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Herbie Goes Bananas

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Genre  Adventure, Comedy, Family
Film series  Herbie: The Love Bug
Country  United States
4.8/10 IMDb

Director  Vincent McEveety
Initial DVD release  May 4, 2004
Language  English
Herbie Goes Bananas movie poster
Release date  June 25, 1980 (1980-06-25)
Based on  Characters created by Gordon Buford
Writer  Don Tait, Gordon Buford (characters creator)
Cast  Cloris Leachman (Tante Louise Trends), Charles Martin Smith (Davy Johns), Stephen W. Burns (Pete), Elyssa Davalos (Melissa Drake), Joaquin Garay, III (Paco), Harvey Korman (Capt. Blythe)
Similar movies  The Love Bug, Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo, Superbug, the Wild One, Superbug, Super Agent, The File of the Golden Goose, The Crooked Sky

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Herbie Goes Bananas is a 1980 American comedy adventure film and the fourth in a series of films made by Walt Disney Productions starring Herbie – the white Volkswagen racing Beetle with a mind of its own. The film stars former Mel Brooks collaborators Cloris Leachman and Harvey Korman.


Herbie Goes Bananas movie scenes


Herbie Goes Bananas movie scenes

Loosely picking up where Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo left off, protagonist Pete Stancheck (Stephen W. Burns) has inherited Herbie from his uncle Jim Douglas and travels to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with his friend Davy "D.J." Johns (Charles Martin Smith) to retrieve the car. There, they befriend Paco (Joaquin Garay, III), a comically mischievous, orphaned pickpocket.

Herbie Goes Bananas movie scenes

Pete and D.J. board the Sun Princess, a cruise ship, to Rio de Janeiro to enter Herbie in the Brazil Grand Primeo, while Paco follows hidden in Herbie's cargo compartment. En route they meet an anthropology student named Melissa (Elyssa Davalos) and her extravagant, eccentric aunt Louise (Cloris Leachman), who is trying to find a husband for her niece. When Herbie wreaks havoc on board, Pete pretends to court Melissa, intending that her Aunt Louise will sponsor their race.

Herbie Goes Bananas movie scenes

Meanwhile, Herbie helps Paco, who has dubbed the car 'Ocho', escape captivity. When the ship's captain Blythe (Harvey Korman) has his costume party wrecked by the boy and car, he puts Herbie on trial and sentences him to be dropped into the sea. However, later on land, Herbie resurfaces from the water to reunite with Paco, who then goes into business with Herbie as a taxi.

Thereafter follow three villains (John Vernon, Alex Rocco, and Richard Jaeckel) seeking to capture an antique gold disc, and to find Paco as earlier he had pickpocketed their wallets which contained important film by threatening to use an acetylene torch to cut up Herbie; Herbie's matador part in a bullfight; romance between Aunt Louise and Captain Blythe; and bananas initially used to conceal Herbie among farm vehicles traveling to market and later used by Herbie and Paco to stop the villains escaping justice. Ultimately, the villains are captured, and the protagonists re-unite on the Sun Princess to celebrate. The group enters Herbie in an upcoming race, with Paco dressed as the driver. Davy finally asks Paco why he keeps referring to Herbie as "Ocho", since that is Spanish for eight. Paco looks at Herbie's "53" and remarks that 5+3=8. After that Pete, Davy, Aunt Louise, and Melissa have a toast hoping for Herbie to win the race with Paco giving Herbie a thumbs up.


  • Cloris Leachman as Aunt Louise Trends
  • Charles Martin Smith as Davy "D.J." Johns
  • John Vernon as Prindle
  • Stephen W. Burns as Peter "Pete" Stancheck
  • Elyssa Davalos as Melissa
  • Joaquin Garay, III as Paco
  • Harvey Korman as Captain Blythe
  • Richard Jaeckel as Shepard
  • Alex Rocco as Quinn
  • Fritz Feld as Chief Steward
  • Vito Scotti as Armando Moccia
  • Reception

    Herbie Goes Bananas met with negative reviews and is widely considered to be the weakest film in the Herbie franchise. Most film critics remarked that the series had run its course, with Leonard Maltin commenting that there was "one amusing scene where the VW turns matador; otherwise, strictly scrap metal." Maltin (who rated the film *½ out of ****) added that the plot dealt with its cast "encountering all sorts of 'hilarious' obstacles along the way." Phil Patton, author of the book Bug: The Strange Mutations of the World's Most Famous Automobile, observed that the Herbie franchise was "a game of diminishing returns: Herbie Goes filled with 'south of the border' clichés and stereotypes." On Rotten Tomatoes the film had 40% positives reviews.


    The prop Herbie dropped into the ocean was never retrieved. A total of 26 VW Beetles were used, by reason of the quantity of stunts and tricks.


    A paperback novelization of the film was written by Joe Claro and published by Scholastic Paperbacks in July 1980 to coincide with the film's release.

    Video releases

    Herbie Goes Bananas was released on VHS in Late 1984 and re-released on November 6, 1985 and September 16, 1997. It was first released on DVD in Region 1 on May 4, 2004 and re-released on DVD on September 2, 2012 as part of Herbie: 4-Movie Collection with The Love Bug, Herbie Rides Again and Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.

    On June 30, 2015, Herbie Goes Bananas was released on Blu-ray Disc as a Disney Movie Club exclusive title.


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