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The Starlite Drive-In Theater (The Pom Pom Girls (1976) / The Van (1977))

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Pom Pom GirlsHigh school football player Johnnie is going to spend his senior year at Rosedale High School playing pranks and getting together with as many girls as possible. He and a buddy along with two cheerleaders are going to make their last year memorable. The Big Game with rival Hardin High School is approaching and a prank war is about to rev into full swing.Cult diva Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith (The Swinging Cheerleaders) has a cameo appearance as what else a member of the cheerleading squad!The VanBobby is an average teenager whose only interests are hot cars and hot girls. He spends his money on a sweet van hoping that with his new wheels he'll finally be able to score. When his friend Andy (Danny DeVito) needs some cash to get him out of a predicament Bobby loans him the money from his next car payment. Now Bobby must enter a drag race to win the money to save his van and win the heart of a girl.System Requirements:Run Time: 180 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: R UPC: 787364718993

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Carradine, Jennifer Ashley, Stuart Goetz, Deborah White, Danny DeVito
  • Directors: Joseph Ruben, Sam Grossman
  • Writers: Joseph Ruben, Celia Susan Cotelo, Robert J. Rosenthal
  • Producers: Joseph Ruben, Cal Naylor, Marilyn Jacobs Tenser
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: BCI / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5U6CK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Starlite Drive-In Theater (The Pom Pom Girls (1976) / The Van (1977))" on IMDb

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"The Pom-Pom Girls" can be summed up simply: Plenty of cute girls, not enough 'pom-poms', if you get my drift.

I could identify with 'The Van' a little better, since, growing up in the 70's, I clearly remember the van craze. It never caught on here on the east coast as much as it did in California, but I still recall lots of guys going full tilt into "van-o-mania".

If you're looking for 70's vintage T&A, you've got the wrong films with this 2-pack. There are only 3 scenes of nudity in "The Pom-Pom Girls" and they're very tame. The story line, although lame, gets us from begining to end, and that's about the best that can be said for it. It was quite interesting to see Robert Carradine, who later came into his own in "Revenge of the Nerds", in what had to be one of his very first roles.

"The Van" is a little better. At least the story is somewhat more believable, and the film's featured hottie, Connie Lisa Marie as 'Sally', gets a couple of nice extended scenes to show off her charms. First, while washing her car in a soaking wet tank top, then later when she hooks up with the movie's hero, a hapless red-headed dork named Bobby. That was one of the problems with "The Van"....the lead character Bobby, played by Stan Getz (aka Stuart Goetz), is a bit of a goofball and just not someone you could sympathize with or root for.
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From BCI's Starlite Drive-In Theater series comes The Pom Pom Girls (1976) and The Van (1977), both indicative of the types of the slightly sleazy drive-in fare released by Crown International Pictures throughout the 1970s.

The Pom Pom Girls (1976)

Co-written and directed by Joseph Ruben (Dreamscape, The Stepfather, Money Train), The Pom Pom Girls (1976) features Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds), Jennifer Ashley (Inseminoid), and Michael Mullins, whose career consists mostly of episodic television work. Also appearing is Lisa Reeves (You Light Up My Life), Bill Adler (Switchblade Sisters), James Gammon (Major League), and Susan Player (Malibu Beach). The late Cheryl Smith (Revenge of the Cheerleaders) is listed in the credits (as Rainbeaux Smith), but her part is a relatively minor one.

As the film begins we switching back and forth between some cheerleaders practicing on the beach (in their swimsuits) and a high school football team practicing some drills. Neither group seems particularly proficient at what they're doing, but at least the girls are nice to look at, especially since the cinematographer has a tendency to focus on certain `stimulating' areas of the female anatomy. Anyway, soon after this we meet Johnnie (Carradine) and his friend Jesse (Mullins), a pair of football players who accost a couple of the cheerleaders after practice for the purpose of getting it on...does anyone else think Robert Carradine is perhaps the homeliest of the Carradine Brothers?
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I was fortunate enough to review this film when it was first released. I interviewed Michael Mullins, Jennifer Ashley, Bobby Carradine, (David Carradine's and Keith's brother) and Bill Adler. It was a teen movie that was entertaining.
There isn't much of a plot, just young teens having fun. Bobby's Dad, (John Carradine of those werewolf movies), said to Bobby, "but what is the plot?'
At the end there is a chickie run, and the idea is from Rebel Without A Cause. Bill Adler followed this film with THE VAN, which I haven't seen.
I just received a packet with 11 or 12 drive-in type movies. POM POM GIRLS was a terrible print. Had scratches all the way through. Whether this was a take off on Tarrantino films, that used that effect, I don't know. But, I will buy these titles from Amazon and hope they are in better watching condition

Well, they are better and the POM POM GIRLS is a perfect transfer, unlike the previous set from another company.
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Okay, when I was in high school, they filmed the A&W scene in my hometown (La Harbra) and when we saw it at the movies we thought it was great because I was driving my car back and forth along Whittier Blvd, making noise with big motor and loud pipes.

So when you ask me if the movie was great I would say its a C movie, but the memories are A+

As for the poor little A&W, it was torn down in the early 80's. To bad it was our Mel's Dinner in the 70's
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Don't know about the Pom Pom Girls yet, but Bobby's adventures in "Fun-Truckin'" are as cheesy-good as the residue in his van's toaster oven. An unforgettably weird soundtrack by Sammy "Chevy Van" Johns only adds to this so-bad-it's-great movie. Exactly how does a "Miss country lady" make a guy feel like he's "flying in space"?
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I remember seeing the Van in a second run theatre in the summer of 1976 for one dollar. This film was a perfect Saturday night drive-in movie. Not widescreen but enjoyable anyway . For the nit-wit teenager in all of us. I knew nothing about life then. I certainly have graduated into life since then. Break out the popcorn!
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