Nice Dreams (1981)

R | 88 mins | Comedy | 5 June 1981

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HISTORY

In reviews and articles, including the 3 Jun 1981 Var review, the film is often referred to as Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams, however the onscreen title is Nice Dreams. The 2 Jun 1980 Box and the 11 Aug 1980 LAT noted a working title of Riding High and the 18 Jul 1980 HR titled it Cheech & Chong’s Riding High. The 20 Oct 1980 HR reported the film was Cheech & Chong III, while an item in the 18 Nov 1980 HR stated the title was Cheech & Chong #3.
       Jeff Pomerantz and Jeff Faracci play CHP officers in the film and, in onscreen cast credits, both are listed as portraying the character “CHP #2.” An item in the 18 Jul 1980 HR announced that Tony Viscarra would be a creative consultant on Cheech & Chong’s Riding High, but Viscarra’s name does not appear in onscreen credits. The 18 Dec 1980 HR stated that David Rosenberg would costar in the film, however Rosenberg does not appear in onscreen credits. The 6 May 1981 Marquee reported that George Craig Brown was the film’s video operator and was also hired to appear as “Wayne Louder,” however, neither Brown nor the character “Wayne Louder” appear in onscreen credits. Although Marquee noted that Michael Malcolm was an artistic consultant on the film and was also cast as an “insane painter,” Malcolm is credited onscreen as assistant to Tommy Chong.
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In reviews and articles, including the 3 Jun 1981 Var review, the film is often referred to as Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams, however the onscreen title is Nice Dreams. The 2 Jun 1980 Box and the 11 Aug 1980 LAT noted a working title of Riding High and the 18 Jul 1980 HR titled it Cheech & Chong’s Riding High. The 20 Oct 1980 HR reported the film was Cheech & Chong III, while an item in the 18 Nov 1980 HR stated the title was Cheech & Chong #3.
       Jeff Pomerantz and Jeff Faracci play CHP officers in the film and, in onscreen cast credits, both are listed as portraying the character “CHP #2.” An item in the 18 Jul 1980 HR announced that Tony Viscarra would be a creative consultant on Cheech & Chong’s Riding High, but Viscarra’s name does not appear in onscreen credits. The 18 Dec 1980 HR stated that David Rosenberg would costar in the film, however Rosenberg does not appear in onscreen credits. The 6 May 1981 Marquee reported that George Craig Brown was the film’s video operator and was also hired to appear as “Wayne Louder,” however, neither Brown nor the character “Wayne Louder” appear in onscreen credits. Although Marquee noted that Michael Malcolm was an artistic consultant on the film and was also cast as an “insane painter,” Malcolm is credited onscreen as assistant to Tommy Chong.
       According to articles in the 6 May 1981 Marquee and the 17 May 1981 LAHExam, Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong’s first two films, Up in Smoke (1978, see entry) and Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980, see entry), were successful with a combined boxoffice gross-to-date of $160 million. C. C. Brown; Cheech, Chong, and producer Howard Brown’s production company; would produce their third film, to be directed by Chong, based on a script co-written by Cheech and Chong. The C. C. Brown company name stands for Cheech-Chong-Brown, but also pays tribute to the famed C. C. Brown ice cream parlor where, legend has it, the ice cream sundae was invented. The Marquee article and production notes in AMPAS library files reported the script was only five pages long, and was a synopsis of the action, meant to “influence” the cast’s improvisation.
       An item in the 4 Feb 1981 HR reported that Stacy Keach, who appeared in Cheech and Chong’s first film, Up in Smoke, would reprise his role as “Sgt. Stedanko” aka “The Sarge.” Marquee noted that Cheech and Chong’s casting methods were unusual and, according to Chong, they “believed in discovering talent from among everyday people.” The film’s production designer, James Newport, was “impulsively” cast as the character “Grow Room Wierdo,” [sic] referred to in the film as “Weird Jimmy,” and Newport was credited as “Jimmy Fame” in onscreen cast credits. Production notes reported that Chong’s wife, Shelby Fiddis, was an associate producer and, also portrayed a “Body Builder” under the name “Shelby Chong.” Cheech’s wife, Rickki Marin, appeared as the “Blonde in car.”
