Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Things You Remember At 9 Years Old...

PLANET GRIFFIN continues the weekend edition with a moment of nostalgia. I was 9 years old when this movie appeared on the ABC Movie On The Week for the first time... People were still basking in the afterglow of STAR WARS, and the original cast of the movie could do no wrong. Of course, Mark Hamill was still undergoing his Jedi training when he opted to do this little number off the beaten track. The story of young Kenny Brantly, a 5th year super senior gearhead who decides to build a corvette for his graduating project, only to have it stolen by a ring of car thieves shortly after completion, was never the most original plot in the world, but hey, this is 1978... Annie Potts ( if you can remember the deadpan secretary from Ghostbusters--- ) is Vanessa, the hooker-with-the-heart-of-gold, who helps young Kenny get his car back in time to make his graduation. Of course, though the movie was pure kraft by the slice upon it's release, the curio-appeal of the film has maintained just enough to be remembered after 38 years--- especially the Corvette which was made special for the film.

Looking back in hindsight, I still laugh now at how mesmerized I was with the movie, all the while trying to figure out if my Stretch Armstrong actually had a stretching limit ( it did, at the cost of an elaborate fishtank, but that's another story)... Heh, nostalgia... This is PLANET GRIFFIN.

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