On this day in comedy on June 5, 1981 Nice Dreams was released by Columbia Pictures.
Directed by Tommy Chong this was Cheech & Chong’s third film. Nice Dreams is the simple story of two weed-heads who pretend to sell tasty confections out of their ice cream truck, but they’re really pushing weed. What else do you expect from weed-heads? Their goal is to make a lot of money, buy an island, get high and play music all day surrounded by beautiful girls. Thanks to a free stash unwittingly provided by their pot growing neighbor who lives below them – our boys are on their way. The money rolls in.
Obviously, whenever there’s weed flowing the cops show up. They’re onto the boys and are on their tails, but these are movie cops meaning they don’t know squat and screwing up is the reason they’re in the movie. While one cop (Stacy Keach) smokes the weed himself in an undercover ploy, his partners arrest the weed growing neighbor and not the weed selling ice cream truck drivers. After a series of misadventures including cocaine snorting, bad check passing, an attempted threesome, a released crazy husband, naked hotel scaling, a mental institution visit, straitjacketing, LSD popping and a lizard man spotting our heroes become male strippers to fulfill their broken dream. The End.
Nice Dreams featured the talents of Paul Reubens, Sandra Bernhard, Evelyn Guerrero, Tony Cox and Timothy Leary. The film made $37 million at the box office.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton
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