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Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

Mar 13th @ 5:00 p.m.

“You don’t understand what happens, do you? They make 10,000 cars, they make them exactly the same way, and one or two of ’em turn out to be something special. Nobody knows why.”

The Love Bug

About: Unlucky race car driver Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) is lucky enough to live in late ‘60s San Francisco in an old firehouse overlooking the bay, but he keeps destroying his cars during competitions. His roomie and mechanic Tennessee Steinmetz (Buddy Hackett) is also an artist who transforms the wrecked racers into sculptures. While roaming about town in search of another automotive victim, Jim encounters super-hot sales assistant and mechanic Carole Bennett (Michele Lee) at a posh European showroom where the owner Peter Thorndyke (David Tomlinson) is abusing an adorable, opalescent Volkswagen (VW) Beetle, AKA Herbie.

Jim rescues Herbie and discovers that the perky VW bug not only has a mind of his own, but is faster than blazes. Racing rivalry flares up between Jim and Thorndyke resulting in pranks that rile Herbie up to rampage through San Francisco during the Chinese New Year parade. Many crashes and chase scenes later, Herbie saves the day at the El Dorado cross-country road race that blasts through the Sierra Nevada mountains from Yosemite Valley, CA to Virginia City, NV, all in glorious Technicolor.

Director: Robert Stevenson

Year Released: 1968

Rating: G

Run Time: 108 minutes

Cast: With Dean Jones, Michele Lee, Buddy Hackett, David Tomlinson, and Joe Flynn

Showing: March 13, 5:00 p.m.

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