       The 2 Jun 1980 Box announced that Riding High would begin principal photography on 7 Jul 1980 with a budget of $3 -- $4 million. However, as reported in the 11 Aug 1980 LAT, the start date was delayed as a result of the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) strike. Production notes announced that Cheech & Chong III would film for two months at the Burbank Studios in Burbank, CA, and at locations in the Los Angeles, CA, area. The 26 Dec 1980 HR reported that principal photography was completed.
       An article in the 20 Oct 1980 HR reported that the SAG strike also postponed the plan to release Cheech & Chong III on 16 May 1981, and Columbia Pictures planned to rebid for a 12 Jun 1981 opening date. According to the 27 May 1981 Var, Columbia decided to release the film on 5 Jun 1981, one week earlier than scheduled. On 9 Jun 1981, HR and Var reported that Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams had the year’s largest opening weekend-to-date, with a three day boxoffice gross of $8,153,738 at 1,390 theaters. The 16 Jun 1981 HR announced the film’s first week gross was $12,291,867 and an item in the 18 Jun 1981 HR stated the eleven day gross was $18,076,251. According to the 17 Jul 1981 HR, the film’s boxoffice gross-to-date surpassed the $30 million mark. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Jun 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Dec 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Dec 1980.
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Hollywood Reporter
4 Feb 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 May 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Jul 1981.
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LAHExam
17 May 1981.
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Los Angeles Times
11 Aug 1980.
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Los Angeles Times
9 Jun 1981
p. 3.
Marquee
6 May 1981
pp. 15, 20.
New York Times
5 Jun 1981
p. 14.
Variety
27 May 1981.
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Variety
3 Jun 1981
p. 14.
Variety
9 Jun 1981.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Starring
Tommy Chong
With a special appearance by
Co-starring:
Sally K. Marr
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Columbia Pictures Presents
A C. & C. Brown Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir, 2d unit
DGA trainee, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
Addl photog
Cam op, 2d unit
Asst cam, 2d unit
Asst cam, 2d unit
Asst cam, 2d unit
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
Film ed
Film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Const coord
Set dec
Set des
Prop master
COSTUMES
Cost des
Key costumer
Men's costumer
Ladies' costumer
MUSIC
Orig score
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Asst spec eff
Titles and opt, 2d unit
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting assoc
Casting asst
Prod coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod secy
Loc mgr
Loc auditor
Asst loc auditor
Scr supv
Transportation capt
Transportation coord
Asst to assoc prod
Asst to prod
Asst to Tommy Chong
Supv pub
Unit pub
Prod facilities by
STAND INS
Stunt coord, Stuntpersons
Stunt customer #2, Stuntpersons
Stunt driver/Narc pilot, Stuntpersons
Stunt busboy, Stuntpersons
Stunt double - Chong, Stuntpersons
Stunt customer #1, Stuntpersons
Stunt double - Cheech, Stuntpersons
Narc pilot #1, Stuntpersons
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
"Nice Dreams," music and lyrics by Ruben Guevara, sung by Cheech Marin
"Save The Whales," music and lyrics by Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Cheech & Chong's Riding High
Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams
Cheech & Chong #3
Cheech and Chong III
Riding High
Release Date:
5 June 1981
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 5 June 1981
Production Date:
end December 1980
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 July 1981
Copyright Number:
PA106801
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® camera by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
88
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
26326
