Presented by Corellian Corvette Summer, the story of a moisture farmer and a Twilek with a heart of gold that gets his CR90 Corvette stolen. If only he'd made it to Tashi Station...
Justin delivers his favorite romantic bad movie with Mark Hamill and Annie Potts and the buttest Corvette ever. Its Corvette Summer from 1978. It's the story of a socially awkward virgin on the hunt of a stolen ugly car, along the way falling for a hooker in training.
This film is a product of what is now known as USC’s Dirty Dozen. The “dozen” who have had a lasting imprint on the film industry are:
Matthew Robbins directed the film, he is not listed as part of the core of the dozen but has been involved with them and their counterparts. An uncredited writer on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, he also directed Batteries Not Included and one of my favorite sleepers; Dragonslayer with Peter McNichol doing his best Mark Hamill impersonation. Barwood would co-write Dragonslayer and also not receive credit for his involvement with Close Encounters.
Mark Hamill is a damn fine American. Nothing else needs to be said.
Annie Potts is the co-star in her first feature film.
There were two Corvettes made for the film, a main car and a "backup" model, both built for MGM by Dick Korkes of Korky's Kustom Studios. The main car was often displayed during the film's publicity tour, and both cars were later sold by MGM to private parties. The original car was sold to an Australian collector and "restored" to look different from how it appears in the film. An original mold of the car was displayed at the Corvette Americana Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and is now part of the collection of the National Corvette Museum. The "backup" car remained in the U.S., was owned for a while by Mike Yager of Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, Illinois, and was on display there between periodic car shows.
Fran Drescher’s scene was deleted.
Beck wrote a song about this movie.
Mark Hamill said of this movie around the time of production: "I insisted on looking different. And I'm only interested in the car, not even any girl, until Annie Potts came along. . . It's not a car movie. It's really a love story. And I'm so thrilled to be working with Annie Potts. She reminds me of Judy Holliday. She's a unique creature." Hamill years after the film first came out then said: "Corvette Summer is a great little picture and it's got sort of a title that's a misnomer because you sort of put it in one category when you first see it and you go, 'Oh gee, it's quite a nicely written, uh romantic movie.' And I enjoyed it immensely."
Keep and eye out for: Danny Bonaduce, Brion James, Dick Miller and Wendy Jo Sperber.