Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo|
Actors: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars, Jacques Marin, Roy Kinnear
Director: Vincent McEveety
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family
Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 03/28/2008 Run time: 100 minutes Rating: G
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"Herbie ,and Dean Jones, return in this third installment of the Love Bug Series. Made three years after Herbie Rides Again flopped, this film brought back the original formula to the series. Jim Douglas (Dean Jones) and his mechanic, Wheely Applegate (Don Knotts) have entered the Trans France race in Paris, France. When two jewel thieves are suspected of stealing a diamond, they reluctantly hide it in Herbie. Throughout the race, the thieves are trying to get the diamond out of Herbie. There are a few slow spots in the movie, but in the end, a good film!"
Almost as good as the Love Bug
T O'Brien | Chicago, Il United States | 07/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo is the third movie in the Love Bug series and overall the second best. It takes place 12 years after the Love Bug as Jim Douglas tries to make a comeback with Herbie and a new mechanic, Wheely Applegate. Along the way, two jewel thieves hide a $6 million dollar jewel in Herbie's gas tank which they try and retrieve throughout the movie. Another subplot has Herbie falling in love with a car driven by Diane Darcy, the only female driver in the Trans France race. While at times the subplots slow the movie down, it is still very enjoyable. The movie returns to the roots of the Love Bug with the story focusing mostly on the racing where Herbie Rides Again and Herbie Goes Bananas go off on their own stories. Both are decent but the racing story is missed. In Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo the racing scenes are very well done during the qualifying rounds and also the Trans Fran. Dean Jones returns as Jim Douglas and gives another good performance as the driver who fully believes in Herbie and his ability now. Don Knotts plays Wheely Applegate, Herbie's mechanic, and is very good with several funny scenes. Jones and Knotts have good chemistry together throughout. Julie Sommars is pretty good as Dianne Darcy, Roy Kinnear and Bernard Fox are funny as the bumbling thieves trying to get their diamond back, Jacques Martin plays the police inspector with alterior motives, Xavier Saint Macary as Lt. Fontenoy, the police officer trying to solve the case, and Eric Braeden as Bruno, the driver who tries over and over again to prevent Herbie from winning the race. I hope that Disney puts this and many other classics out on DVD since it is harder and harder to find VHS copies of so many movies. The Special Edition DVD for the Love Bug was great and should not be missed. This is a really fun movie that is right up there with the Love Bug that shouldn't be missed for Herbie fans everywhere!"
Jim the serious romantic and Wheely the funny comedian, a re
Golden Lion | North Ogden, Ut United States | 08/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Herbie #53, a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle deluxe ragtop sedan painted with L87 pearl white, with wide racing tires, falls in love with a 1977, Lancia Monte Carlo #7 name Giselle. Giselle has Herbie Moonstruck and both Giselle and Herbie are distracted from getting qualifying times. Herbie animatronics allow him too Waltzes in front of Giselle, blink his headlights, open and close his hood, and move his wheels horizontal in a expression of awe as he watches Giselle tie his record breaking time for the course. Herbie is determined to impress Giselle by washing himself in a water font, bringing flowers to her, and serenading her down the waterfront. Herbie wins the Giselles heart after rescuing and extracting the car from the lake shoreline. Diane Darcy tells Jim, Wheely, and Herbie "win the race for them". Herbie wins the race and Jim and Wheely are famous again.
Herbie has an engine with the ability of tachometer readings of 7,000 rpm making him faster than the Black Pantheria driven by Claude Gilbert and the Laser 917 GT coupe driven by Von Stickle. Jim Douglas and Wheely Applegate have returned to race after 12 years. Jim and Diane are high-spirited and both enjoy a good fight. Diane gets the better end of the argument, as she manages to throw a vase, picture, and books at Jim keeping him dodging the projectiles. Diane thinks Jim is against her being a woman racer. Jim is just bullhead about Diane and thinking she is treacherously trying to disqualify him. Later Diane apologizes and the couple end up kissing each other. Von Stickle is the antagonist bully and Claude is his aid. Von Stickle car push Herbie off the road on numerous occasions. However, Von Stickle does not employ an devious strategies to put Herbie out of the race.
The villain, agent X is the Inspector Bouchet. Etoile de Joie managed to steal a large diamond, escape the museum where the diamond was protected, and hide the diamond in Herbies gas cap. The police surround the around but are unable to find the diamond, after thoroughly search all parties. Herbie foils all the thieves' attempts to recapture and acquire the diamond. Jim eventually discovers the diamond during a race through the Alps. The thieve misdirect Jim and Wheely into taking a trail towards a high mountain pass, where Wheely causes a rock slide; the thieves appear and demand the diamond; another rock slide by Wheely allows Herbie to escape. Inspector Bouchet fortune improves as Jim approaches him at the police station seeking protection for Herbie. The Detective Fontenoy intervenes and accidently messes up Agent X attempt to acquire the diamond. Detective Fontenoy imprisons Herbie in a Armoured truck and makes Herbie late for the race. Wheely convinces Giselle does not love her and that Herbie has other cars and Jim verifies Wheely. Giselle revs up her engines and starts the race. When Herbie arrives he is looking for Giselle and Wheely uses a similar no love tactic to engage Herbie into the race. The route to Monte Carlo and in Paris include the scenic sites: Esplanade du Trocadero, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Place Vendome, Place d'Iena, Arc de Triomphe, and down the Champs-Elysees The race through Paris was filmed at high speeds and the thrill of the race and its sounds and sharp corner turns are amazing.