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong utilize “Happy Herb’s Ice Cream” truck, repainted to read “Nice Dreams,” to peddle marijuana instead of ice cream. They meet a man at the beach, not realizing the transaction was set-up by police Detective Drooler and Detective Noodles. After the deal is complete, however, Drooler cannot start his car and is unable to pursue Cheech and Chong. While driving away, Chong wonders how much money they have earned and Cheech calculates their wealth at $17 million. Meanwhile, Drooler and Noodles go to the “Narcothon” police division and report to Sergeant “The Sarge” Stedanko, who was surreptitiously smoking a marijuana cigarette before their arrival. Drooler and Noodles report that the “ice cream” sticks bought in the undercover operation are filled with marijuana. Drooler wants to arrest Cheech and Chong, but Sarge insists the evidence must be analyzed by the police laboratory. He dismisses his men, then purloins some of the evidence to smoke, blowing the smoke out a window onto a pigeon. A Narcothon helicopter follows Cheech and Chong to the beachside mansion they are housesitting for a touring musician. Inside, Chong plays music with Ray, a keyboardist and fellow resident, while Cheech waters the marijuana plants. Later, Cheech and Chong visit “Weird Jimmy’s” marijuana grow room, where a lizard lurks nearby while Jimmy experiments on the plants. Chong easily distracts the strange man while Cheech fills a garbage bag with Jimmy’s product. At a gym, Cheech ogles a female body builder while Chong delivers a stick of marijuana to the owner, receiving shirts, vitamins, and a trophy in exchange. ... +


Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong utilize “Happy Herb’s Ice Cream” truck, repainted to read “Nice Dreams,” to peddle marijuana instead of ice cream. They meet a man at the beach, not realizing the transaction was set-up by police Detective Drooler and Detective Noodles. After the deal is complete, however, Drooler cannot start his car and is unable to pursue Cheech and Chong. While driving away, Chong wonders how much money they have earned and Cheech calculates their wealth at $17 million. Meanwhile, Drooler and Noodles go to the “Narcothon” police division and report to Sergeant “The Sarge” Stedanko, who was surreptitiously smoking a marijuana cigarette before their arrival. Drooler and Noodles report that the “ice cream” sticks bought in the undercover operation are filled with marijuana. Drooler wants to arrest Cheech and Chong, but Sarge insists the evidence must be analyzed by the police laboratory. He dismisses his men, then purloins some of the evidence to smoke, blowing the smoke out a window onto a pigeon. A Narcothon helicopter follows Cheech and Chong to the beachside mansion they are housesitting for a touring musician. Inside, Chong plays music with Ray, a keyboardist and fellow resident, while Cheech waters the marijuana plants. Later, Cheech and Chong visit “Weird Jimmy’s” marijuana grow room, where a lizard lurks nearby while Jimmy experiments on the plants. Chong easily distracts the strange man while Cheech fills a garbage bag with Jimmy’s product. At a gym, Cheech ogles a female body builder while Chong delivers a stick of marijuana to the owner, receiving shirts, vitamins, and a trophy in exchange. They return to Jimmy’s for more product and discover a lizard smoking a marijuana cigarette. Cheech and Chong wonder how Jimmy trained the creature, but he just wanders away with the lizard. Meanwhile, in the Sarge’s office, Drooler, Noodles, and a lab technician reveal that anyone who smokes the confiscated marijuana will turn into a lizard. The Sarge’s lizard-like tongue lashes out and catches a fly, then he dismisses them. Sarge smokes marijuana again, sharing it with the pigeon, who is transforming into a lizard. Drooler and Noodles alert their team to arrest Cheech and Chong. Narcothon helicopters speed to the beachfront mansion where Cheech and Chong tend their marijuana plants underneath blue tarps, but the officers are distracted by topless women on the beach. A hovering helicopter causes a small tear in the tarp, so Chong climbs a ladder and asks Cheech to hand him rope to patch it. When Cheech pulls on the rope, it topples the ladder and, as Chong falls, he tears a larger hole. While Chong gets the rope, Cheech climbs the ladder and, to fool the police, he pretends the blue tarp is a pool and “swims” atop the ladder. Cheech and Chong load their marijuana into the ice cream truck and drive away. Drooler and Noodles take Jimmy and his lizard to Sarge’s office, but cannot get their suspects to confess. As Sarge enters, Drooler misinterprets Jimmy’s mumbled words, “Big, bud, good,” and concludes that “Mr. Big” is named “Bud Good.” After Drooler and Noodles leave to find Bud Good, Sarge reveals his green lizard-like hands as he shares a marijuana cigarette with the lizard. Later, while Cheech and Chong eat dinner at a Chinese restaurant, Sydney, the