Corvette Summer

1978

Corvette Summer

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50%

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The Corvette Ken Dantley's (Mark Hamill) class has been restoring in their high-school shop class is nearly completely fixed up. One day, the students walk in and it is gone - apparently stolen. Ken is larking about in Las Vegas when he spies a car that looks suspiciously like the Corvette he knows so well. He begins looking for the car, but in the meantime Vanessa (Annie Potts), propositions him on the street. Intrigued, he follows the girl back to her van, which is equipped with a waterbed. She hopes to use the van as a travelling brothel, with herself as the bill of fare. Instead, she helps him look for the missing car, and as they search, the two of them fall in love. Though praised by critics, Mark Hamill's second starring feature did poorly at the box-office, and stalled his career. Corvette Summer marks the first star appearance by Annie Potts, perhaps better known for her role in the U.S. television show Designing Women.

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Critic Reviews for Corvette Summer

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (4)

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

    Jul 25, 2007 | Full Review…
  • One of Hollywood's better 'growing up' movies.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • Hamill has jokingly suggested that perhaps the movie would have done better had it been named Car Wars; he's probably not wrong.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • All in all a very funny movie with enough solid, believable story to take it beyond the realm of teenage summer fare.

    Oct 3, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Works best as a distant memory; trust me on this.

    Apr 17, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Corvette Summer

  • Sep 06, 2010
    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
  • May 28, 2009
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2008
    This was a really good movie,The time that is was made and the acting were very good,alot better then some of those over acting 70's-80's movies.It was funny to see Mark Hamill and Annie Potts so young.And being a muscle car fanatic I was in heaven to see all those cars.The storyline was pretty damn good I must say.It Had its humor and sad parts.I felt for him when he saw his car and he started to chase it down the street then*POOF* Gone..I felt like crying with him :(.If you got 2 hours to kill and want to rent a half decent old movie,check this bad boy out.
    Daryl . Super Reviewer

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