Herbie Fully Loaded

Synopsis: Maggie Peyton is the new owner of Number 53--the free wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own; she puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor. As a third generation member of a NASCAR family, racing is in Maggie Peyton's blood, but she is forbidden from pursuing her dream by her overprotective father, Ray Peyton, Sr. When Ray Sr. offers Maggie a car as a college graduation present, he takes her to a junkyard to choose one from an assortment of very used cars. Maggie has her eye on an old Nissan, but a certain rusty, banged up '63 VW Bug seems to be clamoring for her attention. To her surprise, Maggie leaves the lot with Herbie. As she prepares to leave town for a position with ESPN News, Maggie discovers that Herbie has a mind of his own--and an alternate route for her future.
Director(s): Angela Robinson
Production: Buena Vista
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

...little car takes first...

and third place!

A lot of Herbie fans

here today wearing Herbie's colors.

- What the heck happened to you?

- I'm sorry, Crazy Dave.

I had a few problems getting

this critter on the truck.

Please. I've blown

bigger things out my nose.

Prettier too.

What was that?!

I wouldn't insult him

if I was you. He's sensitive.

- He's a car.

- Yeah, I know.

It's that he's proud.

That's all I'm saying.

The shed I got him out of

was just full of these old trophies.

I think he used to be a racecar.

A racecar?

Yeah. You know, I bet it took

first place at the Ugly-anapolis 500.

Oh! Oh! Oh, ow!

What did...?

It wasn't the car!

All right.

Just be calm.

I don't have to take this.

This is just a car...

an inanimate object.


Are you kidding?

It just leaked all over my shoe!

Just get this thing

off my truck!

You are so in the crusher. Push!

Come on!

Come on!

Ahh! Whoa!




I'm... just gonna...

- I got to go!

- Hey! Hey, you...

All right. Listen up, car.

No one makes a fool

out of Crazy Dave.

No one.

Consider yourself crushed!

Marie Peters.

Derek Parker.

Gregory Petell.

Chad Peterson.

- Margaret Peyton.

- Yeah!


I've seen some photo finishes

in my time.

That was cutting it close.

OK, Dad.

Getting dizzy.

Oxygen deprived.

Your mom would be so proud.

You're the first Peyton

to graduate college.

One where you don't

have to keep a toolbox at the end.

- Where's Ray?

- Running some laps.

We got a qualifying race.

He's working on some problems.

Like not crashing?


Check out what mom and dad

got me for graduation.

Oh, great. Rub it in.

V-8, what? I don't know,

but it's adorable!

Promise you'll look

after Maggie in New York.

- We'll be roommates for 15 minutes.

- An assistant producer job at ESPN.

You'll be in front of

the camera in a heartbeat.

Have a great time in Paris.

Bye. Be back in a month.

I'll spring you from Riverside.

We'll cruise to the Big Apple

and start our new lives. Au revoir!

I promised your brother we'd

meet him at the track. We got to go.

Do I even get

a graduation lunch?

Well, this isn't quite

what I had in mind, but...

Hey, I sprung for the churros.

Dad, is Sally

still sponsoring you?

One of the proud, the few.

Hey, guys!

- Congrats on the ESPN job!

- Thank you.

I thought Maggie might swing

some free publicity over there.

Only publicity Team Peyton

needs is to win a race.

We're turning this thing around.

I know it. Believe me.

Aw, come on, Ray.

What are you doing?

Ray, what...?


Ray, you were just

pushing the right front.

Was that what it is?

Did you learn that in college? Thanks!

- At least he loses with style.

- He's sure had enough practice.

I can't believe

Trip Murphy won Daytona.

He's a loser.

A well-paid loser.

Hey, Ray,

the guy's a great racer.

Say what you want about him.

He has excellent focus.


You drove past that tree

on purpose.

- No. We're taking a shortcut.

- You were gonna chop it down.

We tried to knock it down

by crashing a car into it...

Oh, wait! That was you!

Oh, right. I'm not the one

who crashes into walls, am I?

Don't let him get to you.

The important thing

is when you see that tree and this town

in your rearview mirror,

you know you're on your way

to a better life. Right?

- Right.

- All right.

Now you, Gramps, had style.

He sure did.


I'm sorry I didn't really pull out

all the stops for graduation.

It's OK. You know,

that was always

Mom's department.

It's been ten years.

I should have more of a clue.

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Thomas Lennon

Thomas Patrick Lennon (born August 9, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer and director best known as a cast member on MTV's The State and for his role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on the Comedy Central series Reno 911!. He is the writing partner of Robert Ben Garant. more…

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