agent of an aspiring female band, mistakes Chong for the musician Jerry Garcia. She realizes her mistake, apologizes, and takes their food back to her table. Cheech’s former girl friend, Donna, enters the restaurant with “Howie Hamburger Dude,” a strange, cocaine-loving man, and the intoxicated duo join Cheech and Chong. At Hamburger Dude’s behest, the four slip underneath the table to snort cocaine. As Cheech offers to drive the inebriated Donna home, Chong questions if Hamburger Dude can sell cocaine to him. Cheech and Donna attempt to have sex in a pickup truck, but the zipper on her jumpsuit is stuck. When Cheech finally gets it unzipped, Donna is unconscious, but Cheech decides to have sex with her anyway. However, he is interrupted by the arrival of two California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, who approach with guns drawn. Chong suddenly arrives in the ice cream truck and the officers shoot at the truck’s clown head. Donna regains consciousness during the gunfire and, moments later, flirts with the blonde CHP officer, who convinces his fellow officer that it would take too long to process an arrest. Chong is mad about the clown’s head, but Cheech rushes him into the truck, insisting that Chong always acts strange while under the influence of cocaine. They drive Donna home and, as they ride in the building’s exterior glass elevator, Donna offers to have sex with both men. Drooler and Noodles observe from a nearby vantage point as the trio enters Donna’s apartment. Donna sends Chong to get ice from the machine down the hall and joins Cheech in bed. Their lovemaking is interrupted by a call from Donna’s husband, Willard “Animal” Bad, who has escaped from prison and is downstairs. Cheech notices the framed bedside “Wanted” poster of Animal, which highlights his dislike of Mexicans. A knock at the door scares him and, not realizing it is Chong, a naked Cheech hides on the porch as Donna answers. Upon seeing Chong, Cheech wants to reenter the apartment, but the door is locked. Donna and Chong become intimately involved and do not notice him, so Cheech edges along several balconies and reaches the top of the glass elevator as it descends. Before Cheech can climb down, Animal enters the elevator and it rises again. When Animal exits and heads toward Donna’s apartment, Cheech tries to slide off the elevator, but is caught hanging naked in the window as people get on and off the elevator. He finally jumps into the pool, grabs a towel, and returns upstairs. Meanwhile, when Animal arrives at Donna’s apartment, Chong hides underneath the bed. Donna convinces Animal that no one else is there and they make love on the bed, which sinks beneath Animal’s weight. After the couple falls asleep, Chong crawls out from beneath the bed as Cheech arrives at the door. In their rush, they cannot find Cheech’s clothing, so he borrows a frilly outfit from Donna’s closet. Cheech questions why Chong does not have their satchel of money and Chong admits he gave the money to Hamburger Dude in exchange for a $17 million check. Cheech is aghast and claims that every time Chong uses cocaine, it affects his judgment. They go to the address listed on the check, accepting a ride from two ugly women, not realizing the “ladies” are Drooler and Noodles in wigs. The officers watch from afar as Cheech and Chong enter Casa Del Whackos. No one seems to be home, so they sleep on the porch and are awakened in the morning by a group of insane people. Inside the asylum, they find Hamburger Dude and demand their money back, but the satchel is empty. Cheech yells at Hamburger Dude, inciting everyone to scream. In the melee, Cheech is mistaken for a patient, put in a straitjacket and locked in a padded cell. Later, Chong, who is mistaken for a doctor, finds Cheech and brings Dr. Timothy Leary to the padded cell. Leary gives Cheech and Chong hallucinogenic drugs and, in Cheech’s hallucination, he imagines himself as a prisoner walking with his executioner, Chong. As the gallows drop, Cheech awakens to find Mrs. Del Whacko and Hamburger Dude in the cell with them. She orders Hamburger Dude to apologize and return the money. Cheech and Chong escape through a trap door in the padded cell while Drooler and Noodles arrest Mrs. Del Whacko and Hamburger Dude, mistaking them for the leaders of the drug ring. A lizard-like Sarge lies in the back of their vehicle, his tail hanging out of the station wagon. Later, Cheech and Chong, having lost their money, become the “Sun Kings,” exotic male dancers at Club Paradise. +

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