The Love Bug (1997)

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Love Bug (1997)

“The Love Bug” is a 1997 made-for-television comedy film and a remake of the original 1968 film of the same name produced by Walt Disney Productions. Like the original, this version also features the lovable Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie, who possesses a mind of its own.

In the 1997 film, the story follows a down-on-his-luck racing driver named Hank Cooper (played by Bruce Campbell). Hank is struggling to make a name for himself in the racing world until he stumbles upon a neglected 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, which happens to be Herbie. Much like the original, Herbie has special abilities and becomes a lucky charm for Hank.

As Hank starts racing with Herbie, they encounter numerous adventures and challenges. They must face a conniving rival driver who is determined to defeat them and claim Herbie for himself.

Throughout the film, Hank and Herbie form a bond as they work together to overcome obstacles and prove their worth on the racing circuit. The movie combines elements of comedy, racing action, and heartwarming moments as they embark on a journey of friendship and triumph.

While “The Love Bug” remake didn’t achieve the same level of success as the original, it still captures the essence of the beloved character, Herbie, and provides a modern retelling of the classic story. The film brings the iconic car back to life for a new generation of viewers, offering a nostalgic and entertaining experience for fans of the original and newcomers alike.

The Love Bug (1997)

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
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  • Bruce Campbell: Hank Cooper
  • John Hannah: Simon Moore III
  • Alexandra Wentworth: Alex Davis
  • Kevin J. O’Connor: Roddy Martel
  • Dana Gould: Rupert
  • Harold Gould: Dr. Gustav Stumpfel
  • Micky Dolenz: Donny Shotz
  • Dean Jones: Jim Douglas
  • Clarence Williams III: Chuck
  • Jeff Garlin: Highway Patrolman


  • Director: Peyton Reed
  • Producer: Joan Van Horn and Irwin Marcus
  • Music: Shirley Walker

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