The Starlite Drive-In Theater (The Pom Pom Girls (1976) / The Van (1977))
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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.
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?Read more ›
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
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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Fun old movie to watch, brings back memories. The van is a good bonus movie too. Ok quality for the eraPublished on March 8, 2014 by Elvis M
Found "The Van" to be a pretty entertaining flick, and the one reviewer of Connie Lisa Marie is dead on with their evaluation of her. Definitely some nice eye candy . . Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Canuck in WA