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Supervan (1977)

Katie Saylor, Morgan Woodward, T.B. Trenton Mark Schneider  |  PG |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Katie Saylor, Morgan Woodward, T.B. Trenton Mark Schneider
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: CHEEZY
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030BYWPU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mark Schneider, Katie Saylor. Clint enters his custom van, Vandora, into a van contest known only as Freakout." Eventually, Clint has to outrun some corny hick cops and use his van to battle a group of bad guy bikers. 1977/color/91 min/PG/fullscreen.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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If you thought director Lamar Card set a personal worst record with "Disco Fever," you haven't seen "Supervan." This is a movie that makes the buffoonery of the 1970's crystal clear with everything from a solar-powered supervan, to horrible hairstyles and clothes, a drunken Charles Bukowski, and some of the absolute worst music ever put on a soundtrack. Filmed in Kansas City, the plot shows us a young man, Clint Morgan (Mark Schneider,) who has left his lucrative job at a filling station to pursue his dreams of superstardom by winning the $5,000 grand prize at a custom van competition called simply "Freakout." This is supposedly a huge event as we see a minor convoy of hideous custom vans and hear a lot of beyond-idiotic CB lingo indicating the hugeness of scope involved. In reality there's maybe twenty vans or so there, and some of the signs for the event are hand-lettered on poster board.

After the execrable opening theme song ("I'd rather be ridin' high in my Supervan!") Clint runs afoul of some very lame bikers over the affections of Karen Trenton (Katie Saylor,) while for some reason his van and one of the biker's bikes are crushed in a rogue car crushing machine. (I'm not clear on how exactly that happened, but now that I think about it, I don't care.) There's lots of jaw-droppingly bad dialogue ("They say a pirate's spirit never dies...") and extraordinarily bad acting. Luckily Clint knows an MIT-educated genius, Boseley (Tom Kindle,) who designs him a solar-powered supervan named "Vandora," actually designed by the king of car customizers George Barris. Barris, who made the original Batmobile and worked on shows such as "The Munsters," "My Mother the Car," and "Knight Rider," also appears as himself here as the chief judge of Freakout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap January 28, 2014
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Seen it as a kid, didn't realize how stupid it was. How times have changed! What can I say it was the 70's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I want Vandora !!
Man, is this movie fun. If you ever need to get happy, watch this. The gallery of van art airbrushed on the vans literally took my breath away. Just when you think you can't laugh any harder... then the next van shows up ! The pace of this movie is pretty good too, not too much plot to get in the way, and something awesome and 70s in every scene.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Video Quality Is Horrible May 1, 2013
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The video quality is disgusting, looks like absolute garbage, worse than a VHS-rip. I wanted to love this, but I couldn't even finish the movie the quality was so bad. It's definitely not worth the current asking price. I'd pick it up for a $1 or so if you must. But just be aware that your eyes are in for a beating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather be ridin' high in my Supervan May 31, 2014
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The seventies sucked - I was there for part of it, they were awful. My parents were in the 70's well into the 80's. This movie, though, makes the case that the late 70's were America's Belle Époque.

It's a "van movie," Meaning it exists solely because custom vans were a fad for a while there. Carpeted interiors, 70's-style lounge furniture for drinking and doin' DRUGS on, beds (for SEX!) - the vans back then were pretty cool, actually. Sigh.

See? Right there - this stuff speaks to you on a very primal level. The theme song sings our souls: "I don't mind I'm not a wealthy man/ coz I'd rather be ridin' high in my Supervan..." SUPERVAN splices late-70's custom-van culture into the teen-sex-comedy template and the result is pure crap. But crap with charm! The time-capsule aspect alone is worth the price of admission, and the showcasing of a multitude of too-sweet rides is another one in the plus column.

The comedy is bad. BAD. Cringeworthy to an "I'm not even mad - that's amazing" extent. The van full of gay men, JEEsus GOHD! don't get the opportunity to camp up the movie nearly enough, and there are a few characters that give one the feeling that their scenes were cut. Yes, their scenes were terrible, but I wanted to see what kind of hijinx an oversexed blonde-maybe-hooker can get up to at a Van-in. I want to KNOW! I might even have traded a shot of the gay men running in terror from the horny farmer's daughters for it. No I wouldn't.

I haven't even mentioned the futuristic title beast, Vandora. Look at the box cover, you get the idea. Watch it and think of how uncomfortable this thing would be to drive - hunching over to avoid the slope of the windshield, that 1st-generation-Nintendo-controller-sized steering "wheel"...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic May 25, 2014
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Takes you back to the days of the 70's. This is more of a movie that would have been seen at a drive-in. If you like nostalgic, this is a good movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was fun making February 13, 2014
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Ok I was in this movie no credit giving for doing so but if you looking for a fun trip back in time and seeing how we tricked out our vans back in the 70's then this movie is one to watch. Just FYI a lot of this movie was shot in the Kansas City and St Joseph, Missouri areas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A total fry, man. January 22, 2014
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For those of you young enough to remember the 1970's, this flick is a total gas. Any negative reviews are coming from people who are either too young, too old, or trying to take this film as a serious cinematic work of art. Sure, it's cheesy, but so were the 70's. This movie shows a slice of Americana often imitated, but never duplicated. I would recommend this movie to anyone who had fun in the 70's, whether you could drive or not.
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