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California Dreaming (1979)

A nerd from Chicago tries desperately to fit in with the California surfing crowd, blind to the fact that their lives are even more boring and empty than his.

Director:

John D. Hancock (as John Hancock)

Writer:

Ned Wynn
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California Dreaming explores the unusual town of California City, which is the 3rd largest city by area in the state of California, though only about 14,000 people live there. It was ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glynnis O'Connor ... Corky
Seymour Cassel ... Duke Slusarski
Dorothy Tristan ... Fay
Dennis Christopher ... T.T.
John Calvin ... Rick
Todd Susman ... Jordy Banks
Tanya Roberts ... Stephanie
Alice Playten ... Corrine
Ned Wynn Ned Wynn ... Earl Fescue
James Van Patten ... Mike (as Jimmy Van Patten)
Stacey Nelkin ... Marsha
Johnny Fain Johnny Fain ... Tenner (as John Fain)
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Dan
Tom Rosqui Tom Rosqui ... George Booke
Marshall Efron ... Ruben
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Storyline

Young T.T. comes from Chicago to spend the summer in California. He slowly becomes "California-ized," while learning about love and life in the Golden State. Written by Alan Cantu <uncleal@softcom.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A state somewhere between fantasy and reality.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

State Beach See more »

Filming Locations:

Avila Beach, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Carradine was originally slated to star in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, items on the windowsill replace themselves after T.T. knocks them off/over with the volleyball. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in California Reaming (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Come on and Get Ready
Performed by Henry Small
Music & Lyrics by Vincent Albano
Produced and Arranged by Vincent Albano
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A real memory bringer backer !
30 December 2003 | by rokndadySee all my reviews

I saw this in the movie theater back in 1979 when I was in my early twenties. I remember being enchanted with the California surfing lifestyle... the chicks, the promiscuity, the absolute optimism. I emulated the cheating fun loving surfers, I fell in love with Marcia and Stephanie. I thought back then that Duke was a foolish old man trying to relive his glory days with his ancient over the hill ex-wife. I laughed at his pathetic attempts to hold on to his youth. I just got a vcr copy on ebay and watched it with my 10 year old daughter. She couldn't understand the tears I cried while watching Duke, such a young man now, with a vibrant, beautiful ex-wife - finally getting up the courage to grasp out for his life long-dream, coming so close - and yet, so far...Just another run of the mill surfing movie? I don't think so. The pity is that most movies don't move us the way this one does, and that with just a little creativity, they could. **** out of ****


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