Corvette Summer (1978)




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After a recently restored Corvette is stolen from the auto-body shop of his Los Angeles high school, a young man sets out to recover the vehicle in this comedy-drama. His quest ultimately brings him to Las Vegas, where he meets and falls in love with a young prostitute.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins
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On DVD: Aug 30, 2005


as Kenneth W. Dantley, ...

as Vanessa

as Ed McGrath

as Wayne Lowry

as Police PR

as Mrs. Dantley

as Con Man

as Principal

as Mr. Lucky
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Critic Reviews for Corvette Summer

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

As long as one doesn't demand too much of it, Corvette Summer delivers a very pleasant two hours of escape.

Full Review… | July 25, 2007
TIME Magazine
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One of Hollywood's better 'growing up' movies.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Miss Potts may well be a gifted comedienne, but Mr. Robbins never lets her relax enough for the talent to show. Too often, he strains his actors' enthusiasm to the breaking point.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | September 3, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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All in all a very funny movie with enough solid, believable story to take it beyond the realm of teenage summer fare.

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Corvette Summer


I really enjoyed this movie, mostly because it stars two of my favourite actors, but it is also a fun comedy adventure about Hamil's character trying to get his car back.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


This lighter than helium comedy was Mark Hamill's follow up to Star Wars. A high school grease monkey rebuilds, and tricks out, an old heap of a Corvette Stingray. While showing it off around town with his auto shop classmates, the car is stolen. Hamill goes in search of it, with the help of on-the-go call girl Annie Potts, eventually tracking the car to Las Vegas. That's about all the story there is. It's an utterly forgettable movie, but it's also a good natured romp that showcases Hamill when his career still lay in front of him. He and Potts have a believable chemistry, and they both make for likeable characters that are easy to root for. Released only about 6 months after Star Wars, Hamill still had the boyish zeal working for him that served him well in creating Luke Skywalker. Movies don't get much more lightweight than this, and I remember as a kid, only wanting to watch it because it had Luke Skywalker. But it still holds a certain level of charm, is firmly stuck in the 70's, and makes for a nice little 90 minute nostalgia trip, back to a time when I demanded much less from movies. Good performances, easy laughs, and even a couple of really good car chases. Hey...other actors have fared much worse in follow ups to their breakthrough movies.

RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

Mainly known for being Mark Hamill's first performance following "Star Wars." A fairly breezy coming-of-age road comedy, created by Matthew Robbins and Hal Barwood, who collaborated many times, highlighted by "Dragonslayer," a personal favorite of mine! The movie goes well throughout until it gets tangled up in its own plot at the end. Hamill gets way-too overworked at times, overacting like he did early in his career. A pretty good late-night bet.

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