--would I watch this had I not a 4-year-old? Well, not as much, anyway, but this is really pretty good as kids' features go.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Now this is more like it! June 18, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
After two somewhat disappointing full-length Peanuts features, "Race for your life, Charlie Brown!" originally released in 1977 is a real Peanuts classic! It was the third Peanuts feature out of the series of four and it was one of the best! What made this feature stand out from the previous two was the fact that all of the major characters from the series where here, those characters are Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, Peppermint Patty, Marcie and a less popular one, Franklin.

The story begins when the whole gang is sent out on bus to summer camp where they meet a trio of bullies who seem to win every camp game by winning. Even the camp's main and largest event, the multi-day river race. The gang divides itself in two groups, the boys and the girls and set off down stream to defeat the competetive bullies. In their way down the river, the two groups face many challenges and even a large thunderstorm that wipes them all out. The gang then reunites and shelter themselves in an old log cabin. Eventually, the gang gets back on the water and aim towards the finish line, but will they all make it there first together?

Although the storyline is quite simple, every scene in this movie is filled with fun! The lines are hilarious! Especially those by Peppermint Patty and Lucy. The film doesn't feature as many songs as the previous two titles, but the two songs that are in the film are great and lively, the soundtrack is also excellent! This is definitely one of the better Peanuts features out there, I recommend it most along with "Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and don't come back!)."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites February 28, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Charlie Brown and the gang goes on a camping trip and Snoopy and Woodstock are trailing behind the bus in a motorcycle! It doesn't get any better than this. Good moral in the story about leadership where Charlie Brown proves himself as a great leader and can lead his friends and stand up to bullies. They don't make them like this anymore!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Snoopy rules!!!
Only wish it was available on DVD!!!
But happy with my purchase.
Published 5 days ago by Sara D Montemayor
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If you're ever gone to summer camp, you can identify with this one
Published 9 days ago by Wretched
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie wishing it was around.
Saw this movie when I was a child and I loved it then, so now where is it on DVD or BluRay even?
Published 19 days ago by C
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Charlie Brown
Classic - best peanuts movie ever
Published 1 month ago by Trouble with Tribbles
Bon voyage, Race for your life need to be released for DVD, For the fans and the Money you would make let it go
Published 2 months ago by Very useful so works well on the Kindle fire
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie with the Peanuts characters
I just wish I could find this movie on a DVD. My Grandson just laughs at Snoopy with his antics.
Published 4 months ago by Audrey Chaney
5.0 out of 5 stars condition of VHS
The VHS was in great condition for how old it was. My son enjoys watching it over and over. Thanks
Published 8 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie but does anyone know where I can get a copy of it...
I love this movie but does anyone know where I can get a copy of it for cheaper than $50? The price listed is a bit extreme~Thanks to everyone who responds!
Published 8 months ago by Amy Judd
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie for kids!
Please release it in DVD!!! I want to watch it and i want my kids to watch it as well......
Published 11 months ago by Leah I Davila
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This was a classic movie I loved from my childhood. My original wore out. Hope it eventually makes it to DVD.
Published 12 months ago by Alta Pruyn
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