Cheech and Chong have a new business driving an ice cream truck selling “Happy Herb’s Nice Dreams.” However, it is not ice cream they sell, but it is marijuana, stolen from their friend Weird Jimmy whose plantation is under their beach house camouflaged as a pool. The two eventually make a fortune. They blissfully plan on becoming “Sun Kings in Paradise” which involves buying an island, guitars, and enjoying lots of women.
The police are on Cheech and Chong’s tails from the start, as they trick the stoners into selling them some of their “ice cream.” Sgt. Stedanko (Keach, reprising his role from Up in Smoke), now himself a stoner, tests the marijuana and slowly turns into a lizard (a side effect). Just as the police storm their house, Cheech and Chong pack up the marijuana in their truck and drive off, leaving Weird Jimmy to be arrested. While Sgt. Stedanko continues smoking their product, becoming stranger and more lizard-like, his two deputies, Det. Drooler and his inept partner Noodles, tail the stoners.
Cheech and Chong dine at a Chinese restaurant to celebrate their wealth. There, they are accosted by an annoying record agent who bothers Chong (mistaking him for Jerry Garcia), followed by Cheech’s ex-girlfriend Donna (Guerrero, reprising her role from Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie) and a cocaine-snorting mental patient, Howie “Hamburger Dude” (Paul Reubens). The four of them snort cocaine under the table, prompting Chong to sign away all their money to Howie for a useless check, which they are unable to cash due to none of them having an ID.
Nice Dreams is Cheech & Chong’s third feature-length film, released in 1981 by Columbia Pictures. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Paul Reubens, Stacy Keach, Evelyn Guerrero, Sandra Bernhard, and Timothy Leary. Chong also directed the film.
Nice Dreams Movie Poster (1981)
Nice Dreams (1981)
Directed by: Tommy Chong
Starring: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Benita Barrie, Sandra Bernhard, Big Yank, Jennifer Child, Jerry Chambers, Shelby Chong, James Faracci
Screenplay by: Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin
Production Design by: James William Newport
Cinematography by: Charles Correll
Film Editing by: Thomas K. Avildsen, Tony Lombardo
Costume Design by: Sharon Day
Set Decoration by: Charles Graffeo
Music by: Harry Betts
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: June 5, 1981