The Love Bug (1968)

Director
Robert Stevenson

Main cast
Dean Jones; Michele Lee; Buddy Hackett; Joe Flynn; Benson Fong

Genres
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Description
Herbie is a car - but no ordinary car. The story follows the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own from the showroom to the race track, with various close escapes in between. Three further Herbie movies were to follow.


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