Corvette Summer

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A high school grad and a hooker-in-training try to track down his stolen Corvette.

ACTORS :   Mark Hamill, Annie Potts, Eugene Roche

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1978

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

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Ken loves to design and build exotic cars. When the High School shop class project car, a fully tricked out dream Corvette, is stolen, he begins searching for it. His search leads him to Las Vegas, where Vanessa, a teenaged prostitute wannabe, helps him try to track it down.

A Lost Drive-In Classic

“Corvette Summer” might not be a perfect film, but it’s a breezy, occasionally funny sleeper…the type of movie that used to pack them in at drive-ins all the time. Today, there’s the added value of seeing Mark “Luke Skywalker” Hamill and Annie “Designing Women” Potts in very early roles before they became big stars. There’s even an appearance by Danny (Partridge) Bonaduce. Good summertime entertainment!

Summer Lovin

 

I read several reviews about this movie before writing mine. I always do for some reason. The one common thread throughout a lot of the reviews is a point I definitely agree with. This movie oozes 70’s cheese. Keep in mind, I happen to love the tackiness that only the 70’s could offer.

Aside from that, this is a fairly simple, yet entertaining movie. Does it break any new ground? Certainly not. But how many movies do? Our main character, Kenny Dantley, builds and falls in love with a custom Corvette in his high school shop class. Not long after it is built the car is stolen. The cops tell Dantley and the rest of his shop class that the car most likely will never be recovered. Dantley refuses to accept this and heads to where he heard the car was last seen. Vegas. Along the way he falls in love with Vanessa, a wannabe hooker headed to Vegas to “go pro”.

There is no doubt that this is a “B” grade drive in movie. That being said, if you are a “car guy” (as I am) this movie should prove to be worth watching. Anyone who has ever fallen in love with a car will understand Dantley’s obsession. It’s NOT “just” a car. Car guys know their obsessions are irrational, but that doesn’t stop us. Call me crazy, but the attraction a car guy has to his favorite model isn’t THAT much different than the one he feels to his dream girl.

Corvette Summer offers a few laughs and a return to a part of the 70’s a lot would like to forget. The disco van scene. There are some familiar faces from the era and a great chase scene at the end of the movie. Not every movie is Oscar bound. Let’s not forget a movies most important purpose is to entertain.

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